Evansville to hold lighted parade

FRIENDS OF PREVENTION–Dennis Trask with the Southern Illinois Substance Abuse Alliance, at right, presented the Village of Evansville with the Friends of Prevention Award at the village’s board meeting on Oct. 12. Pictured accepting the award is Village President Erwin “Red” Becker.

Halloween plans and a special award were some of the highlights at the Oct. 12 Evansville Village Board meeting.

In addition to approving the town’s trick or treat hours for the normal time of 6-8 p.m. on Halloween night, the board approved of the “Light Up” For First Responders Parade.

Village President Erwin “Red” Becker explained that the parade will be held at 8:30 p.m. on Halloween night as a way to honor all first responders, healthcare workers and frontline workers.

The plan is to have residents who have golfcarts or UTVs to decorate them with lights and enter into the parade. Each parade participant will pay an entry fee, with half going to the Evansville Fire Department and the other half to prize money for the parade. They will award prizes for the “best dressed theme,” “best lit cart/UTV,” “mayor’s choice” and “kids costume or theme.”

Line up for the parade will be at the village ball diamonds at 8:30. The parade route will go from the ball diamonds to First Street, Broad Street, Liberty Street, Jackson Street and Market Street, ending at the village park.

Becker pointed out that the village has 68 golfcarts/UTVs permitted and he is encouraging all of them to be entered into the parade.

For more from the Evansville Village Board meeting, please see this week’s print edition.