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68th Annual Boyertown Halloween Parade set for Saturday, Oct. 23

The Boyertown Halloween Parade Association hosts the 68th Annual Boyertown Halloween Parade on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. Rain date is Oct. 24

Formation will begin at the Boyertown Elementary School, Boyertown Junior High School West and Berk Wiper parking lots.

WRFY (102.5 FM) will be the MC for the parade this year. They, along with the judges, will be located at the front side of the Friendship Hook and Ladder Fire Company on Third and Warwick streets.

Prize money totaling $2,230 and trophies will be awarded in the following categories: Float (any size), Drill & Baton Unit, Best Scouting Unit, Costumed Group (two or more), Individual and Most Original. Each category will be awarded a first, second, third and fourth place prize. All youth who participate in the parade (groups and individuals) will receive treat bags with candy and coupons from local businesses.

Businesses may compete in the Commercial category; a large trophy will be awarded to the winner. Businesses, however, may still advertise their business in the parade without being judged. A small donation is required for any business advertising in the parade.

Individual walkers are to register at the first division which is located at the Berk Wiper parking lot on the night of the parade. An area at the lower end of the parking lot will be designed for walkers. Individual walkers need not pre-register.

This year’s parade route will be the same. The route will begin at Second and Madison streets, north to Philadelphia Avenue, west on Philadelphia Avenue to south on Reading Avenue, to S. Warwick Street, left onto E. Second, left onto S. Washington, right onto E. 3rd Street, south on Monroe to go up 2nd Street, left onto Franklin.

To help alleviate the congestion before the parade at Second and Madison streets, the Boyertown Halloween Parade Association are asking that the following entrances be used by parade participants to reach their formation areas:

Division #1 and individual walkers come in on Route 562 (Reading Avenue), turn onto Second Street (turn right if coming into Boyertown, turn left if heading out of Boyertown).

Division #2 come in on Route 100, turn onto Jackson Road (turn right if coming from Boyertown, turn left if coming from Pottstown), left onto Sweinhart Road, right onto Mill Street, right onto Englesville Road, right onto Madison Street.

Division #3 come in on Route 100, turn onto Jackson Road (turn right if coming from Boyertown, turn left if coming from Pottstown), right onto Sweinhart Road, left onto Second Street.

All participants are asked to be in their division no later than 6:30 p.m. for line up.

Should the parade need to be canceled or rescheduled for the rain date of Oct. 24, an announcement will be made by WRFY (102.5 FM).

Any business or individual who would like to donate to the parade can write to the Boyertown Halloween Parade Association, 105 Miller Road, Bechtelsville, Pa 19505.

Due to safety concerns, related to parking, traffic and pedestrian traffic, parade spectators are advised to refrain from placing blankets, chairs or other items on the sidewalks, along the parade route 24 hours before the event. Any items placed on the sidewalk before Friday at 7 p.m. will be removed and disposed of by the Borough of Boyertown.

Residents and guests are asked to observe the parking restrictions in effect on the parade route until 2 a.m. This will help the borough street crew complete a thorough clean up, including street sweeping along the curbs.

The Boyertown Halloween Parade Association extends precaution to spectators who donate along the parade route. Problems have arisen over the years from other groups and organizations not associated with the Parade Association requesting donations. Those soliciting for donations not affiliated with the Parade Association do not have a permit to do so. Since this is one of the major sources of income for the Parade Association to keep the parade an entertaining event for the Boyertown community, they ask donations be made to Parade Association only.

Source: Berkshire mont

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