Nightmare on 20th Street

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Photo courtesy of the Bell County Historical Society Archive Fun and games at last years Nightmare on 20th Street.

It is Nightmare on 20th Street once again! Ghouls, ghosts and zombies abound, and cute things too as Middlesboro celebrates Halloween in 2016.

The Sixth annual Nightmare on 20th street, hosted by the Bell County Historical Society, Sew Perfect Studios, and the businesses of North 20th street cordially invite everyone to partake in the family friendly festivities Oct. 29, beginning at 3 p.m. and lasting until after darkness falls, on the last block of North 20th Street in front of the Historical Society Museum. Admission is free to all.

A major sponsor for the festival this year is Green Hills Properties, owners of Green Hills Memorial Gardens and Green Hills Funeral Home, who will be providing bounce houses for the children.

“Green Hills Properties is a locally owned company that is very invested in this community,” said Green Hills representative Steve Mars. “We always want to do the right things for the right reasons, and we are proud to donate to the historical society for this event that provides a safe and secure environment for families and the children. This is a wonderful family oriented event.”

Besides free candy, bounce houses and a street dance, there will be costume contests for adults and children 12 and under with $50 for first place, $25 for second and $10 for third in both categories, a pie eating contest with the winner receiving $30, and bobbing for apples with all winners receiving $10 each, and much more.

KY Amusements will be offering bungee jumping for any who dare, and a duck pond with prizes for the children. They will also have toys and novelty items available.

The Tri-State Paranormal Investigators will have a booth set up to meet and greet fans. The group will also hold a drawing for a chance to go on an investigation with them at the end of the evening. The winner and a guest will go with the team to a local house that evening to film an episode of their TV show The Paranormal Journeys to air on MCTV 22 locally and on Roku nationwide. Both guests will also receive professional IMDB film credits for their participation in the episode. TSPI will also be live streaming from the festival and during the investigation afterward.

“We love doing Nightmare on 20th Street each year,” said TSPI co-founder, Neal Williams. “I’m very excited to bring two lucky people on a real investigation. People are always so interested in the process and we all are very pleased to share the experience with someone from our hometown.”

The museum will be open for the entire event so everyone can come in and see the world famous hoax of the century Bigfoot suit and other related artifacts on display. The museum is also a Pokemon Go hot spot, and the mobile game is currently hosting a special event, their “Halloween spectacular” to celebrate the occasion. Not only should it be easier to collect candy, and certain scary Pokemon at the museum, but too — they will spawn more often.

“Bell County Historical Society started Nightmare on 20th Street years ago before my tenure, but I’ve been lucky enough to have been a part of the last two in different capacities,” said Bell County Historical Society and Museum Executive Director William Tribell. “I’ve always thought this event to be of the utmost importance to the community at large, and especially our downtown. Halloween is a holiday that by tradition brings the youth out in mass, and I think it is critical to have something for them to go to, someplace for parents to be able to bring the younger ones, a fun and friendly backdrop.”

The Children’s Reading Foundation of Appalachia-KY may be present passing out books to the children. According to Director Debbie Knuckles, the group handed out over 1,000 books last year for Halloween at the Middlesboro mall and Nightmare on 20th Street.

Blooming onions, funnel cakes and many other delectable delicacies will be offered, as well as hot cocoa and specialty coffees. Vets Serving Vets will be providing cold drinks.

For more information on the Children’s Reading Foundation, Vets Serving Vets, the Bell County Historical Society, Sew Perfect, the Tri-State Paranormal Investigators or their TV show the Paranormal Journeys you may visit their respective Facebook pages.

Photo courtesy of the Bell County Historical Society Archive Fun and games at last years Nightmare on 20th Street. courtesy of the Bell County Historical Society Archive Fun and games at last years Nightmare on 20th Street.

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