In spite of rain earlier in the day and the continuing COVID-19 concerns, the Oak Hill Chamber of Commerce was able to conduct a successful Pumpkin Walk event Saturday evening, Oct. 10, at Central Memorial Park in Oak Hill.

“This is our 9th Annual Pumpkin Walk and we’ve never had to cancel,” Oak Hill Chamber President Kurtis Strickland proclaimed as he addressed the participants and spectators at the start of the proceedings. He announced that there was a total of 75 entries of decorated pumpkins. There had been light rain earlier in the day, but the precipitation ended and temperatures were seasonally mild as darkness set in.

The Pumpkin Walk invites residents to carve and decorate pumpkins and compete in five different categories with the winners receiving a prize from the Chamber. The Chamber even provided free pumpkins on request on the previous weekend of Oct. 2 and 3.

After the pumpkins were lighted and placed around the sidewalks in the park, pumpkin owners and others were invited to stroll along the walkways to take a closer look at all the decorated pumpkins.

Strickland announced the following winners:

Best Carved – Isaiah Miller.

Best Painted – Gwen Blevins.

Scariest –Whitley Barry.

Funniest – Dakota Puckett.

Best of Show – Rachael Puckett.

Best Adult – Lawonha Baisden.

Each winner received a gift certificate for a one-item pizza from Kali’s Pizza of Oak Hill.

The Chamber provided free cookies and apple cider and representatives of the St. Paul United Methodist Church of Oak Hill were present to pass out free treat bags and glow sticks. One of the church representatives explained the church committed to do this when there was doubt whether the tradition of trick-or-treat would take place this year. This was the first year the church had participated this way in the Chamber’s Pumpkin Walk.