Sunny Halloween Party

It rained during the night of Friday, October 23rd.  The next morning, Saturday, October 24th, we woke to a misty coldness and grayness, certainly not the weather that would be inviting anyone to play games outdoors.

Thank you, Victoria Lions and VBA.

But that very Saturday afternoon the sun came out, the sky turned blue, the leaves became more vibrant in color, and the Downtown Victoria Halloween Party began.

As Mayor Tom O’Connor said about those planning the party (the Victoria Lions and the Victoria Business Association), “They must have had a crystal ball.”

Hundreds of kids in costume and their parents arrived for the fabulous event on Stieger Lake.

Members of the Victoria Lions and the Victoria Business Association were ready for them with games and prizes and treats, plus a kid’s favorite hotdog supper.

For the first time ever, the new bandstand was part of the backdrop from Bayfront Park and its festivities.

Many other parts of the scenery were very familiar, including a big red Victoria Fire Engine that kids could step into and explore with the help of Victoria firefighters on hand.

Also attending was the Carver County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse, both the two-legged and four-legged members.

Sparky the Dalmatian stood on guard the entire time.

Victoria Firefighter Rick Leuthner just got back to Victoria from a hunting trip out to Tioga, North Dakota.

Carver County Commissioner Randy Maluchnik, aka Frankenstein’s Monster, posed with Owen and Austin Hawley of Victoria, grandsons of Chuck Freiberg, the Up North Cabin Guy.

Serving hotdogs by the hundreds … Madison Fox Christensen (office staff at City Offices) and Randy Miller, President of the Victoria Business Association.  Thank you, Vicki Elliott, for sending some of your photos to the Gazette.