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By DAVID CAMPHOUSE
For the second year, the Pittsfield Golf Cart Club will hold a Halloween parade, which will run from Pittsfield High School to the square, beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30.
According to Pittsfield Golf Cart Club member Patty Ruble, the group is looking to build on the success of last year’s parade.
“It’s our second year of doing it,” Ruble said. “Last year we had about 70 golf carts, ATVs and side-by-sides in the parade.”
Ruble said, in addition to the carts, ATVs and side-by-sides, trucks pulling floats are also welcome to participate in the parade this year.
According to Ruble, the idea for last year’s parade was prompted by concerns over trick-or-treating during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“What started it was my grandkids couldn’t go trick-or-treating,” Ruble said.” Ruble said. “So we thought, ‘let’s have a parade and throw the candy.’”
Participants in the parade are directed by the Golf Cart Club to arrive at the high school at noon, at which point judging of the parade participants will begin. The parade, itself, begins at 1 p.m. – traveling from PHS, up Monroe Street, to the square.
Following the parade, Ruble said the carts will park on the sidewalk surrounding the square.
“They’re going to give out trophies for the decorated carts and floats,” Ruble said.
A costume contest will also be held on the courthouse lawn following the parade. In addition, a traveling broom and trophy will be awarded for the best witch at the parade.
Ruble reminds attendees along the parade route to use caution around the vehicles in the parade.
“I don’t want kids running too close,” Ruble said. “Sometimes it’s hard for the drivers to see. Parents, make sure you’re watching your kids while they’re grabbing candy. Some kids get so excited. It makes me nervous.”