Lynn Varian and Tricia Spear

Hometown Halloween 2010 Slideshow

October 31, 2010 - Hometown Halloween 2010

Shorter lines, warm weather, and lots of treats made for the best Hometown Halloween in years! A different event layout was a great success and helped to do away with the long lines. Candy and game stations were spaced out from Blue Ridge Street to Cleveland Street, around the square, and everywhere in between. Trick or treaters were glad to get their goodies without a long wait!

Festivities started at 4:30 p.m. when traffic was closed to motorized vehicles. The first activity was a costume contest. Hoola hoop kids, pink feathered showgirls, Hanna Montana, a sock monkey, yellow peeps, and a Dalmatian puppy took top honors. Mayor Conley, Marie Antoinette, the Bride of Frankenstein, another Dalmatian Doggie, and lots of parents cheered for the contestants and congratulated the winners.

The 2010 Hometown Halloween on the Square attracted people of all ages. Everyone from babies and toddlers to grandparents and senior citizens come out to participate in the excitement. Lots of teens were on the square this year with costumes ranging from scary to outlandish. Super heroes, ninja warriors, ghosts, witches, wild animals, skeletons, princesses, pirates, vampires, jail birds, werewolves, gypsies, Indians, fairies, hippies, the Wizard of Oz characters, clowns, ladies of the night, goblins, and monsters of every description were loose on the square.

The decorations this year were fabulous and made for great photo ops. Fall flowers and pumpkins covered the rock steps and archways. Creative carved pumpkins perched on the wall facing Cleveland Street. Favorites included Winnie the Pooh and one with deer horns attached. There were gourds that looked like snakes, animated characters, life size monsters, huge spiders, and several scary enactments. Even grown ups were frightened when the bloody corpse near Haralson Drive sat up and screamed “Boo!”

Vendors gave out everything from candy to boiled peanuts including apples, popcorn, flash lights, silly putty, stuffed animals, and other toys. Kids enjoyed games, winning prizes, and getting enough candy to last until Christmas. Thanks to all the businesses, civic organizations, and volunteers that make the Hometown Halloween on the Square possible. You are greatly appreciated.

 

Hometown Halloween on the Square in Downtown Blairsville

Hometown Halloween on the Square in Downtown Blairsville, Georgia

Halloween Meeting
Clockwise from back row: Janet Hartman, Jim Conley, Colleen Urbaniuk, Johnny Carroll, Michael Baxter, Cheryl White,
David Dyer, Kay Jones, Mary Ruth Cook, Scott Deyton, Tim Wood, Chris Urbaniuk, Scott Stephens, and Charles Worden

September 24, 2008 - Appreciation luncheon for Blairsville, Georgia officials

Blairsville, Georgia and Union County officials recently attended a luncheon hosted by the Downtown Development Authority of Blairsville. During the meeting, members of the DDA thanked guests for all that they do to protect our hometown. Colleen Urbaniuk said, "Thank you for all you do everyday to make our lives better. Though it isn't always obvious, we truly appreciate you and the countless ways you serve our community."

Several topics were discussed during the meeting including closing off the square and several side streets during the upcoming Hometown Halloween on the Square event. Permits have been received from the State of Georgia and traffic will be detoured to alternate routes for a period of up to four hours on Friday, October 31, 2008 .

The Union County Sheriff's office, the Blairsville Police Department, the fire department, paramedics, and other members of the community consider safety issues to be a top priority at any public gathering. Since safety is a main concern, closing the square is imperative to ensure that pedestrians are protected from traffic mishaps. No automobiles, trucks, or motorcycles will be allowed to travel around the square during the event.

Hometown Halloween on the Square promises to be a fun, exciting, and safe event for individuals, parents, and their children. Over 50 vendors have signed up to hand out candy and treats from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Games, costume contests, and other activities are also on the agenda. Everyone is invited so come on out and enjoy the fun!

Halloween Meeting

Seated from left to right - Union County Sheriff Scott Stephens, Sheriff's Department Captain Scott Deyton, Paramedic Katie Storms, Paramedic Steve Sears, Assistant Chief of Blairsville Police Michael Baxter, Mayor Jim Conley, DDA Promotions Committee member Chris Urbaniuk. Standing - DDA Project Manager Janet Hartman, DDA Board Chair Kay Jones, and Halloween Planning Committee Chair Colleen Urbaniuk

October 10, 2007 - Blairsville Square will be closed to traffic during Halloween event

Officials recently met with Downtown Development Authority of Blairsville members to discuss closing off the square and several side streets during the upcoming Hometown Halloween on the Square event.

The Union County Sheriff's office, the Blairsville Police Department, paramedics, and other members of the community consider safety issues to be a top priority. Closing the area to traffic during Hometown Halloween on the Square is necessary in order to avoid dangerous situations.

Permits have been received from the State of Georgia and traffic will be detoured to alternate routes for a period of up to four hours on Wednesday, October 31, 2007 . Since safety is a main concern, closing the square is imperative to ensure that pedestrians are protected from traffic mishaps. No automobiles, trucks, or motorcycles will be allowed to travel around the square during the event.

Thousands attended last year's Hometown Halloween on the Square event and there were a couple of close calls although no major accidents occurred. Closing the square to traffic will ensure a safer environment for all participants.

Hometown Halloween on the Square promises to be a fun, exciting, and safe event for individuals, parents, and their children. Over 50 vendors have signed up to hand out candy and treats from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Games, costume contests, and other activities are also on the agenda. Everyone is invited so come on out and enjoy the fun!