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Record turnout hits downtown

More than 1,000 children attended the Safe Trick-or-Treat event held in Grass Valley’s historic business district Tuesday, a sponsoring official said.

“It was incredible,” Grass Valley Downtown Association Executive Director Howard Levine said. “I think it was the biggest turn-out we’ve ever had.”

People from city government and local social organizations gave away books and personalized book markers at the Center for the Arts.



A free puppet show at the center taught children to be aware of people who may try to take advantage of them, Levine said. Other events allowed children to play games, including one that taught about taking care of their teeth.

Gary’s Place, a bar, had a bounce house outside for trick-or-treaters.




Judges awarded the annual recognition and traveling plaques in the following categories:

Best Halloween window: La-Te-Da, with mannequins dressed as witches.

Most enthusiastic: Stucki’s Jewelers, with a boat on the sidewalk and employees dressed as pirates. Yar!

Best-costumed business: Tess’ Kitchen Store, with people dressed as characters from the “Wizard of Oz.”

Best costume theme: Citizens Bank of Grass Valley, with a “101 Dalmatians” theme.

Most child-pleasing: Center for the Arts, with their book give-away and other events.

Best overall: Grass Valley City Hall, with an under-the-sea theme. Employees dressed as jellyfish, mermaids, scuba divers and other sea creatures.

Special mention: Network Real Estate, for decorating their whole corner welcoming people to Grass Valley on Halloween.

Already, a challenge has arisen for next year between Tess’ and Stucki’s, Levine said.

“Every merchant is behind it 100 percent,” he said. “They ran out and got more candy because 40 pounds wasn’t enough.”

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To contact City Editor Trina Kleist, e-mail trinak@theunion.com or call 477-4230.


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