Monsterwalk provides safe fun

(L-R) Susan Conn, owner of Main Street Florist, Jacob Fox, Davis Ruston, John Paul Fox and Anita Barber, owner of Anita’s Creations.

Columbiana’s 10th Annual Monsterwalk is Friday, October 29, 2010 from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Monsterwalk started in 2000 at the suggestion of local appraiser, Gregg Rushton, who loved a similar event in Prattville. The Columbiana Merchants and Professional Association thought this would be a great way to give back to our community. Tables filled to the brim with candy and other trinkets will be manned by our local business owners and professionals and given to all who attend.

Susan Conn, owner of Main Street Florist, is the Monsterwalk Chair and is responsible for the beautiful fall decorations in downtown Columbiana. Call Conn at 669-3331 if your business would like to participate in Monsterwalk.

This year the Association decided to have a contest for best decorations in town decorated by the businesses. The contest was judged by people outside our community and a monetary gift was given to the first three places.

Anita’s Creations owned by Anita Barber won first place with her adorable outhouse and buggy presentation. Second place went to the Columbiana Barber Shop owned by Leigh Ann Langley, and third place went to Stephanie Roulier’s Second Elegance complete with a Halloween bride.

Monsterwalk will have two lines up and down Main Street. The first line will begin at the Shelby County Reporter and go up Main to Bernie’s restaurant. The second line will start at Dr. Stancil Handley’s office on the round-a-bout near the Shelby County Museum and go down Main to the Shelby County Courthouse.

Children and their parents are invited to dress up, bring their Halloween bags, and keep the lines moving.

Anticipating the big Monsterwalk is John Paul Fox, age 7, as a fierce ninja warrior, and brother Jacob, age 6, as a macho SWAT officer. John Paul, second grade, and Jacob, Kindergarten, are students at Elvin Hill. They are the sons of Alice and Dusty Fox, the grandchildren of Debbie Zaroba, all of Columbiana, Paul and LaDonne Fox of Shelby, and Katie and John Robertson, formerly of Columbiana now living in Crawford, Miss. The precious little 2-year-old lion is Davis Ruston, son of Lauren and Ricky Ruston, grandson of Lisa and Jim Davis and Ricky and Margaret Ruston, and great-great grandson of Lohner Frances McLeroy, Anne and Jimmy Davis, and Buck Ruston, all of Columbiana.

Put on your Halloween costumes and join John Paul, Jacob and Davis for a monster walking fun-filled time.

Phoebe Donald Robinson can be reached by e–mail at phoeberobinson@bellsouth.net.

About Phoebe Donald Robinson

I am President of Donald Real Estate and Ins. Co., Inc., a company that my grandfather , Charles J. Donald, founded in 1925. I am the third generation owner of the business. I am also the Columbiana Columnist for the Shelby County Reporter.

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