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City’s Fall Festival coming Thursday

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Children will be able to enjoy a safe and fun event on Halloween as the city of Roswell and community partners put on the third annual Fall Festival.

The festival takes place Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Roswell Convention & Civic Center, 912 N. Main St.

Law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical personnel will have candy at the ready for trunk-or-treat activities that will include a chance for children (and adults) to visit with local first-responders and get a look at vehicles from the Roswell Police Department, Roswell Fire Department and New Mexico State Police. The city of Roswell Sanitation Department will also have some of its vehicles on display.

Kids of all ages will be able to enjoy fun activities such as carnival games and inflatable jumpers. The Spring River Zoo will set up a “Creepy Crawlers” exhibit to show off some of its reptiles and other creatures. The Roswell Public Library will operate a “Teal Pumpkin” booth that will offer items suitable for those who must avoid foods containing some common allergens. The Roswell Museum and Art Center will set up a “selfie station” for people to capture memories of their outing. Activities will take place both inside and outside the Convention Center. The city Recreation Department will be on hand to provide music, some carnival games and register youth for the upcoming basketball leagues.

Joining the city in presenting this free event are sponsors Waymaker Church and Champion Motorsports.

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Those attending the event are welcome to dress in costumes if they like. However, no guns of any type are allowed — including fake, toy, water or any other gun-like items.

Parking will be available to festival-goers in the parking lots on both the east and west sides of Richardson Avenue at the Convention Center. Access to the lots will be from the north off of Richardson Avenue and from the north and south off of Pennsylvania Avenue. Handicapped parking spots will be monitored and regulations strictly enforced. Placards are required. Richardson Avenue will be closed between Ninth and 10th streets during the event to accommodate pedestrian crossing.

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