Halloween will arrive early in the lower anthracite region this weekend.
Events celebrating fall fun and music, as well as a salute to veterans, are scheduled throughout the area today and Sunday.
Here’s a look at some of the larger events. See the Community Calendar on Page A8 for others.
Trevorton Fall Festival: The eighth annual event kicks off at 8 a.m. with a run, followed by a parade at 11 a.m. and then a day of live entertainment that concludes with fireworks at dusk. Seventy food and craft vendors will be set up at the Trevorton Recreation Area. Bertha “Bert” and Al Lagerman are grand marshals for the parade.
Public Rosary Rally: This national event is taking place at noon locally at Mother Cabrini Church in Shamokin, Holy Angels Churchin Kulpmont and at Village Towne restaurant in Atlas.
Winefest: Kulpmont Knights of Columbus Council 4281 is sponsoring this popular annual event from noon to 6 p.m. at the Holy Angels Church picnic grounds. Fifteen wineries, 20 non-food and food vendors will be on hand, and there will be live entertainment. Proceeds this year support the Ronald McDonald House of Danville and Mount Carmel Area ThinkBIG, which raises money for pediatric cancer. For more information, go to www.Kulpmontwinefest.com or call John at 570-274-2014.
Costume cruise night: This new event sponsored by Coal Region Cruise takes place on Independence Street in Shamokin from 7 to 11 p.m. Related, a community cleanup is scheduled for 9 a.m. this morning. Cruisers are encouraged to dress their best for Halloween, and handcrafted trophies made of license plates will be handed out in 16 categories. For more information, call 570-274-6748.
Trunk or treat: Coal Region Cruise encourages cruisers to come back to downtown Shamokin from 4 to 6 p.m. and fill their trunks with scares and candy. Decorating trunks isn’t necessary, but adds an element of Halloween fun. Food and refreshments will be available. While the event is kid focused, adults can buy raffle tickets for a 2003 Anniversary Low Rider motorcycle, which will be on display.
Rick K concert: Rick K and the Allnighters will be at Mount Carmel Area High School at 4 p.m. for the Kulpmont Cruise Association’s annual fall concert. Tickets are $20 and doors open at 2:30 p.m. Rick K and his band have toured the United States and entertained on cruise ships and in other countries. A popular part of their show is their “mad drummer” Steve Moore, who can be seen on a television commercial for Advil. A special attraction will be a tribute to World War II veterans ranging in age from 91 to 101. For more information, contact Joe Cesari at 570-373-3561.
Light the Night: Oak Grove Church in Overlook will host this annual event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. There will be free games, refreshments, pumpkin painting and hayrides. For more information or directions, call 570-898-9093.