EATON — The first-ever Halloween Campout at the Preble County Fairgrounds was a bit early in the month, but it was a success nonetheless, transforming the fairgrounds into what organizers called a “scaregrounds.”
Held Friday, Sept. 30-Saturday, Oct. 1, the family camping event included Halloween-themed activities with trick-or-treating for children in the Expo Center. It also included a straw maze, a costume contest, slides created by Quality Tile, a petting zoo, games, a magic show and more.
Jonathan Proeschel, a Preble County Smokeout Committee member, helped organize the Halloween camping event.
The purpose of the event was “to get back to families again,” Proeschel said.
“We’re in partnership with the fair board on profits,” Proeschel said. Proceeds of the campout will go toward providing additional funds to help out with Preble County 4-H Camp.
“I’m tickled for the first year — we had a great response,” Proeschel said. Approximately 80 camping sites at the fairgrounds were rented.
“We enjoy having the community helping us out,” Proeschel said. “Everyone’s happy with what they’re seeing.”
The committee hopes to use suggestions provided by this year’s campers to help make the next campout even better.
Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-368-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH