By Tia Lynn Lecorchick Managing Editor
Downtown Rutledge was overrun with ghouls, goblins, superheroes, and other beloved iconic characters during the city’s annual Spooky Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 25. On a perfect Fall day, dozens of families celebrated in the downtown square while children showed off their creative costumes, played in the park, and feasted on hotdogs and candy. “The kids just love it,” said Ed Hogan, owner of the Caboose in Rutledge. “We had a really good turn out,” said Malcolm Gillis, president of the Merchants’ Association. “We do this every year because we love Rutledge and want to do it for the kids.” The festival featured a costume contest, haunted hayride, an inflatable slide, a trunk-or-treat, and refreshments. Proceeds from the hayride and refreshments will go toward supporting the Morgan County High School Softball Team. The costume contest was broken down into 6 age groups, with first, second and third place prizes for each group. One costume was selected as the overall winner,; that title was awarded to Roman Gillis for his robot costume. Best homemade costume went to Addison Mullins for her bookworm costume. All first place prizes were $10 and all second and third place prizes were $5. The haunted hayride was a huge success, as a creepy clown served as a tour guide through Rutledge. Organizers are already brainstorming for making next year’s event even spookier. They hope to add a Jack-O-Lantern contest and take the Haunted Hayride through the Rutledge cemetery. Rutledge’s next big event will take place the weekend of Nov. 22 with its annual Christmas in the Country event. For more information, visit: Smallbutspecial.info. More details coming soon.