By Brian Graves, Staff Writer
Friday, November 2, 2012 —
Down the street they came.
Proceeded by a police escort and drummers from North Stanly High School, an estimated 500 ghouls, ghosts, goblins and creatures of all shapes and sizes went on a rampage through downtown Albemarle.
But, no one was hurt and everyone got a sack full of candy and a lifetime of smiles and memories.
It was the annual Albemarle Fall Festival sponsored by Albemarle Downtown Development Corporation (ADDC).
Many were in line for the parade almost an hour before the scheduled start and most took the time to admire each other’s costumes and take a roll of photographs for the scrapbooks.
Organizers of the event were pleased with the turnout despite the quick turn of cold weather and continued threat of rain and drizzle that hit the area Tuesday.
“Last year, we had about 800,” said ADDC Administrative Assistant Victoria Sites.
“We had expected 1,000 this year, but the cold weather probably kept some away.”
Sites added that just having half of what was expected still made what has become a city tradition a success.
Almost as soon as the parade came to a halt, the children were off and running to the nearest business who had someone outside with a container of candy to dispense.
Some went straight to the town square where various types of activities were offered.
Many were still there or knocking on the participating businesses’ doors long after the scheduled end of the event.
“It was a cold afternoon, but just seeing the kids in the community with their friends and parents having good, safe and clean fun was enough to warm the hearts of everyone who participated,” Sites said.
“We appreciate all of the businesses who opened their doors and hope they got as much from the experience as the kids did.”