If you are driving into downtown Centreville on October 31st don’t be surprised if you run into some spooky characters and festively-face painted kids as the Town of Centreville will be hosting its fifth annual Centreville Day on Halloween. This free family event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Lawyers Row and the Court House green. The rain date is November 1.
Centreville Day is designed to bring families together to enjoy a variety of activities and to celebrate the picturesque assets of Centreville’s downtown. The event will include an “Idol” contest, organized by a Queen Anne’s County Public Schools teacher and an interactive Kids Zone, organized by volunteers from the Queen Anne’s County Children’s Council. Although admission is free, food will be sold and some games or activities may have a fee to support local organizations.
The Kids Zone will be located on the Court House lawn facing Liberty Street. This area will feature story time, presented by the Queen Anne’s County Library, face painting, and other hands-on activities, such as corn hole free play, pumpkin bowling and painting!
Other event features include:
- An anti-bullying puppet show, presented by the ARC of the Central Chesapeake Region Eastern Shore.
- A community arts project, presented by the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council.
- Final judging for the “Great Centreville Cookie” contest. Entry deadline: Wednesday, October 28th.
- A historical scavenger hunt, coordinated by the Queen Anne’s County Historical Society.
- A mini-greenhouse project where participants will sow winter seeds.
- Games and activities, organized by local non-profits, civic groups, and businesses.
Centreville Day is quickly becoming a popular event not only for area families, but also for non-profits, agencies and businesses to share information and do outreach to families,” says Carol D’Agostino, Centreville Main Street manager. “Last year we saw attendance more than double from the previous year. This year, groups like the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council are planning post-Centreville Day events. The Arts Council will ‘parade’ children from the event site to the Arts Council for a festive community costume party,” she adds.
Volunteer, vendor & sponsorship opportunities available
Centreville Day is presented by the Town of Centreville, and is made possible by the Centreville Day Steering Committee and the generosity of event corporate sponsors. The steering committee includes a wide cross section of volunteers, including residents, teachers and administrators from Centreville schools, volunteers from the Queen Anne’s County Children’s Council, the Queen Anne’s County Library, the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council, the Queen Anne’s County Historical Society, the local Habitat for Humanity chapter, local non-profits serving children and families, and businesses. If you are interested in getting involved or are a student who wants to earn community service hours by volunteering, please contact Carol D’Agostino at (410) 758-1180, ext. 17 or email@example.com.
Returning this year as media sponsors are WCEI-FM 96.7, Easton and the Record-Observer, Centreville. Last year’s corporate sponsors were: Gold Sponsor ($1,000) – CNB; Silver Sponsor ($500) – Corsica Technologies and The Gunston School; Other (More than $300) – Kent School (Sponsoring the face painter) and Queen Anne’s County YMCA (Sponsoring the moon bounce); Bronze Sponsors ($250) – Davis Moore Shearon & Associates, LLC, Draper Bros, Inc., Freestate & Son Insurance, The Gray Family, Lane Engineering, LLC, Queen Anne’s County Library, Rosendale Realty and Wye River Upper School; and Other ($100 and Under) East Coast Bail Bonds and Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, PA.
Vendor applications and contest forms
The event will provide vendor/exhibitor opportunities for civic and non-profit groups to do community outreach or fundraising as well as businesses to promote services and upcoming promotions of interest to families. Space is limited. The deadline for exhibitor/vendor and food vendor applications and payment is Monday, October 26th. All exhibitor/vendor applications and the Great Centreville Cookie contest forms are available at Centreville Town Hall and online at www.townofcentreville.org.
To learn more about Centreville Day or to have a vendor application or contest form emailed to you, contact Carol D’Agostino, Main Street manager, at (410) 758-1180, ext. 17 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PHOTO: Centreville Day Steering Committee members are busy at work planning 2015 Centreville Day which will be held Saturday, October 31, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown Centreville. From left, are: Mary Beth Johnson, Mary Walker, Betty McAtee, Althea Stubbs, Judy Corchiarino and Petty Officer First Class Michael James Foster.