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Madness returns in October events

Sep 19, 2017

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL

 

With October about two weeks away, the Washington Chamber of Commerce is finishing its schedule for “Oktober Madness,” the month long celebration of the coming of autumn and the special events that will happen all through the month.

Chamber event planner Alisha Davis said a schedule of events would be run in The Journal and the Washington Shoppers Guide and would be available on the Washington Chamber of Commerce website. She also said the current schedule is not quite complete and people should check the schedule regularly for additions.

“We added a new event on the KeWash Trail,” Davis said. “They did it last year, but we will be sponsoring them for that.”

Dates and times of the haunted KeWash event will be listed as they become available. A Haunted Trail also will be held at English River Outfitters on Oct. 27 and 28.

The annual Marr Park Halloween Hike will be held Oct. 21 this year from 6:45 to 8 p.m. This year’s theme will be “Babes in the Woods.”

Additionally there will be a pumpkin draw at iTech/iWireless all month long with a Change to Win prizes.

Activities begin on Oct. 1 with the performance of “Three Iowa Sopranos” at the Washington Performing Arts Center. Oktoberfest will be held at Horak Insurance on Oct. 5.

Returning this year will be Retail Moonlight Madness on Oct. 19 from 4 to 8 p.m. with “mad retail sales” downtown. So far, participating stores include: Brown’s Shoe Fit, Fareway, The Village, Earthly Blessings, Dodici’s Shop, Wolf Floral, Jaz It Up, Repurpose It, and Shabby Bliss.

The annual Trick-or-Treat Around the Square on Oct. 31, which regularly boasts about 800 participants. The Trick-or-treat event begins at 5 p.m. at the Central Park bandshell with many activities planned. The YMCA of Washington County will again host many free events for children. Activities include pony rides, hay rides, hot dogs, a bounce house and games. The citywide trick-or-treat will be from 6 to 8 p.m.

Originally, “Oktober Madness” encompassed only the Trick-or-Treat event. Since hundreds of people from all over the country were attending, the retail “Moonlight Madness” event was added. Three years ago, the event lasted a week and two years ago, the Chamber expanded it into a full month of celebration.

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