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Williamsport Sun: October 27, 1939 – Expect 2,000 Children in Halloween Parade Elks Offer $100 Awards

Two thousand students from Williamsport and vicinity are expected to participate on Tuesday evening, October 31, in the second annual Halloween celebration sponsored in this city by the Williamsport Lodge of Elks. Officials of the lodge and members of the various committees planning this event met last evening in the Elks Club. They said 800

Two thousand students from Williamsport and vicinity are expected to participate on Tuesday evening, October 31, in the second annual Halloween celebration sponsored in this city by the Williamsport Lodge of Elks.

Officials of the lodge and members of the various committees planning this event met last evening in the Elks Club. They said 800 children have registered.

The celebration is to have two features. It will include a street parade in which the children will compete for awards. Following this, entertainment for the children with refreshments, is to be held in the Elks’ auditorium. To be eligible for the awards and the evening entertainment, parade participants must register and hold properly designated competition numbers.

Registration stations are being maintained at the following points: The Elks Club, East Fourth Street; Delbert’s News Agency, South Williamsport; Stopper’s Service Station, Montoursville; Shapiro’s Furniture Store, Newberry and Jarrett’s Barber Shop, East End.

It was announced at the meeting last evening that awards in cash and merchandise will amount to $100. Judges will include Chester B. Breon, chairman, Mayor Charles D. Wolfe, Robert J. Steinhilper, Carl H. Hall, James F. Collier, Walter C. Coder, and John H. Bower.

Awards are to be given to the largest group parading, best costumes, best decorated bicycle, decorated vehicle, pets, impersonations, and miscellaneous classifications.

Permission to enter the parade was granted to two more musical organizations by the committee last evening. Besides the other bands, the West Branch Council Boys Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Junior American Legion, Garrett Cochran Post 1 Drum and Bugle Corps and Junior Girls Drill Team will march.

The committee again emphasized that all participants must register and bear the numbers assigned them in order to compete for the awards and attend the party, which is to be given in the Elks’ auditorium after the parade.

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