Tornado risk doesn't dampen spirits

This little cutie took home a first place ribbon with her incredible Wicked Witch pumpkin, which she entered in the Fairfield Lake State Park's first annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest.
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Warnings of tornadoes, hail, and strong winds are not enough to stop Halloween! Masked children took advantage of a break in a line of storms that moved through Freestone County late Halloween afternoon. Because of the weather the annual Boo on the Square event was moved into the Green Barn at the fairgrounds, but Fairfield churches still hosted their trunk or treat events.

“There’s no way I could count how many kids attended,” said Chamber Executive Director Brenda Pate. “One man said he thought all of Freestone County was there!”

Fairfield Lake State Park hosted a pumpkin decorating contest and had many creative entries including Jack Skellington and girlfriend Sally from Tim Burton’s A Nightmare Before Christmas. But judges chose as the first place winner the Wicked Witch. Taking second place was a John Deere tractor pumpkin, while Avie Daniels won third place with her Donut Touch my Candy pumpkin.

“It was a great turnout,” said Park Ranger Kris Simmons. “They loved it and we’ll definitely do it again next year. Even the people just walking by loved how creative it was!”

Freestone County was under a tornado watch until 10 p.m. that night; however, after about 6 p.m. the rain and gusty winds subsided although a cold front had moved



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