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by Patty Cheffey
Delicious smells and wondrous sights as well as some good old-fashioned fun will again be featured during Palmyra’s Taste of Palmyra event Monday, Oct. 17.
Running from 5 to 9 p.m. in downtown Palmyra, the event will feature around 30 food vendors and 30 craft and information vendors.
In addition, Main Street between Church and Hamilton streets will be filled with kids’ activities, sponsored by Hannibal Regional Medical Group.
Those activities include a bounce house, big carnival games and pumpkin bowling as well as guest children’s author Ron Kinschert, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, which will also have a raffle of kids’ baskets.
At the same location, the Chamber of Commerce will have photographers available to take pictures of the kids in costumes for a fee.
Trunk or treating from local businesses will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. in that area as well. Children will also parade up and down Main Street, trick or treating at downtown businesses. Halloween bags are provided by HOMEBANK.
Parents as Teachers will also be sponsoring games for toddlers, including a corn pool and pumpkin pounding.
A cake walk will also be included the fun events and will feature games and prizes.
Live entertainment will again take center stage, including the crowning of a new Pre-Junior Miss Marion County. Events on the stage are sponsored by FosterAdopt Connect and Chariton Valley.
Palmyra’s Got Talent will begin at 5:45 p.m., with general announcements at 6:30 p.m. Steppin’ Back takes the stage at 7 p.m.
The annual antiques and classic car show, sponsored by Bud’s Paint and Body will again be held near the courthouse, as will the antique tractor show, sponsored by S&N Partners Syndenstricker Nobbe.
Food available will include baked goods, ice cream, various pork sandwiches and dishes, funnel cakes, wings, Mexican, yogurt, cookies, red beans and rice, cheese, coffees, teas, hot chocolates, lotus, kettle corn, Krispy Kreme donuts, fish sandwiches, fried oreos, hot dogs, baked potatoes with toppings, pretzels, peach cobbler, and chicken and noodles, among lots of other food items.
Maid 2 Clean is sponsoring the tables and eating area.
Craft and other items will include clothing, keychains, towels, jewelry, notepads, cedar boxes, antiques, home decor, rock painting, tumblers, jams, candy, healing plants, temporary tattoos, homemade pasta and sauce, bottled liquor, dry nail polish strips and hand care products with several other items available.
In addition, there will be information booths for flu shots, political candidates, fiber and the Palmyra School foundation.
For the first time, the Chamber is offering Taste of Palmyra commemorative t-shirts in limited sizes and quantities. Those are available now from the Chamber.
Complete lists of vendors and additional information about Taste of Palmyra can be found on pages 6 and 7 in this week’s Spectator.