Flatwoods Harvest Festival October 8

Flatwoods Harvest Festival October 8

Morgan Hall 

The Ashland Beacon


   The Flatwoods Parks and Recreation members gathered to announce upcoming events via Facebook, one being the Flatwoods Harvest Festival. “Spooky season has officially started,  we are in the 'ber' months," shared Josh Joseph. 

   The annual Flatwoods Harvest Festival comes with much anticipation. " So much fun, lots of things to do this year. We'll have the addition of laser tag, two escape rooms, and a haunted house," exclaimed Joseph. Bring your family for a wholesome good time in Flatwoods. Hayrides and barrel train rides will be available all day for those wishing to take a ride provided by the GOTEM Club. 

   There will be various vendors. "Crocheted items, homemade bath items, Scentsy…all the smell goods. We're going to have O' That Cake vending. She makes amazing cakes, they're very realistic and super delicious," described Stephanie Huffman. Mark Gullett assured us there will be a nice variety of food vendors as well, such as Chuy’s which will have authentic Mexican food. They are a fairly new vendor and they were at the previous Flatwoods Arts and Eats Festival.

   Marty Helms and the Ryan Bonner Band will be providing musical entertainment for the event. Bring yourself a chair and soak in the autumn air, as you listen to some awesome tunes from these folks. 

   The activities will be endless. "We will have our costume contest, pumpkin carving contest, and archery compliments of Raceland High School Archery Team, complete with zombie head targets. Check on the Flatwoods Parks and Rec Facebook page for upcoming details," added Joseph. 

   Line-up for the parade will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the local Flatwoods Park. The parade route will go down Argillite Road and to the shopping center. 

   They are going to have zombies walking in the parade. They will have a zombification station on-site if you want to be a walker. You can volunteer to be a zombie via their Facebook page.

   Huffman reflected on her parade float from last year, "I don't know if anyone saw my debut as Winifred Sanderson- it was amazing! I had so much fun singing, 'I Put a Spell on You.' It was so much fun dancing with my friends on the Float. Everyone seemed to enjoy it."    

   Following the parade, you can come on down to the Park After Dark. "Bust a move with me at the rave. I do have arthritis and it's worth the pain the next morning, said, Joseph. Huffman added, "We have plenty of glow sticks to go around." So, grab yourself a glowstick and boogie down with your neighbors. 

   "The movie that night will be the original Hocus Pocus, it starts at 9 p.m." shared Gullett. Bring a chair and maybe a blanket, and curl up with your friends and family, while you watch the classic Halloween movie. 

   Gullett wanted to mention their advisory council members Rosa Gullett and Beauford Hurley for advising the committee, as they wanted to express their appreciation. Additionally, Joseph wanted to thank Flatwoods Mayor Ron Fields and expressed he has been great to work with, to make this festival happen. 

   “We're so excited for this event, it just keeps growing, growing, and growing! It only continues to grow by all of our community coming out and participating, supporting each other, making memories, and smiling," concluded Joseph. 

   Come on out to the Flatwoods Harvest Festival, bring your family and friends. Flatwoods Parks and Recreation board has put so much work into making this annual event a success. Last year they had roughly 4,500 people in attendance, so they anticipate a good turnout. The Flatwoods Harvest Festival will be on October 8, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Flatwoods City Park. 

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