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Community events finally return in October

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The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of countless community events during the past six months. Though October will be absent of annual events like Wilder Day, which was previously canceled due to the coronavirus, this month’s calendar is pretty packed full of activities for area families to make life feel a little normal for the first time in a while.

Pumpkin Patch time

The Spring Hill Pumpkin Patch is currently open offering a fun time for families 11 a.m.-dark on Saturdays and noon-dark on Sundays. There is an admission, but I’m telling you, the cost is worth the price. There’s a corn maze, train ride, hay fort, slides and of course pumpkins to pick out for your family. My family really enjoyed our time there last year. For information, call 417-259-7837.

Cabool’s Tractor Pull

The Ozarks Older Iron Club’s Fall Show & Tractor Pull will be held Friday-Saturday, Oct. 9-10 on Cannaday Lane in Cabool. This annual free event typically has a solid turnout. We are being told that parking with chauffeured golf carts will be available for the handicapped. For more information, call 417-372-7989.

Hartville’s Fall Festival

The 42nd Annual Fall Festival will be held in Hartville on Saturday, Oct. 10. After having to cancel their Civil War event earlier this summer due to COVID-19, I am so glad Hartville is going to be able to hold their Fall Festival. Entertainment features The SouthWynns and the event includes several contests throughout the day. The day, which starts at 9 a.m., will conclude with a 3:30 p.m. parade and a 4 p.m. merchant’s drawing.

In knowing the Vesper Service is already canceled for the Christmas season, this will be one of the final events in Hartville in 2020. I expect for there to be a large number of people turning out for the event.

Trunk or Treat time

Both the City of Mountain Grove and the City of Mansfield are getting their vendors lined out for the annual Trunk or Treat on the squares of both towns. Mountain Grove approximates that nearly 1,000 children received candy on the square during the well received 2019 event. This year, their Trunk or Treat event will be held from 4-7 p.m. The City of Mansfield’s Trunk or Treat event will be held from 5-7 p.m. While excited about the schedule, I do encourage everyone to wear a mask and practice social distancing the best they can when attending the events. COVID-19 cases are still rising. It doesn’t hurt to be safe while we enjoy these events that give us something “normal” for a change.

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