Carvin' up fun at Halloween fest

Rocklin to host free event on Oct. 29
By: Gloria Beverage, Placer Herald Editor
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Rocklin’s annual Halloween Festival is returning thanks to a partnership with First Step Sports Marketing Group, a Loomis business that organizes fundraisers, special events, community and sporting activities. “We are working with the city of Rocklin Community Services,” said President Jim Crosthwaite. “Although this is a first-year event for us, they ran a similar event for many years and it was very successful. The free event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29 at Sunset Center, 2650 Sunset Blvd. One of the highlights of the day will be a pumpkin carving contest, which is open to schools, businesses and area residents. Carved pumpkins must be delivered to Sunset Center by 5 p.m. on Oct. 28. Cash and school prizes will be awarded. A costume parade will be held at 1 p.m. To participate, costumed characters must check in by 12:45 p.m. All participants will receive medals. Throughout the day children can enter a coloring contest, trick-or-treat at special rooms in the center or participate in carnival games. Vendors offering children’s gifts and toys will be getting into the spirit of the festival with special decorations and activities for the younger set, Crosthwaite said. He indicated hay rides, at $1 per person, will start at the center and meander through the neighborhood before returning to the center. “We are still looking for volunteers to help us run the games and activities,” he said. First Step Sports Marketing has co-sponsored the popular Woofstock event in Rocklin for the past five years and recently organized the Honey Festival as well as the Night of a Thousand Pumpkins in Folsom. For more information on volunteer opportunities or to sign up for a vendor booth, call Crosthwaite at (916) 768-9781 or visit www.first stepsportsmarketing. com.