Heroes, monsters flood the lake

Posted 11/3/20

Parked cars lined the entirety of Lake Madison Park from the splash pad onward Saturday as countless citizens attended Madisonville’s Fall Festival to celebrate Halloween. The event included vendors, decorations, games, a costume contest and, of course, candy.

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Heroes, monsters flood the lake

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Parked cars lined the entirety of Lake Madison Park from the splash pad onward Saturday as countless citizens attended Madisonville’s Fall Festival to celebrate Halloween. The event included vendors, decorations, games, a costume contest and, of course, candy.

Brittany Puckett, Karina Munoz and Martina Munoz were all saddened by the cancelation of the annual Madison County Chamber of Commerce Trick-or-Treat on the Square event as well as the annual Mushroom Festival, which were both nixed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I guess the mom came out of us and we said Halloween needs to go on,” said Martina Munoz, who organized the festival with Puckett and Karina Munoz. “We needed to do something for the kids.”

The three women worked tirelessly with community fixtures to organize the event in less than a month.

“It started with an idea,” said Puckett. “We were going to put this together and make it great for the community, and here it is.”

The plan first became public when they posted the idea on Facebook.

“We had a lot of responses,” said Karina Munoz. “But only (the organizers) showed up to the meeting. So we thought, how are we going to put this together? How is it going to work with three people? The community really helped a lot. This would not have been possible without them.”

The three organizers began voraciously contacting businesses throughout the county to inquire about possible vendors and sponsorships. They were blown away by the responses they received on such short notice.

The event drew a massive number of attendees, exceeding the expectations of the organizers. All three women offered their gratitude to all of the organizations and volunteers who helped make the afternoon possible in any way.

“It might become an annual thing,” said Puckett. “We are open to that.”

Children who attended were also welcome to participate in a costume contest at the conclusion of the event. Winners included Raylee Malloy (first place), Darren Grimm (second place) and Tilly Bishop (third place).

Vendors attending the event included Elias Reyes Taqueria, Steak On A Stick, Elyana’s Boutique, I Am Fitness, Babes and Bams, Shaw Snowcones, Daisy Jae Boutique, Ana Robles Beauty Avenue Salon, Chey’s Cups, Burlap and Bows, Mud Bear Collection, Alpine Creations and C&L Nut Co.

The event’s many sponsors included the following organizations and individuals: Corner Creek Cattle and Cannabis, S&S Auto and Truck Repair, Above and Beyond Cleaning, Patty Cakes Childcare, First Baptist Church, G.W. Mills, Henson Dealerships, Faith Baptist Church, Walmart, Ace Hardware, House of Hope, Standley Feed & Seed, Brad Brock, Los Ranchos, Rancho Viejo, Sign Gypsies of Huntsville, Curb Joy Signs, Santos Munoz Landscaping Creations, Versatile Hair Studio, Ashley Lyons, Latham Small Engine Shop, Partying With Sisters Photo Booth, Leno Angeles (who provided the moon bounce), LFI Postal, Quincy Surface, Brookshire Brothers, the Madisonville Police Department and the City of Madisonville.

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