By Mike Corwin
The Rotary Club of Greater Corvallis will host a safe drive-through Halloween opportunity for the youth of local families from 3-7 p.m. on Friday, October 30 at the Solar Building in the southwest corner of the Benton County Fairgrounds.
The admission is free, however registration is encouraged so to accurately provide a Halloween bag of treats for all youth in each car between the ages of 1-15 years.
“Benton County Health Department appreciates the thought that has been put into this event,” said Charlie Fautin, Benton County Health Department Deputy Director. “Halloween is a very special time for children and we’re glad that Rotary is helping our families celebrate more safely during this exceptional year.”
“We want to create a safe experience where our children and neighbors can continue making positive memories during trying times. We believe it would be a fresh way to support our local communities and sprinkle in some fun during a pandemic,” said the Rotary club’s Public Image Chair Jenny Bouman. “Dress the kids up and bring them by to see the Halloween-themed area created by the Rotary Club of Greater Corvallis. At the end of the “tunnel show,” each child will receive a bag of treats to take with them all without leaving the warmth and comfort of their car.”
Sponsors assisting Rotary with the cost of the treat bags and the overall event include Legend Homes, Processing for Good, Town & Country Realty, Duerksen and Associates, Inc., The Jill Schuster Team at RE/MAX Integrity and Central Willamette Credit Union.
The event is being designed with two goals in mind: keeping the Halloween festivities alive this season, while also keeping volunteers and guests safe. Thus, attendees through the “Halloween tunnel” in the fairgrounds Solar Building may not leave their vehicles at any time during the event. Face coverings must be worn when the windows of the vehicle are open, occupants of a vehicle must be members of the same household or living unit and may not change vehicles during the event, and no motorcycles and bicycles will be permitted. There will be no food or drink offered other than the bag of treats at the end, no restrooms will be available and there will be a hand sanitizing station and extra masks available.
Only prepackage treats and goodies will be included in the bags handed out in a sanitary environment by volunteers working with masks and gloves. One bag for each child in a vehicle will be handed out just before the cars exit the “tunnel” and return to the fairgrounds south parking lot.