Josh and Avayah Anderson were busy on crafts and drawing at the Halloween Festival in Woodville on Saturday. Photo by Paul J. Seeling
Josh and Avayah Anderson were busy on crafts and drawing at the Halloween Festival in Woodville on Saturday. Photo by Paul J. Seeling

By Paul J. Seeling, Gateway News, with Diane Gedatus, St. Croix Volunteer League

WOODVILLE, WI – In spite of the cool and threatening rainy weather, families from all around the area came to celebrate at the St Croix Area Volunteer League’s 17th Annual Halloween Festival.  Over 400 were in attendance this year in the spacious yet cozy Woodville Fire Hall for the popular costume contest, games, treats and no tricks!

Dianne Gedatus of the St. Croix Volunteer League, the group that always does a marvelous job of putting this grand event together for the area children reported that there was good attendance again at the free (a donation to the Woodville Area Food Pantry was accepted) 17th Annual Halloween Festival and Costume Contest.

The happy children of the community enjoyed playing games of Pumpkin Putt, Pick an Apple, Plinko, Pumpkin Punch Out, Pumpkin Toss, and Mummy Bowling.  They won several trinkets and treats, had a chance to meet with a Fortune Teller and get a picture taken with friendly Mr. Scarecrow (John Terkelsen).  They also had two crafts to put together, stickers, coloring sheets and 300 sugar cookies from the Spring Valley Bakery to decorate.  Lunch was provided to the children and their parents. All this was for free with a suggested donation for the Woodville Area Food pantry.

The total Costume of Contest entries for Halloween 2018 were 81 children, who mounted the stage outside this year to parade in front of the dedicated three volunteer veteran judges:  Margaret Ann Bossman, Suzette Hudson, and Karen Swanson. They once again had the difficult task of judging all of the imaginative Halloween costumes. The judges were most impressed by creative costumes that were homemade over store-bought ones.

“We really appreciate all of the challenging work and creativity of the kids (and parents) with their homemade costumes,” stressed veteran Judge Karen Swanson.

Here are the results of the 17th Annual Halloween Festival Costume Contest, “0 to 2 years old” (8 entered): 1st – Vivion Johnson – 50’s girl, Glenwood City. 2nd – Lacey Read – Watermelon, Baldwin. 3rd – Kinsley Aeschlimon, Pineapple, Baldwin.

“3 to 4 years old” (16 entered): 1st – Oscar Toulson, Captain Hook, Baldwin. 2nd – Claire Olien, Marshall from Paw Patrol, New Richmond. 3rd – Calvin Olien, Cow, New Richmond.

“5 to 7 years old” (38 entered): 1st – Logan Anderson, Baldwin. Pirate. 2nd – Josh Anderson, Coco, Baldwin. 3rd – Kinley Leavitt, Strawberry Shortcake, Baldwin.

“8 and up years old” (19 entered): 1st – Destiny Wickliffe, Bumblebee, Baldwin. 2nd – Kiney Noll, Hippie, Baldwin. 3rd – Kaitlyn Roark, Wenda from Where’s Waldo, Baldwin.

“Costume Group” (5 entered):1st – Lillian and Oscar Toulson and Everest Wolskie, Snap, Crackle and Pop Rice Krispies, Baldwin. 2nd – Avayah and Joshua Anderson, Coco and Dancer, Baldwin.  3rd – Adam, Jessica, Eric and Kaitlyn Roark, Where’s Waldo characters, Baldwin.

There were 110 pounds of food donated this year to the Woodville Area Food Pantry, located at Zion Lutheran Church. Thank you to those generous folks who donated!

The correct number for “Guess the Candy Corn” jar was 302.

Gedatus of the St. Croix Volunteer League, said, “We would like to thank the following organizations and businesses for their monetary donations of support to the Halloween and Easter parties: the Village of Woodville, Woodville Women’s Club, Woodville Lion’s Club, Woodville American Legion Auxiliary Unit 301, Tri Star Engine, Trient EIS Inc., Springborn Specialties, Spring Valley Bakery, Son Tool Inc., Nilssen’s Foods, Purdy Family Dentist, Park View Community Campus, O’Connell Funeral Home, McDonald’s, Home & Country Realty, Gregerson Ace Hardware, First Bank of Baldwin, Exact Manufacturing, CW Garage Doors, Citizens State Bank, Blackhawk Nutrients, Black Hawk Garage Door and Baldwin LightStream.”

Diane also said, “Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers, without you our parties would not be the great success that they are for the children of our community!”

She continued, “We are looking forward to seeing you at the Woodville Lion’s Club Santa’s Workshop at the Woodville Community Center (the Lion’s Den) on December 8, 2018 from 10:00 – 1:00 p.m. We will again be accepting your generous donations to the Woodville Area Food Pantry.”

If anyone is interested in helping at one of these St. Croix Volunteer League events (that our kids love), please call Letty at (715) 698-3516.