CHEROKEE COUNTY —
Carnivals, festivals and other spooky-good fun stuff are planned throughout Cherokee County as the month of October closes out.
In Alto, the city's annual fall festival takes place Saturday in the city's downtown, with a WWA show, beauty pageant and car show, along with a battle of the bands, planned as part of the entertainment. For more information, contact the Alto Chamber of Commerce at 936-858-1000.
Other Saturday happenings include:
• Trail to Christ Cowboy Church's “Cowboy Carnival,” held from 4-8 p.m. at the Jacksonville church and featuring arena games, a petting zoo, hay rides, a bounce house, carnival booths, free food and live music. An “Ident-A-Kid” registration booth also will be set up at the event, as will fire and police vehicle displays. Cooks are invited to participate in cook-off events for Soup, Chili and Brisket.
• The Rocky Springs Missionary Baptist Church annual Fall Festival is also planned from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday in Dialville. Men will compete in a chili cook-off at the event, and visitors are invited to come in tasteful costume attire.
• The second annual Autumn Arts Festival, hosted by the Jacksonville Area Arts Council, runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Norman Activity Center on East Commerce, adjacent to the Tomato Bowl. “Celebrating the 60s” features a car show, food, music and entertainment.
• From 2-4 p.m., East Side Baptist Church will host a Fall Festival at its 100 Loop 456 location in Jacksonville.
• Gallatin Volunteer Fire Department's annual Halloween carnival kicks off at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Gallatin Community Center on FM 768. Hot dogs, chili dogs and Frito pies – made with homemade chili – will begin being served at 5 p.m., while costume contest judging follows from 6 to 7 p.m. Other festivities includes bingo, a cake walk and more entertainment. For more information, contact Gallatin VFD Chief George Bostock IV at 903-521-5240 or secretary-treasurer Juanita Cotton, 903-721-7952.
On October 26-27, the Texas State Railroad will host the Pumpkin Patch Express, with rides scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Guests can pick pumpkins, visit Trick or Treat Street and enjoy a hayride, games, live entertainment and more; children are invited to come in costume. Food vendors will be set up on site.
To learn more, contact 903-683-2561 or toll-free, 877-726-7245, or visit www.TexasStateRR.com.
On Sunday, Oct. 27, the third annual St. Jude Festival will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Jacksonville, featuring a day of food, fun, music and entertainment.
From Oct. 27-30, Trinity Assisted Living center – located at 131 Zimmerman Dr. in Jacksonville – will host four nights of fun, with trick-or-treating planned for little ones. Visitors can stop in from 6-9 p.m., “paying” only one canned good item that will be donated to H.O.P.E. To learn more, call the center at 903-245-6135.
Central Baptist Church is offering a fun, safe alternative to trick-or-treating with an annual Harvest Festival, held from 6-8 p.m. Wed., Oct. 30, at the church's Family Life Center. Visitors can enjoy games, food and fun for an admission of one non-perishable food item per person or one bag of individually wrapped candy per family, which will be donated to H.O.P.E.'s Manna Pantry. Costumes are welcome, but no "spooks" please.
For more information, call the church at 903-586-2215, or email Joanna Jordan at email@example.com.
On Halloween, Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, at 1023 Corinth Road in Jacksonville, will host Trunk or Treat in church parking lot, beginning 5 p.m.
Another Halloween Day event is the annual “Street Sweets” event sponsored by the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, located on East Commerce Street, adjacent to the Tomato Bowl.
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