Downtown Murray hosts fall festivities

Ellie Rodenberg, senior from Eureka, Mo., helps out at the face painting and coloring table outside of the New Life Christian Book Store in downtown Murray. || Savannah Sawyer/The News

Ellie Rodenberg, senior from Eureka, Mo., helps out at the face painting and coloring table outside of the New Life Christian Book Store in downtown Murray. || Savannah Sawyer/The News

Local shops in Murray’s downtown square joined in celebrating the first Fall Fun Downtown last Saturday.

Fall Fun Downtown, organized by Karen Welch, the manager of New Life Christian Book Store and 5th & Main Coffees, was a way to create an event that was an alternative for Halloween.

The festivities took place from 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

The event, which is usually called Kids Day, is put on twice a year. Once in the fall and again in the spring.

“We’ve been doing these events for the past 25 years, but this is the first year other local stores have participated,” Welch said.

Fall Fun Downtown was a fun way for families to have fun without having to spend too much money.

“The way the economy is, not everyone can afford going out every weekend,” Welch said. “This is great because there is no cost.”

This fall, it was more about getting everyone possible from the community, especially the downtown shops, to join in on the fun.

“The event is strictly about families having fun downtown,” she said. “It’s a great way to bring awareness to downtown Murray.”

Each business had the opportunity to choose what it wanted to do at its store to participate in the event.

“It’s great because people will be able to get to know the other stores.” Welch said.

New Life Christian Book Store hosted several events including games, coloring, face paint and book signing. Other local shops also took part in the day’s festivities. The Bookmark held a Hello Kitty coloring contest and Little Shop of Collars held a dog adoption event. Mugsy’s Hideout gave out Brats on the sidewalk while Penique held a costume contest.

Other participants included A Good Thing, Enix Jewelers, Sisters, The Cake Lady, Murray Massage and Creative Canvas.

Story by Savannah Sawyer, Assistant Features Editor.