Rogersville Trunk-or-Treat expected to attract more than 2,500 little goblins

Jeff Bobo • Oct 27, 2019 at 12:00 AM

ROGERSVILLE — What sets Rogersville's annual downtown Trunk-or-Treat apart from the rest are the businesses and organizations that enter decorated trunks always trying to out-do what they did last year, as well the competition.

The 10th annual Rogersville Trunk-or-Treat on Main Street is scheduled for Thursday from 5-8 p.m.

Main Street will be blocked from Clay Street to Hasson Street to accommodate an estimated 2,500 to 3,000 trick-or-treaters who will be collecting candy from more than 40 decorated trunks.

The annual children's costume contest begins at 5:30 p.m. on the courthouse lawn. There will also be judging for the hotly contested and highly coveted Best Decorated Trunk award.

Other activities include music, a fortune teller, face painting, and the Heritage Lights will be selling refreshments.

Rogersville’s Trunk-or-Treat was created as a fun, safe and family-friendly alternative to trick-or-treating. 

“The Main Street Program makes safety the forefront for our children,” said event chairperson Melissa Nelson. “We also promote local business, and we strive to include all facets of the community.”

Entering the costume contest

Nelson said there’s sometimes confusion about the costume contest and getting there on time, which is why she wants contestants to bypass the big line and go straight to the courthouse lawn for the contest. 

The line begins on the east end of downtown Main Street, and if you don’t plan on entering the costume contest, just stick to the main line for trunk-or-treating.

Nelson said costume contestants should try to arrive at 5 p.m.

If they don't think they can get their trunk-or-treating done by 5:30 p.m., they should go straight to the entrance table in front of the Shepherd’s Center and tell an event official they're entering the costume contest.

Contestants will be allowed to go through to the courthouse lawn, where judging beings at 5:30 p.m.

The winners will be picked at 6 p.m. in three age groups between 0-12, and afterwards if contestants haven't already done their tour of trunks, they can go back and get in line.

How to enter a trunk

If you have a business, church or organization, or you’re just a creative individual, you can decorate a trunk and participate in the fun. You need to bring enough candy to accommodated 2,500 to 3,000 kids.

There’s no fee to enter a trunk, but organizers are still accepting sponsorship for the event.

The deadline to reserve a space on Main Street for your trunk is Oct. 29. For more information, contact Nelson at (423) 272-1961 or Chamber of Commerce Director Nancy Barker at (423) 272-2186.

Some things you need to know

The only pets allowed at Trunk-or-Treat are service animals.

Parents and adults are allowed and encouraged to dress up, but adults aren’t allowed to wear masks.

The event is intended for children 12 and under and their parents.

The line starts in front of the Shepherd Center on the east end of downtown. Children receive a free ticket and walk the gantlet west, going until they reach the end at the Hasson Street intersection.

The best parking is at the Shepherd Center, the public lot on Kyle Street in front of City Hall and in the lots behind the courthouse on Washington Street.