By Dawn Krebs
ST. LUCIE COUNTY - Nothing says fall in Florida like the appearance of pumpkins. And no one does it better at combining fall activities and children than the Fort Pierce Downtown Business Association.
This year, the organization is teaming up with the Manatee Center to bring fall festivities alive with its annual Great Pumpkin party.
"This is its second year," said Deborah Cohen, one of the organizers of the event. "Last year, we had about 200 children, and close to 500 people."
The party will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Second Street in downtown Fort Pierce between Orange Avenue and Avenue A. Cost is $3 per person.
Children will be able to decorate pumpkins, enter a costume contest and be part of a number of age-related activities.
A representative from the Fort Pierce Police Department will be on hand to educate the children on Halloween safety. The St. Lucie County Fire Department will also have one of their fire trucks at the event, and will be talking to kids about fire safety.
"The Humane Society is coming, and Oxbow will also be here with a presentation of creepy creatures," she said.
The Oxbow Eco-Center is an environmental learning center in St. Lucie County.
There will be performances throughout the evening include representatives from the police athletic league, Common Ground Church and K&D Martial Arts.
But the fun isn't limited to just the kids. Adults can enjoy live music, and have a chance to win door prizes and purchase 50/50 tickets.
"There's something for everyone," Ms. Cohen said. "It's a lot of fun."
The Great Pumpkin party will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 24 on 2nd Street, between Orange Avenue and Avenue A in downtown Fort Pierce. Cost is $3 per person and parking is free.
For more information, call (772) 528-2513.