Local businesses plan Trunk-or-Treat event
With the announcement by the Nevada/Vernon County Chamber of Commerce earlier this month that the group would not be facilitating this year's Safe Treats Parade on Halloween in light of COVID-19, local businesses have come together to plan a Trunk-or-Treat event.
Working at a business on the Nevada Square for several years, event organizer Candi Byram stated, "It's always fun for us to hand out treats, dress up and all the kids dressed up and having a good time. When I was told it wasn't happening this year, I knew I had to do something."
Byram said the Chamber of Commerce referred her to the Nevada Mayor George Knox. "I spoke with him and expressed that I had just been at Flannel Fest the weekend before and there was an upcoming golf tournament, as well as a haunted house open in Nevada," noted Byram. "These kids deserve to trick-or-treat."
After being directed by the Mayor to contact the police department to obtain an event permit. Since the Nevada Square will not be shut down for the event, an event permit was deemed unnecessary. Only the north and east sides of the Square will be utilized, where businesses can pass out treats and other businesses/individuals can back their vehicle up and pass out candy.
"At this point, several businesses are on board and several other people in the community have reached out to participate," noted Byram. "It would be great to have a big turnout for the kids."
The event will be from 5 to 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30, on the north and east sides of the Square.
If you or your business would like to participate, contact Candi Byram at (417) 448-1611.
In addition, the Vernon County Health Department released a list of safety tips for trick-or-treating this Halloween. These steps to protect yourself and others against COVID-19 and the flu include:
• Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters
• Give out treats outdoors, if possible
• Set up a station with individually bagged treats for kids to take
• Wash hands before handling treats
• Wear a mask
• Remember to social distance when possible