Locust to host fall festival and Christmas parade

The annual Locust Fall Festival will be held Tuesday, October 31 at the Locust Ball Park.

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During Thursday’s council meeting in Locust, Mayor Steve Huber announced two upcoming family events, the Locust Fall Festival and the Locust Christmas Parade.

The Locust Fall Festival will be held Tuesday, October 31 from 6-8 p.m. at the Locust Ball Park. As in years past, the free family event is planned as a safe alternative to traditional trick-or-treating. The festival will feature games, candy, inflatables, hay rides and hot dogs.

The Locust Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, November 25 at 3 p.m. to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season.

In other matters:

  • City Administrator Cesar Correa said the city recently made the second to last payment on the Motorola equipment. The city has budgeted an additional payment at the end of the year to finalize payments on the Motorola debt.
  • Mayor Huber read a proclamation for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which the council adopted.
  • Mayor Huber read a proclamation for Tuesday, November 7 as “Thank You For Your Service Day” to show appreciation to veterans. The council adopted the proclamation.
  • Stanly Community College, Economic Development Division, recently entered a partnership with the City of Locust for office space in city hall as they provide training and support for businesses in the western end of the county. The college requested a second office space for their Small Business Center. The Small Business Center offers many free services to prospective and current business owners. The council approved the additional office space.
  • The park hosted the Queen City Classic. Twenty-eight teams from three states attended.
  • Correa recognized Mission Baptist Church for their work cleaning up the park and memorial at the Officer Jeff Shelton Memorial Park. The work was part of the church’s annual Big Serve event.
  • Curbside leaf collection is scheduled for Saturdays, November 11, December 9 and January 13. Only leaves will be collected, no limbs or brush. Leaves must be at the roadside by 7 a.m. on collection day.
  • Council member Mike Haigler reported that the EDC Board had their first meeting, which went well.
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