According to MainStreet Executive Director Sharon Marr, thousands will gather downtown for entertainment, treats and tricks.
Weather for one of the biggest events of the season should be good.
Festivities begin at 5 p.m. around the Courthouse Square and surrounding streets.
Entertainment begins at 5 p.m. on the Main Stage at the Courthouse Plaza.
“This evening opens with a performance by Bradley Central High School’s Show Choir Vocal Motion. The award-winning group is directed by Laura Jaber Guyton and choreographed by Jeremiah Pritchard,” said Marr.
At 5:30 p.m. local group RidgeFarm Band takes the stage. RidgeFarm is a soul-driven rock and roll band that from the beginning set out to create meaningful songs with a goal that has always remained the same — good music, a good message and good times.
The RidgeFarm Band features Todd Davis, Trey Gray, Marc Ingram, Matt Ingram and Brian Lessig.
RidgeFarm songs have a distinct sound influenced by gospel music fed to them as children, all the way to the great Southern rockers.
RidgeFarm has also performed with many national acts such as Dave Matthews Band, Derek Trucks Band, The Marshall Tucker Band, Edgar Winters, Goose Creek Symphony, Leon Russell, Leftover Salmon, Blueground Undergrass, Gibb Droll Band, Webb Wilder and The Freddy Jones Band.
At 7:30 p.m., enjoy the showmanship and Motown sounds of the band Higher Ground. Higher Ground has been playing around the Southeast since 1999. It consists of highly talented professional musicians from Nashville.
Higher Ground has a vast repertoire of music from the 1960s up to today’s current sounds.
Marr said in addition to great entertainment, there are many other activities.
n The Costume Contest, sponsored by Mars Chocolate, begins at 5 p.m. on the Fun Stage at the Post Office Annex. Costumes will be judged in age categories 0 to 2 years, 3 to 5 years, 6 to 8 years, 9 to 12 years, 13 to 15 years, and 16 to adult. Trophies will be awarded for first through third place in all age categories and each participant receives Halloween treats, compliments of Mars Chocolate.
n Treat Street, sponsored by Mars Chocolate, will be located on Church Street in front of the Police Services Center. Treat Street is open from 6 to 9 p.m. It is a favorite among children as Church Street is transformed into a candy land for kids. Children visiting Treat Street are assured a big bag full of Mars Snackfood goodies with Cooke’s Food Store providing 10,000 orange grocery bags to hold the candy.
n Children will also enjoy the DARE Midway that will be filled with air toys including a giant slide and bouncers. The DARE Midway is sponsored by the Cleveland Police Department and Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.
n School, churches and local businesses complete the festival as they fill the vendor booths around the Courthouse Square.
Marr said there will be plenty of activities at the booths including face painting, candy, great food, and much more. Enjoy all types of foods including barbecue ribs, grilled chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, funnel cakes, Greek cuisine, and much more.
Sponsors include at the Platinum level: Mars Chocolate North America and Pioneer Credit; Gold level: Johnston Coca-Cola, Cleveland Police Department and Bradley County Sheriff’s Office; Silver level: Brenda Lawson & Associates, Larry Hill Ford, Cleveland Risk Management, Ed Jacobs & Associates, Andrew Johnson Bank, Cleveland Apple Festival; and Bronze level: BB&T, Don Ledford Automotive, Easy Auto, First Tennessee Bank, H&R Block, and Waste Connections of Tennessee.
In-kind sponsors include Apple Valley Orchard, Bradley County, city of Cleveland, Cleveland/Bradley Courts Community Service, the Cleveland Daily Banner, Cleveland Utilities, Cooke’s Food Store and Super Savers, Cleveland Utilities, Keep America Beautiful, Shannon & Associates Advertising Group, SunTrust Bank, and WCLE Mix 104.1.
The National Weather Service is predicting a cool evening for Halloween.
No rain is in sight for the event.
For more information on this free family event contact MainStreet Cleveland at 479-1000 or visit the website www.mainstreetcleveland.com.
4 to 6 p.m. at Bradley
Sponsored by Westwood Baptist and Living Word Church
Store will have free treats for youngsters. Churches will have food, games, entertainment and more.
5:30 to 8 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Stuart Road Campus
Free food, cotton candy, popcorn, inflatable games, carnival games, pony rides and petting zoo. Friendly costumes welcomed. Open house tours of the new First Baptist Building will also be available.
Shuttle transportation will be provided from YMCA, Hobby Lobby and Family Life Center parking lots beginning at 5 p.m.
6 to 7:30 p.m. at Westmore Church of God’s Candies Lane property
6 to 8:30 p.m. at South Cleveland Church of God
Tall Betsy Storytelling Night
4:30 to 9 p.m.
at Museum Center
Event sponsored by Guthrie Pumpkin Farm and Corn Maze. Free admission to this evening of family-friendly Halloween stories.
Benton Arts and Crafts Show
1 to 6 p.m.
around Benton Courthouse
Gospel music acts will perform during the day. There will be food vendors, a quilt show, art demonstrations, a spinning wheel, boats, and a bouncy house. The event will end at 6 p.m. with a costume parade around the courthouse.
5 to 10 p.m. in downtown Cleveland
u Treat Street, sponsored by Mars Chocolate, will open at 6 p.m. on Church Street.
u Costume contest begins at 5 p.m. on the Fun Stage at the Post Office Annex. Sponsored by Mars Chocolate, there will be trophies and candy for winners in each category from infants to adults.
u Air toys will provide bounding fund until 9 p.m. at the DARE Midway. The jumping fund is sponsored by Cleveland Police Dept. and Bradley County Sheriff’s Dept.
u Karaoke will allow attendees to show off t her talents with Detour deejay on the fun State.
u There will be more than 40 booths with foods, games and more.
u Entertainment on Courthouse State includes:
5 p.m. — Bradley Central Show Choir Vocal Motion
5:30 p.m. — RidgeFarm Band — a soul-driven rock and roll band
7:30 p.m. — Higher Ground, a popular group performing Motown sounds.