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By Echo Menges
This year’s Knox County Chamber of Commerce Safe Stop Trick-or-Treat looked a little different than in years past, which is because of the pandemic. Chamber organizers decided an outside, socially distanced trunk-or-treat was called for.
According to Chamber Secretary Shannon Downing, this year’s event fetched the usual number of trick-or-treaters estimating between 320 and 350 children attended.
“I think we are on par with previous years and have about the same number of kids – right around 320 to 350. I know one booth is right at 300. Another reported giving out 400 treats. We’ll average those together,” said Downing.
Downing, who for the Halloween happening became the “Chicken Lady”, spent the late afternoon directing traffic from the Main and Monticello Streets intersection showing parents and children which way to go to better keep households separated. She also provided sterile gloves to the treat hander-outers.
Children were offered treats bags by Edina Post Master Theresa Hunolt, hot dogs by the Knox County Health Department, and an assortment of treats and other items from local businesses, churches, and community groups.
Those represented during the event include: the Edina Post Office, the Knox County Rescue Squad/Hurdland Volunteer Fire Department, the United Methodist Parish Knox County Clothes Closet, the Knox County Health Department, IDK Cafe in Baring, the Edina Christian Church, Prairieland FS, the Knox County University of Missouri Extension Office, Luther Green Candidate for Western District Commissioner, 100.5 FM KMEM Radio Station, the Edina Assembly of God Church, Hawkins Insurance and Bridget Nunan Insurance Agent, the Citizens Bank of Edina, C&R Market in Edina, the Doss Funeral Home and The Edina Sentinel.
While the number of children in attendance remained consistent with previous years, the number of groups handing out treats was noticeably down and accounts for roughly a 25 percent decrease in participation. Taking into account that election years have attracted more participants in the past, comparing to past election years – the participation gap widens to roughly a 50 percent dip.
The Edina Sentinel provided a photo opportunity for everyone who wanted one from the 4-H/FFA Pavilion stage during Safe Stop. We have posted 151 photos from the event to our Facebook page and the NEMOnews Facebook page.