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Megan Huffman watches as her daughter, Clara carefully paints a pumpkin during Family Fright Fest last year. (File Photo)

KEOKUK 鈥 Rand Park is going to be so much fun on Saturday, it澳门开奖 going to be frightening.

The annual Family Fright Fest is set to take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21 as the Keokuk Park and Recreation Advisory Board and the Lake Cooper Foundation continue its partnership to bring the fantastic Halloween event to the park.

This year, there will be all the familiar favorites that have been part of the event for years now, but also a few new items for people to check out and enjoy.

As for the favorites, the kids attending are not going to be wanting for candy when the show wraps up, because the park board again is bringing hundreds of dollars of the sugary treats to pass out to all the youngsters who would like some. The Lake Cooper Foundation also will have its cotton candy machine cranked up and ready to serve. Lee County Health Department will be offering popcorn.

It澳门开奖 not all empty calories, however. Lake Cooper also will again be providing free hotdogs at the event. And for those who want to try something else, Tastebuds and Sugar Addicts Mini Donuts will be on the scene with food available for purchase.

There will be two rides at this year澳门开奖 event. The hayride will be sponsored by the Presbyterian Church of Warsaw and Farm & Home of Keokuk. It is the traditional ride around the park on a hay rack.

There澳门开奖 a second ride, that澳门开奖 something different. Horse 鈥榥鈥 Around Farm will be bringing its 鈥渨obble wagon鈥 to give rides. Many who attended the Keokuk Labor Day Parade saw this wagon in action. The name is an accurate description. Anyone who gets motion sickness might stay away.

There are a variety of activities set for the event. The Keokuk and Jackson Township fire departments will have trucks for people to look over.

There will be a petting zoo by Full Moon Farms. Petting the animals will be free, but cones of feed to give various animals will be $2. Young animal lovers also will be able to get a pony ride, provided by the Keokuk Saddle Club from noon to 2 p.m. for the cost of $5.

A popular feature last year will return to the event on Saturday. The Quincy Axe Throwing Company will bring its mobile throwing unit. Last year, many enjoyed trying to fling the axe to get it to stick in the target at the end of the trailer.

Kids also will be able to pick out a pumpkin for free, sponsored by Jim澳门开奖 Greenhouse and the UFCW Local 617. For those who would like to participate, there will be a carving contest, with pumpkins being judged at 3:30 p.m.

There also will be the annual costume contest, with prizes in various categories. The contest will be held at 3 p.m.

There is plenty of time for the forecast to change before Saturday, but at the moment, the weather should be mild and sunny, with a high of about 61 predicted.