EATON — The Halloween-themed Preble County Campout was held Friday, Sept. 28-Sunday, Sept. 30 at the Preble County Fairgrounds. The event featured hay rides, a costume contest, decorated campsites, yard games, a corn hole tournament, trick or treat, bounce houses, contests, and more.
New this year was a Camper Cupcake Contest, where campers were tasked with making themed cupcakes in their camper.
According to Organizer Jonathan Proeschel, this is the third year the campout has been held. It is a camping event to allow families to interact with each other and enjoy the beginning of the season.
“It brings families back together and allows them to play with their kids. It is a good time to be with your kids again,” he said. “It continues to grow and we get more and more campers every year. Last year we had around 45 campers and this year we have over 60 campers.”
“More people are interacting with other people and telling their family and friends about it,” he said. “The campout is a fun evening. My favorite part is seeing all the kids in their costumes for the contest, and Trick or Treat.”
Camper Lani Sollenberger has attended the campout all three years it has been held and enjoys the event for bringing together “fair friends.”
“We love coming out here, because it is at the Preble County Fairgrounds so it is close to home. We love the fact that it is a lot of friends we met at fair and from high school. It is one of those things where we get together with friends and family that we get to stay connected with,” she said.
“I love the costume contest each year, because they have the different divisions and it is fun to see the creativity,” she said. “Our whole family enjoys coming here, all three of my sisters come up here and hang out. Each year there are new activities and this year has been great. It is good to get together and meet new people. It is also in a very relaxing environment — kids get to play and we get to hang out. It is fun for all.”
Information for the campout is distributed each year after the Preble County Fair. For more information, visit Pccampout on Facebook.
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