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Linda Kellett - Gathered outside the Fort Plain Fire Station following the annual Halloween parade are Fort Plain residents Sahoutah Lanier and Quornay Eley, dressed in retro styles. back row; and “Angry Bird” Matthias Gritzback, 4; “Draculana” Heaven Robinson, 6; skeleton Mekhi Lanier, 9; drama queen Trinetty Lanier, 9; cheerleader Jozalynn Lanier, 8; and monkey E’Nyjah Eley, 2.

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Creatures great and small take to Fort Plain’s streets

Thursday, November 08, 2012 - Updated: 11:24 AM

By LINDA KELLETT

C-S-E News Staff

FORT PLAIN — Let the wild rumpus start!

“Wild things” of all shapes and sizes tromped through village streets Wednesday night, roaring their terrible roars, gnashing their terrible teeth, rolling their terrible eyes — and showing off their Halloween costumes during the Fort Plain Fire Department’s annual holiday parade.

As many as 250 disguised youngsters, family members and friends were anticipated for the holiday event, which has been a longtime tradition in the community.

When asked how many years the event has been hosted here, department public information officer Jeffrey Smith said department personnel have been hosting the parade and open house since before he was born.

“When I was a little kid, I used to come here dressed up. ‘Forever’ is the answer,” he joked.

He said, “The department does a great job, and we try to get the community involved for a safe night where kids can come out, enjoy themselves, and get snacks. We have 20 firemen here tonight, which is very good.”

Department Captain Adam Swartz and Treasurer Scott Crewell, who co-chaired the event, credited fire personnel, local business owners, and others with its success.

“It’s a community effort,” said Swartz. “A lot of thanks goes to the chief for letting us go ahead with it. The storm [Hurricane Sandy] went into [the decision]. We weren’t sure if we could have it this year.”

Included among this year’s donors were the Beech-Nut Nutrition Corp., which donated $200 to help defray costs; Pavlus Orchards, which donated cider and apples despite a difficult growing season; Freihofers; Save-a-Lot; Stewart’s; and McDonald’s.

Crewell said, “We try to base [needs] on the previous year’s numbers. We usually have around 200 people.”

Swartz said his wife, Kathy, helped to do a lot of ordering. “She had to bag up the candy to make it easier to hand out” to the children, he said.

Kathy said that 250 goodie bags were prepared in advance.

As the last of the costumed children exited the fire station, Smith said, “Now they can go out and trick or treat.”

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