Children trick or treat along Main Street

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NORWAY — Main Street was filled with thousands of costumed children and parents as the 10th annual Norway Downtown Trick or Treat stepped off Friday afternoon.

“It was awesome. I love it. This is what small towns are about,” said Sue Ellis of Poland. Her granddaughter, 16-month-old Layna French of Oxford, was winner of the most original costume at the old Squire’s Green contest.

More than 60 downtown businesses opened their doors to trick-or-treaters along the mile stretch of Main Street to gather candy, participate in costume judging and dance.

“We heard about it last year,” said Mike and Jen Strout of Oxford, who came with a group of children and friend Lisa Dunham, who has been coming to the festival for years with her daughter.

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Norway Recreation Director Deb Partridge said the turnout was beyond expectations.

“It’s easily over 2,000,” she said. “It’s an immense turnout. People are just coming from everywhere. Parents are dressing up. It just makes it so much fun.”

C&C Farm and Old Squire Farmers Market ran a dance party every 20 minutes, and costumes were judged every 30 minutes. The market, which opened this year, offered treats, a balloon artist and a jack-o’-lantern bouncy house.

The festival is sponsored by the Norway Downtown Promotions Committee, Norway Recreation Department, Norway Memorial Library, Healthy Oxford Hills and Main Street businesses and organizations.

ldixon@sunjournal.com

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