Growth Alliance offers fun activities in October

Staff Writer

October will have some great activities in downtown West Point, thanks to the West Point Growth Alliance.
"We will have Walk to School Day, Wednesday, Oct. 2," Lisa Klutts, director of the West Point Growth Alliance, said. "We'll meet by the gazebo in the park to walk to East Side and at the Mission for Church Hill and South Side. We meet at 7 a.m. and start walking at 7:25."
Any parents who would like to walk are welcome to come along and be part of the fun. The children will return home the way they do every day, as bus riders, car riders or walkers.

Makin' Hay in Sally Kate Winters Park in downtown West Point, has been scheduled for 9 a.m. - noon, Saturday, Oct. 12.
"Makin' Hay gives vendors a opportunity to sell their fall produce and hand-made products," Klutts said. "Groups can set up small, kid's carnival games, face-painting, Jeremy will be driving the tractor for the hay ride. It is a fun way to spend a fall morning."
Lancaster Farms will have pumpkins of all sizes, colors and shapes. Pumpkins for carving, or for decorating through Thanksgiving can be found at Makin' Hay.
"The Pumpkin Patch in Caledonia has closed," Klutts said. "So those who would go there to pick a pumpkin, there will be plenty to choose from at Makin' Hay."
Klutts said she always schedules Makin' Hay on a Saturday that MSU is not playing in Starkville.
"I'll be selling West Point coffee mugs, note pads and things like that," Klutts said. "I won't have street signs and things like previously."

Then there is everyone's favorite parade, the Boo Parade, at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.
"I still haven't decided what I will wear yet for the Boo Parade," Klutts said. "I'll have something good by then."
Area child care centers, Clay County Head Start and Pre-Ks and Kindergartens from East Side and Oak Hill Academy will join in the fun and children and adults will get all dressed up and march in the parade.
"Mom's can dress up their babies and toddlers and walk too," Klutts said. "Bring all your little monsters, superheroes, fairies, princesses, ghosts, witches and goblins. It's a great way to get Halloween started before the big night of trick or treating. Everyone is invited to dress up and be part of the Boo Parade."
For more information on any of these events or how to become a vendor at Makin' Hay, call the West Point Growth Alliance 494-5121.