Batesburg-Leesville comes together for huge Halloween festival that treats entire community
Batesburg-Leesville, SC (Paul Kirby) – The Batesburg-Leesville community came together Tuesday night in a collaborative effort that was all about community, fun, families, and fellowship. The coordinated effort among a number of community groups that included the town, the police and fire departments, the merchants of both ends of the town, the Batesburg-Leesville Women’s Society, the citizens and homeowners of most of the homes along Main Street, several other key thoroughfares, and a host of others, all combined to make a colossal block party for everyone to enjoy.
In the park behind Midland’s Technical College, there were games that included a maze, a costume contest, face and pumpkin painting, music, a designated place to take pictures,and just kids playing ball and other children’s games in the grass. Whiz’s Eatery provided a huge cauldron of delicious chicken bog that they were giving away and there was enough candy to keep the community’s dentist busy until the event rolls around next year.
Up and down both sides of Main Street children rushed up and down the steps of stately homes as their parents waved and waited patiently on the well-manicured lawns as the owners doled out handfuls of candy to the children squealing with delight. At First Baptist Church of Leesville, the parking lot and other parts of the property were also abuzz with folks just being families and enjoying themselves. There too, children enjoyed good things to eat, games, and other organized activities while adults visited with neighbors they see every day and some old friends they hadn’t seen in a long time.
Ted Luckadoo, Batesburg-Leesville’s town administrator, said that all hands were on deck from the town in order to make the event a success. He said that the staff of every department from the person who accepted payments of the water bills to the police officers, and even the staff of the streets department had all pitched in together to ensure everything was just so. He praised the business owners for their part and said that the heart of the little town was the small businesses, and it was good to see them growing.
At about 8 p.m., the crowds began to fade away as parents hustled their families home to get ready for school on Wednesday, and a return to normal. For Batesburg-Leesville, that’s welcoming, warm, and inviting; a model of southern hospitality that dates back centuries and still returns throughout the year to welcome everyone to slow down, visit, and enjoy!
You can find out all about what’s happening in Batesburg-Leesville by following any of the following links:
The Town of Batesburg Leesville: http://www.batesburg-leesville.org/
The Batesburg-Leesville Chamber of Commerce & Visitor’s Center: http://batesburg-leesvillechamber.org/
The Women’s Society of Batesburg – Leesville: https://www.facebook.com/Womans-Society-of-Batesburg-Leesville-146060062264562/
Lexington County School District Three: http://www.lex3.org/pages/Lex3