Dublin is invited to get into the Halloween and fall spirit with several activities staged for the weekend of Oct. 31 including safe trick or treat, a drive-in circus at the Dublin City Park and a youth rodeo on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.
Dublin Chamber of Commerce Ellisa Tiscareno is inviting all Dublin businesses to help the town get festive with a decorating contest. Dublin businesses can don their best fall and Halloween decorations throughout the month of October and judges will pick the best display at the end of the month.
In addition to bragging rights, the winning business will get free advertising on the Corner Lot sign through the entire month of November.
Tiscareno advised that the Chamber City and Lions Club have been organizing an extra safe Trick or Treat this year so it can be held to coincide with social distancing guidelines. Those not wearing a festive mask will need to wear a protective facemask and chalk arrows will mark the trick or treat route downtown as it is held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 30. Parents and kids will be able to walk into the route on any location, but will have to follow the path.
A costume contest will be held at the Corner Lot from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. with winners to be announced later. Winners will be eligible for a Dublin Dollars prize package.
The Chamber is also partnering with Cody McClinton to expand the junior rodeo set for the Dublin City Park Arena on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. by adding a bull riding competition in the afternoon and providing some food trucks that want a day of western fun on Halloween.
Competitions in the youth rodeo are separated into five categories from 6 and under to ages 16-19. For more information about registering, call Cody McClinton of 4M Ranch & Rodeo at 459-9676.
The food trucks will also be at the park on Nov. 1 for an appearance by the dancing horses at the rodeo arena.
Halloween fun actually starts at the City Park on Thursday with the appearance of a live Drive-In Circus that will be set up at the park, presenting seven shows from Thursday, Oct. 29 through Monday, Nov. 2.
The organizers have been featured on “America’s Got Talent” with their dancing poodles and the show will also feature motocross, acrobats, jugglers and a magician.
“It’s got everything of the average circus minus exotic animals.
Spectators can attend for $35 per car load or bring a lawn chair for up-front seating although space is limited and tickets are going fast for the seven showings.Those wishing to attend are encouraged to purchase tickets at driveincircuslive.com.
For more information about the Halloween fun leading up to the weekend, check out ‘Dublin Texas Chamber of Commerce’ on Facebook or visit dublintxchamber.com.