Maplesville’s Treats on Main deemed success

Published 1:27 pm Wednesday, November 1, 2017

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior Staff Writer

Maplesville’s first Treats on Main was well attended with many community members hoping it becomes an annual tradition.

Local businesses, organizations and community members lined Main Street to hand out treats, ranging from candy and juice boxes to free hot dogs.

Aidan Abbott, who dressed as a panda for the event, said he researched ideas on the internet to choose his costume.

“I realized I wanted to be a panda because of Dude Perfect (a sports stunt show that features a panda character),” Abbot said.

Free candy was, obviously, the highlight for the children who attended.

Diana Agee went as a butterfly.

“I love it,” Agee said.

She also loved all the candy she had collected.

Linda Smitherman with the Maplesville Utility Board was helping hand out candy in front of the office.

“I think it’s great and the weather is beautiful,” Smitherman said. “The turnout has been great.”

Community member Audra Childers was also handing out candy. She said she wanted to participate “because it brings the community together.”

The Ray family used the event has a teaching opportunity as 4-year-old Carson helped his parents hand out candy.

“We thought it would be fun and a good way to teach him about giving and sharing,” Jennifer Ray, Carson’s mom, said.

Dad Greg Ray said it’s important to teach these lessons while children are young. The family had fun sitting on the side*/=walk and giving out candy to the steady stream of children at the event.

In addition to the edible treats, children could also participate in a slime making activity outside the library.

Chilton-Clanton Library director Savannah Kitchens said 96 children were able to participate before they ran out of supplies.

“It went really well,” Kitchens said. “We had a great response.”

The response was larger than expected, which she said was a good thing.
The town expects to hold the event next year.