Fall is in the air, as organizers with the City of Jay, work on not one, but three events for DelCo residents.
The first, a fall festival, will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21, around the Delaware County Courthouse in Jay.
The event, organized by City Clerk Camrine Thompson, has grown to include a vareity of arts and craft vendors, an assortment of food offerings and games for children.
"We just want people to enjoy something fun and to have a family-orientated event," Thompson said.
The event will include more than 33 vendors, featuring everything from clothing for children and adults, jewelry, beauty products, items for a home, and arts and crafts.
Thompson said vendors are still being accepted through WEdnesday, Oct. 18. Cost is $20 per booth.
For food options, participants will have a choice between three food trucks and two school fundraisers.
The food trucks include: Honey Coffee Break, a gourmet coffee and breakfast truck, Arctic Fox, offering sno cones, funnel cakes, and cotton candy, as well as pulled pork nachos and sandwiches, and Sugar Jim's Chuck Wagon, which features fry bread hamburgers and Indian Tacos.
Members of the high school cheerleaders will offer hot dogs and nachos for sale, while their mid-school counterparts will sell walking tacos.
Gamewise, the event will offer bounce houses and an assortment of lawn games including corn hole, checkers and basketball/football tosses, for free.
Face painting, provided by a professional artist, will be available for a small charge.
Kasen’s Costume 5K/Fun Run
The following weekend, on Saturday, Oct. 28, Thompson is sponsoring the Kasen’s Costume 5K & Fun Run at the JB Earp Football Stadium in Jay.
The event is designed to raise funds for Kasen Sparks and his family, due to his ongoing medical expenses and treatment in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Pre-Registration for the 5K is $25, and for the Fun Run is $15. On the day of the race the costs will be $30/20 respectively. Day of race registration will begin at 7:30 a.m.
The Fun Run will begin at 9 a.m., with the 5K at 9:30 a.m. Medals will be given to the top three male/female finishers in standard age groups, as well as a medal to the best costume kid/adult. The first 300 at check-in will receive a t-shirt. Timing will be completed by Tatur Racing. Costumes are optional.
"I had donated to the hog fry, bought a t-shirt and still didn't feel like I had done enough," Thompson said. "My husband suggested, since I help with the chamber's Huckleberry Run, we could put on a run."
Thompson would like to have 300 runners or walkers, which would top more than $5,000 for the family in entry fees.
Sponsors from both individuals and businesses, are needed, to help offset the cost of the event. Thompson said sponsorships can be as little as $50, and go up to $1,000.
Persons interested in signing up for the run/walk can contact Thompson at the Jay City Hall for a paper entry, or sign up online at http://runsignup.com/kasensparks
Trunk or Treat
The city's annual trunk or treat will take place from 5:30 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 31, around the Delaware County Courthouse Square.
The event will include games, bounce houses, candy, a costume contest at 6 p.m., and a photo booth by Phorever Studio.
Thompson said vendors/participants willing to pass out candy are always needed. She tells participants to plan for 2,500 children, as many take part in the trunk or treat, rather than traditional trick or treating.
Thompson said while many of the participants represent businesses or organizations, last year, a couple of women sat together and passed out candy at the trunk or treat, rather than staying home.
Thompson said there's no charge for setting up at the trunk or treat, and spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. She does ask candy participants to contact her, to so she can keep track of who plans to pass candy out.
During the trunk or treat, Thompson said, bounce houses will be set up on the courthouse lawn, and children will be able to take part in face painting and balloon animals, all at no charge.
Persons who are interested in setting up a “trunk” or volunteering for the trunk or treat, setting up a vendor space for the fall fest, or signing up for the 5K/fun run, may contact Camrine Thompson at 918-705-1898, 918-253-4148 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.