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Ghouls, goblins and homesteaders descend on MJ

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Mt. Juliet was the place to be this past weekend, that is, for ghosts and goblins and those who want simpler times.

There was another record crowd at the city's Halloween in the Park held at Charlie Daniels Park. Thousands showed up, dressed from scary witches to Tinker Bells.

The park sprawled with inflatables, a petting zoo, pony rides and, of course, tons of booths from local business owners generous with the free candy.

The costume contest was a big hit, emceed by Parks Director Rocky Lee. It's one of Mt. Juliet's biggest hits each year, he said.

And for perhaps another crowd, the Mt. Juliet Homecoming took up both days across the street from the park, off West Division, where citizens crossed a bridge and stepped back in time to what it was like in Mt. Juliet during times past.

Dana Loggins helped organize the two-day event that took place on one of Mt. Juliet's few remaining farms. There were pots of beans over open fires, kettle catfish, demonstrations of old-fashioned push peddle sewing and a plethora of real time craft vendors.

Bluegrass music filled the air, tall and curvy tales were told, and many "ole Mt. Juliet folks" were reacquainted. Newcomers were in awe of a place that paid homage to the days of old and an effort to keep history and traditions alive.

Writer Laurie Everett can be reached at

Photos by LAURIE EVERETT / The Wilson Post

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