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Spooktacular thanks

Dear Editor,The City of Glenwood Springs Parks & Recreation Department would like to thank everyone for coming to the Community Center on a blustery Halloween Night for our “Spooktacular” Halloween Carnival. It was great to see all of the little ghosts and goblins participating in fun family events on this festive occasion. The true “skeleton” of the carnival would have to have been the community groups and organizations who volunteered their time to help us put on this event. I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank them for their hard work. The Glenwood Springs Lions Club came through once again and provided human power, with a smile, for all of our carnival games. The Glenwood Jaycees, with the help of the EPYCS group from the high school, put together the scariest haunted house I have seen. I hope we did not keep too many kids (and parents) up with residual nightmares. A special thanks to Dominos for providing the sustenance to keep the volunteers fed and happy for their long shifts as “carnies,” “mummies” or “ghouls in the graveyard.” The city crews worked all night (for many nights) to get the Ice Rink operational for the party and have created a new tradition of ice skating on Halloween. Thanks to Wizard Sineh for his accurate and entertaining predictions of the future. Kudos to Kimberly Henry from KMTS for being our MC for our costume contest and to Rick Tadus, Levy Burris, Steve Burkey and Dan Rodgerson for the difficult task of judging that contest. Thanks to Rick Davis who made time in his busy campaign schedule to help us blow up and hand out 1,000 balloons. Thanks to Jeannine Ford-Artaz and Tara Laurette for entertaining the little ones with “not-so-spooky-stories” and pumpkin crafts. Thanks to George Lloyd for donating the 70-pound pumpkin to our “guess the pumpkin’s weight” contest. Thanks to Shaunna Roberts, Chery Earnest, and Sean Jeung for their endless energy. Several local businesses are thanked for their generous donation of goods and services for the celebration. Their generosity enabled us to put on this grand event and helped to ensure that each child walked away with a goody bag filled with candy and prizes. These sponsors also assisted in making sure that the costume-contest participants and climbing wall contest competitors were duly rewarded for their efforts. We could not have had such a “spooktacular” event without the help of these individuals and businesses. See you next year . if you dare!Sincerely,Eric BrendlingerYouth Program CoordinatorGlenwood Springs Parks & Recreation Department


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