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TPWD News Release — Oct. 6, 2010

Halloween at the Hatchery Set for October 28

Tricks and treats at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

ATHENS—The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center will host the annual Halloween at the Hatchery the evening of Thursday, October 28.

Local businesses and organizations will hand out free candy, and the center will be decorated throughout with a Halloween theme.

The event runs from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and is expected to attract about 3,000 people, most of whom will be dressed in Halloween costumes.

Gates will open to the public promptly at 6:00 p.m.

Halloween at the Hatchery is TFFC’s way of giving East Texas families a safe place to go trick-or-treating while raising money for local causes. Proceeds from the $1 general admission fee will go to the Rainbow Room of Henderson County, the Henderson County Humane Society and the East Texas Crisis Center.

The Anglers Pavilion will be the site of a fright-free area featuring prize and game booths for small children. Parents wishing to visit this area should park in the overflow parking lot on Peninsula Point Road and enter through Gate C.

Decorations for the event are made possible by sponsor donations, and local businesses and organizations provide candy and hand it out to visitors. Sponsors at press time included: Best Western –Royal Mountain Inn; Athens Steel Building; McDonald’s – Lilly Enterprises; Southside Bank; Dallas Manufacturing; Athens Cleaners; Heritage Land Bank; Edom Bakery; TVEC; Farm Bureau; FutureMatrix; Athens Marina; Citizens National Bank; Schneider Electric; Joe Max Green; First State Bank; and Aaron’s Sales and Lease Ownership.

Sponsors wishing to reserve a table to give out candy should do so by October 21.

For more information, call Jim Booker at (903) 670-2266.

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