SHERWOOD – A Harvest Homecoming and Sherwood Forest Haunted Walk will be held Oct. 19-20 in Sherwood.
All money raised during the event weekend will go back into the Sherwood Parks. Last year’s homecoming funds went toward purchasing a new merry-go-round and mulch for Moats Park.
To start off the day on Saturday, Oct. 19, the Sherwood Library will have its open house and dedication of the new addition from 10 a.m.-3:30 pm. The dedication ceremony will take place at 1 p.m.
At 3:30 p.m., the park board will take over with the Harvest Homecoming events. A costume parade will commence at 3:30 with line up beginning at 3 p.m. in the parking lot of the Little Reservation Station Playground. Everyone is welcome to participate with floats also. The first 50 kids in costume will receive a gold dollar, sponsored by the Sherwood State Bank.
This year, the parade will start at the playground and end at Moats Dealership, and will NOT be crossing the railroad tracks.
Sassie the Clown will then be judging costumes at Crystal Fountain Auditorium with prize categories from toddler to age 8. Grand marshal will be Jim Timbrook, who has spent many years developing the ball fields at Moats Park.
From 4-6 p.m., food will be served at Crystal Fountain Auditorium. Robyn Crites will be preparing a delicious meal to include beef and creamed chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, noodles, baked beans, homemade pies, coffee and punch. Everyone can come down and have a good meal and a friendly conversation with your neighbors and friends.
New this year will be the Sherwood Forest Haunted Walk, a 20-minute guided stroll through the woods behind the auditorium. The walk will be held from dusk until 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 and from dusk until 10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20. The cost is $7 per person. Tickets can be purchased inside the Crystal Fountain Auditorium. This walk is not recommended for children under 13 years of age.
Organizers say they have seen many spirits in the woods left from years ago and they can hear the sounds of hungry animals throughout the trees. They guarantee visitors cannot get out of the woods without their heart skipping a beat or two, if they manage to get out at all.
During the evening of both nights, the kitchen will be open serving hotdogs, cookies, hot chocolate, coffee and cider.
This is the first year that organizers have tried to bring the spirit of Halloween back to Sherwood since the end of Haunted Hollow Hayride in 1999. If all works out this year, they would like to make it an annual event stretching throughout the month of October.
Volunteers and bakers are still needed,. Contact Lynn Wonderly, park board president at 419-899-2069 or go to the web site at http://www.perfectpotluck.com/meals.php?t=PRLQ4527 to sign up.