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By Carissa Sitki
Witches flew into Grafton by the coven last Saturday, Oct. 23, where they participated in Halloween festivities from 4 p.m. to midnight at the fourth annual Witches on the Water festival. After being canceled last year due to COVID, the witches were ready to be back in action.
The Witches on the Water committee consists of Trebe Bradfisch, Christine Brame, Jennifer Floyd, Deseray Hardwick, and Jessica Hayes. The event, which carried a cost of $10 per entry, was for a good cause. Aside from the cost to put on the event, the proceeds will be used for a memorial in the City of Grafton.
“We plan for the funds to be put toward a Veterans memorial monument in Grafton and a mural, as well,” said Bradfisch. “We’re witches with a plan, we’re not those flighty witches.”
Registration ran from 4 to 7 p.m. at Mason Hollow Park where witches received their wristbands to get all of the witchy vip access to the entertainment and specials at the participating locations throughout the city. Also at Mason Hollow, there was a tarot card reader, Kayla Johnson; a kettle corn stand; bonfire; fire performance by Sierra Spin Craze; costume contests; and prize drawings.
Following registration, the witches took to the town, dispersing throughout Grafton. Participating businesses were Bloody Bucket, Oyster Bar, Lighthouse Nutrition, Gold Bar, Grafton Market, 3rd Chute (who generously provided shuttle transportation for the witches), Drifters, Grafton Pub, Hawg Pit, Loading Dock, Grafton Harbor, Bobby G’s, and Hideaway Farms. There were drink specials, live music, and more.
Witches who visited at least seven of the locations were entered into a drawing to win a grand prize cauldron with a $500 value.