March 18, 2019

Annual ‘Trunk or Treat’ at Heard Arena draws huge crowd

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(Franklin) — The Heard County Community Partnership held its annual “Trunk or Treat” event at the Heard County Covered Arena from 6:30 PM until 8:00 PM on Halloween night.

This year’s event had a record breaking 39 decorated “trunks”thanks to volunteers from throughout the community taking part in the exciting event.

The event also had a hay ride made possible by the Heard County High School Future Farmers of America as well as a spooky maze sponsored by the Heard County Fire and Emergency Services. Both activities maintained a line of participants, even after the scheduled event hours.

Volunteers and participants coordinated and designed the arena. It was packed with vehicles, equipment, a tractor-trailer, and lots of decorations.

An estimated 2,500 participants attended the event, most of which were dressed for the occasion.

The judges for the Most Original “Trunk” awarded the first place prize to Girl Scout Troop 13324 and second place went to the Heard County Water Authority.

Judges were faced with the extremely difficult task of deciding the top two since there were so many excellent “trunks” displayed at this year’s event.

The Heard County Community Partnership and local public safety agencies would like to thank the volunteers and visitors of this event.

The unwrapped toys and monetary donations that were gathered have been delivered to the Heard County Sheriff’s Department to be locally distributed this Christmas.

“Without the support of all the great volunteers this event would not have been possible,” said Executive Director Angela Denham of the Heard County Community Partnership. “I would like to thank the Franklin Police Department, Heard County Sheriff’s Office, and Heard County Fire and Emergency Services for their generous candy donation to each trunk participant.”

“Trunk or Treat is an awesome event in many ways and allows a safe environment for everyone to gather; lessening pedestrian and vehicular traffic, and ensuring candy is being provided by trustworthy people,” said Chief Kevin Hannah of the Franklin Police Department.

“I would like personally thank everyone that played a role in making this event successful and I enjoyed spending my Halloween with the citizens and visitors of our great community. For those of you that were not able to join us this year, we hope that you will make plans to do so next year and we encourage you to sign up to decorate a trunk of your own.”

“First and foremost, I’m so proud to live in a community where the citizens care deeply about the children,” said Heard County Sheriff Ross Henry.

“The annual Trunk or Treat is a great event that allows our children to still dress up in their costumes, have loads of fun and be in a safe environment. The event allows the children to not only experience “trick or treating,” but they also get to walk through a haunted maze and even go on a hay ride.”

“I’d like to thank all the organizations and volunteers who make this event possible every year,” added Sheriff Henry. “Thank you to all of the participants for taking time to decorate a trunk and give out candy. The smiles on the many small faces makes this such a worthwhile Halloween celebration.”

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