LIVE OAK — From zombies to convicted cereal spillers, the downtown Live Oak parks were packed Thursday night.

The city’s annual Candy Carnival attracted thousands of children and parents to Festival, Millennium and Veterans parks as an estimated 3,500 to 4,000 people attended the festival before rain arrived later in the evening.

“I thought it was a tremendous success,” said Gabrielle Redfern, the executive director of the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency and one of the event organizers.

“I thought it was well attended and everybody seemed to have a lot of fun.”

The crowd was treated to a fun time with additional vendors — 22 community partners took part in the event, providing games and plenty of candy. Redfern said from donations and what was purchased, there were three full pallets of candy for the Carnival.

The Carnival also featured a band, the Rebellions, and a costume contest for the first time. Redfern said there was approximately 85 entrants into the costume contest, which was divided into four age groups and got rushed by the rain that arrived.

“I was happy to add the costume contest and the band this year,” Redfern said. “I thought that added to the diversity of the entertainment options for Halloween.”

Jamie Wachter is the editor of the Suwannee Democrat, Jasper News and Mayo Free Press.

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