December 2016 Featured 

2016 Halloween Carnival

What a great evening we had! We’re so glad so many of you joined us for our neighborhood Halloween carnival this year. Attendance topped lasted year by close to 100. Approximately 700 neighbors, family and friends came out for the festivities.

The highlight of the evening for us was seeing so many of you in costume—spooky, cute, elaborate, simple, and creative ones. Lots of families this year dressed in theme costumes. So fun! You can see some in the photos here. We gave out lots of ribbons. The Best Adult Costume award went to Ray Prisco dressed as Creepy Nola Clown. First Place in the Group Costume category went to Johanna and Dean Moore, a mother-son duo, dressed as ancient Egyptian Gods. Second Place went to the Chad and Sandre Redel family, dressed as baseball concessions. Third Place went to the Russell & Heidi Moore family dressed as 1001 Dalmatians. Other costumes receiving honorable mention: the Chris and Cinco Sorrow family dressed as lawn ornaments, the Randy and Miranda Barsch family dressed as bee keepers, and Randy and Lili Terry dressed as King Tutt & Cleopatra.

So many people contributed their time and effort to make this annual carnival possible. Their names are listed below. Thank you all for making this another fun event. We hope to keep the tradition going for many years. Your help and participation makes that possible. We want to shout out a special “thank you” to the following:

  • The residents of Spring Hollow Circle and portions of Spring Hollow Drive for graciously allowing us to take over their street and transform it into carnival grounds.
  • Steve Stolte for leading the charge in setting up lights and games. And all the guys and gals that helped out with set up.
  • Karen Stuart and Ann Cox for taking care of food and drink purchases, organizing all the rentals, set up and organizing service of the grilled hot dogs, chips and drinks.
  • Sue Parma for setting up and overseeing the Entry Tables. She and her crew are the gate-keepers for this private neighborhood event.
  • Tina Ladewig for handling the candy gathering and distributing.
  • Graham Bryant for getting patrol officers lined up for that evening. We had four there.
  • Jim Bong for providing the music and PA system. He is so easy to work with and takes care of everything involved. Having music a part of the event really makes a difference and sets a festive mood.
  • Jason Ladewig, who assisted Van in transporting the games from our storage facility to the event site, and vice versa.

It takes so many people to make this event possible year after year. There is so much work behind the scenes that most people never see and are not aware of.

I’m making a plug now that you will consider being one of the many neighborhood volunteers next year. Until then . . . hope to see you around the neighborhood.

~Van & Sheri Littrell

We also want to extend a thank you to you folks who contributed your time and effort for the benefit of the carnival whether it was helping set up, manning the entry tables, overseeing a game, managing bounce houses, dispensing candy, grilling or serving food and drink, judging costumes, packing everything up, picking up trash, or transporting the items from and to storage. It takes so many people for this event to happen and go smoothly. So thank you, neighbors, for stepping up and thank you, LHHS students, for helping us out. Hope you all had a fun evening!


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