By Tim Ferguson, Columnist
Rutledge, what a great place to live. There are lots of events going on in this community. Saturday, October 26, two exciting, fun and meaningful events took place in Rutledge. The first event, which took place in the morning, was the Trick or Trot. The second event, the Trunk or Treat took place in the evening. The Trick or Trot is a 1 mile fun run and a 5k run to raise money for technology enrichment for the Morgan County Elementary school.
This event could not take place without the hard work of many volunteers. The head volunteers for this year’s event were Kristi Friddell and Stephanie Keener. There were signs lining Dixie Highway acknowledging some 50 corporate sponsors who supported this event. Four hundred fifty eight runners signed up for the run. Approaching town for the event, the temperature was a brisk 34 degrees.
Medium frost was on the ground. Fog lay on the cold ponds like a fluffy warm blanket. There was not a cloud in the clear blue sky. The sun had not yet risen above the trees. A left on East Main St. revealed the first evidence of the run. Orange, yellow and black balloons marking the start line floated directly in front of the Rutledge United Methodist Church. At 7:53 a.m. a crowd of 50 or more had already gathered in the Rutledge Park around the gazebo. Tents were scattered in the park along with a giant blow up slide to keep the children entertained.
The Zaxby’s tent gave out free chicken biscuits. Close to 8:30, hundreds of runners headed to the start line for the 1 mile fun run. Thirty minutes later, the 5k began. Awards such as Lowe’s and Chop House gift cards and Tervis Tumblers were handed out to 36 winners from various age groups. After the runs everyone gathered in the park for giveaways from Zaxby’s, Teal Couture, Peddles, Super Market Equipment Sales, East Metro Eye Care, and Paschal Orthodontist, among others. The event was a huge success. Special thanks to the Volunteer Fire Department for providing safety the day of the race. The second event, the Trunk or Treat, took place in the evening.
The Trunk or Treat was put on by the Rutledge Recreation Department and the Morgan County High School Softball Booster Club. The softball team raised money with an old fashioned cake walk, hay rides, and selling roasted corn and hot dogs. The weather was ideal. A light jacket was comfortable as light eased in to darkness. About 10 ghoulishly decorated cars and trucks backed up to the park with treats for the kids.
At dusk from the mouths of babes came the magic words “Trick or Treat” as they walked from trunk to trunk and store to store, followed by a costume contest with prizes for all ages. Laughter could be heard throughout the park. There were ghosts, witches, hippies, vampires and just plain good ol’ kids. The Rutledge Garden Club sponsored a scarecrow contest. Three $25 prizes were awarded to the winners. What a day. Two great events put on in the same day in this “Small but Special” town.