It was the worst weather they ever had, but the 23rd Annual Festival at Bel Air Costume Contest went on despite the rare October snow storm that hit Saturday. About 350 people turned out for the trick or treating and costume parade, despite freezing temperatures and a combination of snow, sleet and rain. The Hoover family of Aberdeen won first place for dressing the entire family as pieces from the Monopoly game. Here are the details from the organizers:
23rd Annual Festival at Bel Air Costume Contest Triumphs Despite the October 29 Weather!
Bel Air, Maryland: The 23rd Annual Festival at Bel Air Halloween Costume Parade, Contest and Trick-or-Treat went off as scheduled, Saturday morning October 29th, despite “the worst weather we’ve ever seen for this event,” in the words of Michael Blum, the event’s coordinator for the past 22 years.“I want to thank the 350 or so people who braved the cold, wind, rain and snow and warmed our hearts with their terrific costumes and their up-beat attitude,” says Blum. “We had some of the most creative costumes I’ve ever seen, in over two decades of running this event, and I’m just sorry that good weather was denied us, because I’m sure the turnout would have been phenomenal had Mother Nature cooperated!” he adds.The event took place at 11 am, moved from the parking lot in front of Chuck E. Cheese’s to the overhanging arcade between Family Recreation Products and Chuck E. Cheese’s. “The rain was coming at exactly the wrong angle,” says Blum, “so people had to huddle, but only the judges got completely soaked!”The event was “ghost-hosted” by Dave Hovel of WXCY-FM radio of Havre de Grace, which also contributed prize packages for the 10 finalists.The winning entries were:5th place (won a $20 Five Below gift certificate): Olivia Blondheim (and Chris Iser) of Edgewood, as a JUKE BOX.4th place (won a $30 Amazing Glaze gift certificate): Keller Curtis of Fallston, as a ROBOT.3rd place (won a $50 Chuck E. Cheese’s gift card:): the King Family of Fallston, as “Under the Sea.”2nd place (won a $75 gift certificate to Kohl’s): Andrew Levis as “World Cup FIFA Soccer.”and the GRAND PRIZE — a $100 gift card to Chuck E. Cheese’s — was won by the HOOVER FAMILY of Aberdeen, who came dressed as a Monopoly Game!“We come here every year,” said Mr. Hoover, the family leader. “We plan for it, and this year we wanted to include everyone, and we did!”The 2nd place winner is also a Festival at Bel Air Costume Contest regular, having been the Grand Prize winner and 2nd Place winner in previous contests, as a Gnome and as a Roman Statue.The entire event concluded by Dave Hovel inviting all participants to trick-or-treat participating stores at the shopping center until 2 pm.“We’re already thinking about next year,” says Blum, “but we sure hope that the weather is better!”For more information and photos of the event, visit www.festivalatbelair.com.