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TPWD News Release — Oct. 12, 2011

Halloween at the Hatchery Coming Up October 27

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 27.

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. No one will be admitted before 6:00 p.m., and no pets are allowed. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Admission is $1 per person; proceeds will benefit the Rainbow Room of Henderson County, Henderson County Humane Society and the East Texas Crisis Center.

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. 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: The Vault; Athens Steel Building; The Realty Crew; Southside Bank; Dallas Manufacturing; KCKL; Red Hat Rentals; Republican Party of Henderson County; Island Tans; Wulf Outdoor Sports; Dr. Stuart Spitzer for State Representative; Heritage Land Bank; Walgreen’s; TVEC; Texas Farm Bureau; FutureMatrix Interventional; Brookshire’s; Citizens National Bank; Nelson-Putman Propane; First State Bank; and Aaron’s Sales and Lease Ownership.

Local organizations assisting with decorating include 4-H, Kiwanis Club and the TVCC women’s volleyball team.

Sponsors wishing to reserve a table to give out candy or organizations wishing to help decorate for the event should contact Jim Booker at (903) 670-2266 by October 20.

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