‘Festival of Fantasy’ set for Oct. 28

Halloween is just around the corner, and there is a dedicated group of volunteers who wish to bring family-friendly fun to our fair city.

“Festival of Fantasy” will be from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28. Event organizer Tim Hughes said, “I did this to give kids a chance to be empowered by their own creativity.”

Hughes stressed the need to hold an event like this to show the creative side of Halloween, rather than just the scary side.

Participants will have a chance to use their creativity to make costumes or to make the last-minute touches before the parade, which steps off at 11 a.m. Ghosts, goblins, princesses and pirates are expected to participate in the route, which is from the downtown pedestrian mall to the Riverfront Museum Park.

The activities and entertainment will be on the pedestrian mall. “The Undertaker” will serve as DJ and will have contests and prizes o’plenty.

Awards will be given in six categories in three age groups. Those adorable 2- to 5-year-olds are the Jack and Jill O’Lanterns. Ghosts-r-us is the name of the 6-10 age bracket. And Spook-tacula are the 11- to 12-year-olds.

Pre-register your witches and super heroes at the following Rockford locations: Dairy Queen, Culver’s and Rockford City Hall. The first 500 kiddies to register receive a goody bag full of sweet treats and coupons.

Sponsors are essential to bringing this event together. The committee wishes to thank the funders: Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, Rockford Area Arts Council and Rockford Health System. Thank you also to the work of the Mayor’s Office of Tourism, Culture and Special Events.

In other business, don’t forget the Rockford Area Arts Council grant applications are due Friday, Oct. 27.

Anne E. O’Keefe is executive director of the Rockford Area Arts Council.

From the Oct. 25-31, 2006, issue

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