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Halloween in the Park returns Saturday

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Popular Mt. Juliet event rained out last year

Ghouls and goblins will mingle with stormtroopers, tiny Tinker Bells and many monsters Saturday at the 15th annual Halloween in the Park at Charlie Daniels Park in Mt. Juliet.

It's an especially anticipated event, because last year Halloween in the Park was rained out, according to City of Mt. Juliet Event Coordinator C.J. Kiekens. She said trick-or-treaters of all ages are invited to converge at the park for the celebration that is scheduled from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Kiekens said the event is free, and children can receive candy and goodies from more than 60 vendors, plus enjoy an array of fun activities.

"This is our most popular event for families," she said. "The forecast is just 20 percent for rain, so we are keeping our fingers crossed this year."

At one point through the years more than 6,500 people came dressed in a myriad of costumes to fill their goody bags with candy donated from various business vendors.

Kiekens said there will be a costume contest for newborns up to 17-year-olds, as well as a version for pets. Toys will be awarded to the 10 top costumes from each of the seven categories. There will be three judges: a city staff member and two citizens. Former city commissioner Jim Bradshaw has volunteered to judge the fun contest.

"We will have pony and hayrides, a petting zoo, inflatables and a trackless train," Kiekens said.

Organizers expect about 5,000 participants.

Writer Laurie Everett can be reached at laurieeverett1@gmail.com

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