Candy Walk draws thousandsPublished 1:27pm Saturday, November 2, 2013
Wetumpka’s annual Candy Walk continues to grow in popularity, with Tuesday’s event drawing between 2,000-2,500 children along with accompanying adults. Participants began lining up about an hour in advance of the 5 p.m. start and soon stretched from the park behind the city administrative building to South Main Street.
“It’s amazing the number of people who came,” said Wetumpka Police Chief Celia Dixon. “It just gets bigger and bigger.”
Wetumpka Mayor Jerry Willis said the walk attracts not only children from Wetumpka and the immediate area, but from further afield.
“I’ve made an effort to ask as many people as possible where they’re from,” said Willis. “Some of the places they’ve told me are Prattville, Montgomery, Sylacauga and Alex City.”
The event – in its fifth year – is hosted by the City of Wetumpka and supported by about 50 local businesses and organizations.
At each table, the costumed trick-or-treaters collected candy, toys and other goodies. This year, attendees also had an opportunity to play on inflatables provided by First Baptist Church of Wetumpka.
Tiffany Robinson, city events coordinator, along with other city workers, spent several hours Tuesday decorating and setting up tables in preparation for the walk.
“We appreciate everyone who took the time to bring the children,” said Robinson. “And we appreciate all the businesses and groups who participated. It’s really grown every year.”
Willis said he hopes for the city to make some minor changes next year to move children more quickly through the walk and reduce the time they have to stand in line.