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Rotary Halloween parade set Oct. 31

This photo was taken at last year's Rotary Halloween parade. Teddy Christiansen receives a Purple Pinky as Tyler Warwick and Erin Anderson look on.

The 58th annual Rotary Halloween parade is scheduled Monday, Oct. 31, at Newton Field. The parade is billed as the longest, continuing community event in Hudson with the first parade at 1953.

The Hudson Daybreak Rotary Club and the Hudson Noon Club are again sponsoring the parade with sign-ups beginning at 4 p.m. and the parade at approximately 4:30 p.m. Cash prizes are awarded to the top five "best costumes" in five different age groups. Prizes are $25 for first, $20 for second, $15 for third, $10 for fourth and $5 for fifth. Age groups are: 3 and under, 4-5 years, 6-7 years, 8-10 years and 11 years and older. Also awarded will be a "Best of Show" prize to the single winner or group from all age categories. The "Best of Show" winner will receive a video game package valued at more the $150.

Rotary also uses this event as an awareness of polio, which still exists today, but Rotary Clubs worldwide are working tirelessly to eradicate it. Participants at the parade are welcome to donate their spare change and receive a Purple Pinky as a symbol of the polio vaccination that saves lives every day.

All participants receive a goodie bag filled with treats. Participants are also asked to bring one non-perishable grocery item for the Hudson Christian Food Shelf. Participants should also note that some items are not allowed in the parade on the high school track, they include: skates, roller blades and skate boards.