by James Coulter
What do boats, air conditioners, and Star Trek have in common with Halloween? Well, nothing, really. But several local businesses and organizations representing those things attended this year’s Pumpkinpalooza at Tanner’s Lakeside.
For the third consecutive year, Pumpkinpalooza provided attendees of all ages free early Halloween fun. Children could pick and decorate their own pumpkins, dress up in costumes for the costume contest, bounce around in a bounce house, and, of course, take free candy from local vendors.
Meanwhile, local businesses including Central Florida Water Rentals, Today & Tonight Magazine, and Chain of Lake Refrigeration and Air Conditioning set up booths to help promote their services and to hand out free candy to attendees of all ages.
Allison Rollins, manager of Tanner’s Lakeside, started the event three years ago, not only to help people celebrate Halloween early but also to help promote local businesses and other organizations.
“Pumpkinpalooza was started to get the word out for small businesses and help them get the word out, and give the community a free event for the kids,” she said. “We like to help small businesses promote themselves and do things for the community that is family-friendly. We hope to have a good time. We love the costume contest for the kids.”
Tanner’s Lakeside will be hosting its fifth annual holiday toy drive on Sun. Dec. 11, benefitting the Winter Haven Mission. For more information about this and other events, visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/TannersLakeside/