• By John McDaniel, Midway Correspondent

Midway News - Personals and Comments

Boy, oh boy, what a week in Midway. I said that Halloween was a big deal in Midway. Midwegians continued to decorate their yards with tombstones, giant blowup witches, skeletons hanging off of trees, and other such Halloween regalia all week long. The Midway Woman's Club official Halloween decoration judging group went around town and checked out every house in Midway and handed out awards for the best household Halloween decorations in town. They came up with the following winners: Best Overall, 211 South Winter Street, Best Daytime Display, 119 East Stephens Street, Creepiest, 232 West Higgins Street, Scariest, 103 Carriage Lane, Most fun, 209 Gayland, Best use of technology, 233 West Higgins Street, Best Use of Inflatables, 219 West Higgins Street, Best Pumpkin: 106 Cottage Grove, Most Kid-Friendly, 318 North Winter Street. If you want to see pictures of the winners, go to http://midwayky.blogspot.com/ the news blog where students in community journalism classes in the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Media, taught by Associate Extension Professor Al Cross, director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues. The Woman's Club also hosted a Not So Scary Haunted House at their club house this weekend. They really packed a whole lot of not so scary.. scary stuff into their little meeting space. I got caught in their not so scary spider web. That wasn't so bad, but I had to listen to some scary piano playing as I was trying break loose. The club declares the event a success and they want to thank everyone for visiting and the donations that were so generously given. Linus of Charlie Brown fame sent me an e-mail wishing Midway the best of luck as we try to spot the "Great Pumpkin." Linus: "On Halloween night, the Great Pumpkin rises from his pumpkin patch and flies through the air with his bag of toys to all the children." Well, the Great Pumpkin did not rise from our downtown pumpkin patch, but lots of people watched our Giant Pumpkin as it grew throughout the summer. From the Midway visitors that I caught checking out our pumpkin, a lady named Pat visiting Midway from North Dakota was around town a couple of weeks and commented that the downtown pumpkin patch was one of her favorite sites, and here is a lady that compared our patch to Woodford Reserve and Old Friends. When she was asked what was the attraction to watching a pumpkin grow she replied, "When I happened to walk by a pumpkin patch and see a large pumpkin I thought, what a large pumpkin and I walk by it again a couple of days later and it has visibly grown by 10 or more pounds I became addicted. While I was in Midway, I made it a point to check its growth every day. Wow, these things practically grow right before your eyes." A lot of Midway pumpkin watchers guessed the weight of the Midway Giant Pumpkin. The guesses ranged from 100 pounds to 250 pounds. Midway's bad boy weighed in at 168 plus the two-day water weight loss while waiting to be weighed. For a first time try, the project was declared a success. If seeds are any indication, the seeds found inside this pumpkin were much larger than the seeds planted to grow this pumpkin, next year's planting and making sure there's no cross pollination should produce a much larger pumpkin. Word has gotten around that several people were planting giant pumpkins on their own undoubtedly trying to make the Midway Giant Pumpkin Project growers look bad. They failed miserably, and we have the pictures to prove it. I must give big shout-out to Mayor Grayson Vandegrift, Midway workers Cloyd Downs, Tim and Terry Agee, Steve and Julie Morgan for their help in making this fun project possible. To see what all took place this year at our little patch and learn more about giant pumpkins, go online and check out Facebook, Midway Musings and The Giant Pumpkin Project. It looks like the Northside Elementary School had a great time with their PTO Halloween Happening. They had pumpkin tic-tac-toe using baby pumpkins, inflatables, food, a chili cook-off, a pie bake-off, a vendor fair and silent auction, students and teachers in some neat costumes and of course some very creative pumpkin decorations. Before all the spooks and goblins raided the town Halloween night, the Midway University riding team made its way through town. Not only is it fun to watch the costumed horse and riders, it's fun to watch downtown visitors faces when the riders make their way down Main Street. Halloween night, more than 560 trick-or-treaters made their way house-to-house this year, and that's not counting the parents. Some of the spirited parents went to a lot of trouble and spent a lot of time putting their costumes together this year. I want to give the Versailles Police Department a big thank you for watching the traffic, automobile and human, and keeping everyone safe. ... Just when we are getting one celebration out of the way, another comes along. This weekend, Midway shops and area street-craft vendors will be open to fill holiday shopping lists from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be free small train rides from noon to 4 p.m., and a chili cook-off from 3 to 5 p.m. Contestants will be set-up along the street so shoppers can sample while they shop and then vote for their favorites. Shoppers will purchase a cup and spoon for $5 at the City Hall corner, make their way around the block and cast their votes. Votes will be counted and prizes awarded at 5 p.m. First place will receive a trophy, second and third will receive medals, and winners will be based on number of votes received. Many local shops will be accepting toy donations for the Toys for Tots program. For more information regarding this event, contact Steve Morgan at Morganstv01@gmail.com or Amy Bowman at amybowman583@yahoo.com

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