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Spooktacular event draws crowd of nearly 1,300

AMANDA SEBASTIANO
Staff Writer

The face painting, fitness trail, and ambulance and firetruck exhibits were among the various sites to see at the Partnership for Children of Lincoln and Gaston Counties Family Spooktacular — an event that drew in about 1,300 patrons compared to the 2,000 who participated last year.
The organization celebrated its fourth time hosting the event late last month, and was pleased with the turnout.
Parents were able to learn more about the local branch of the Partnership for Children, along with different Smart Start-funded projects, such as the Adolescent Parenting Program in Lincoln County.
Executive Director of the Lincoln and Gaston Partnership Michael Linker, who started his career with the group earlier this year, attended the annual event for the first time, and considered it a “huge success” that showed community support.
An inflatable activity — Tumblebus and Seamore — was among the various attractions to return this year, along with some new additions, too. A live reptile exhibit from the Schiele Museum was something new that patrons hadn’t seen at the event before.
Overall, the members of the nonprofit organization saw the Vale event as a positive opportunity to inform area residents about programs to aid children ages 5 and under and their families about the programs and outlets available to make the first few years of a child’s life the best they can possible be — enabling children to start school healthy and on track.

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