• John McGary, Woodford Sun News Editor

How and why Trick or Treat came early

The three governmental bodies in Woodford County handled the question of have Trick or Treat in different fashions. Mid-afternoon Monday, citing inclement weather expected on Wednesday, Halloween night, the City of Versailles moved Trick or Treat a day ahead, to Tuesday. Woodford County followed suit, with Judge-Executive John Coyle saying it’s been his policy to use Trick or Treat hours set by the City of Versailles to avoid confusion.

On the city’s website, Versailles Mayor Brian Traugott posted, “After consultation with Emergency Management and Versailles police, we have decided to move Trick or Treat to Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. This lets us avoid visibility and other safety issues that would impact our children. The Boo Bash downtown will also be moved to Tuesday from 3-5:30 p.m. We apologize for any inconvenience, but want to make the experience as safe and enjoyable for as many children as possible.”

Traugott made the decision for Versailles, but the Midway City Council, which votes to schedule that city’s Trick or Treat, had to hold a special meeting Monday. Mayor Grayson Vandegrift, who’d discussed the matter with council members before the meeting, noted that other cities in the area had moved their Trick or Treats to another day. Seconds later, Council Member Sara Hicks moved that Midway do the same and Council Member Bruce Southworth seconded the motion to move Trick or Treat to Tuesday, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Vandegrift said the city would blast the news on social media, through email, and by placing four double-sided signs around town. City employees would canvass the town, and Vandegrift said, assuming the motion passed, that he’d notify the principal of Northside Elementary as soon as the council meeting ended.

Moments later, before the vote, Woodford Emergency Management Director Drew Chandler walked in and Vandegrift asked his opinion on the matter.

Chandler said it would definitely rain Wednesday and Thursday, cited reduced visibility due to rain, and suggested the prudent thing to do would be to move Trick or Treat to Tuesday. He said the National Weather Service had just issued a statement that would likely lead to a flood advisory.

“It’s not just going to rain, it’s going to be a lot of rain,” Chandler said.

Council Member Johnny Wilson said he’d heard a forecast of between two and five inches of rain.

Moments later, the motion passed unanimously, and Vandegrift admitted, “This is a situation where you’re not going to make everyone happy.”

Before the meeting, which lasted five minutes, Vandegrift told the Sun that in the future, the mayor should set Trick or Treat hours to avoid having to call special meetings to switch schedules.

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