During the early part of the evening, the Fire Department’s event coordinator, Division Chief Joe Griffith surmisedthe attendance might suffer from the weather being cool and breezy. That same thought was given by Decatur Central graduate Jeanne Coonse (Smith) who brought her children from Avon to enjoy the festivities. Ms. Coonse’s opinion was there were fewer people in attendance than in previous years. The conditions were at least dry, but the breeze did create issues for the vendors who were attempting to decorate their booths. Many Decatur Township businesses and organizations need to be applauded for their participation in this annual event. Youth groups such as the Boy Scouts were there serving Popcorn. Some Churches were there passing out treats also such as Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church giving out Hot dogs. The Relay for Life and the Brain Injury Association of Indiana also were represented and passed out treats. Some organizations were focusing more on safety than giving out treats, Indianapolis Power and Light provided glow in the dark bracelets while also giving a lesson about electricity called “Safety 101″ This lesson is available during the day to businesses and schools by calling 317-261-8390. Many businesses had employees or owners man booths to pass out goodies such as Decatur Alumni (as many of those manning the booths were) Katherine Foster and Jeanna West of Pampered Chef who handed out candy, Just the Basics Pet Grooming passed out candy, Steve Ward of the Keller Williams Realty Agency gave out candy, the Mann Village apartments passed out lollipops, and DeHart’s Barbershop gave out candy too. The number of vendors make it impossible to name all who took the time to give to the community during this event.
Several DCHS students volunteered their time for this event also. Alana Cain of the National Honor Society and Devon Knight of Demolay passed out door prize tickets while Heather Gregory and Evan Merrideth worked the Decatur Township Education Foundation booth. Again there were more student volunteers who were not met and thus not identified but gave of their time too.Among the events which were part of the celebration was a classic car show. One of the vehicles entered was by Flanner and Buchanan Decatur Funeral Center’s Manager/Director Brian Vaughn. He entered his 1974 Cadillac Hearse. Brian said it was his toy. To him it had more significance than being a classic vehicle. It was the hearse in use at a funeral home he worked at during high school. There were many sharp and nice vehicles. Kenny York Sr. brought a 1957 4 door Bel Air which was similar to the one this reporter drove while in high school. It brought back special memories, although different in color and engine, the last 57 Chevy 4 door Bel Air seen on the grounds by this reporter was the one he drove. Being a muscle car enthusiast the reporter would have voted for the green Dodge RT with the 440 ci. engine as seen in the photo above.
The “Grim Reaper” appeared on horseback accompanied by the “Headless Horseman”. It is unknown if the “Grim Reaper”was able to take any souls with him but none were reported missing.
The Decatur Township Fire Department and Division Chief Joe Griffith deserve a big round of applause. The entire event produced the opportunity for children to receive goodies while doing so in a safe environment. The event was designed to provide things of interest to adults as well as children. The Fire Department through donations of businesses provided a nice benefit to the vendors by providing them a warm meal as they were setting up their booths. The traffic control was outstanding, getting the crowd, vendors, large displays, and classic cars in and out while barely disrupting the traffic flow on High School Road.
We should be proud of our Fire Department and hope the state and city never are able to force us into a merged department with the City of Indianapolis.