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A tradition of colorful fun in downtown Millersburg

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Long before the contestants arrived, there were paints to mix, cups to fill and brushes to sort. Volunteers from the Lenkerville Elementary PTO prepared for a long standing Millersburg tradition. And, at 2 o'clock sharp, an army of young artists swarmed onto the town square for the annual Halloween window painting contest.

Armed with trays of paint, clean brushes and a game plan of sorts, more than 200 student, escorted by adults, branched out to assigned window spaces in front of 32 downtown businesses.

Chairperson Nicole Heim said it's a much anticipated tradition for the students.

"This is one thing kids have enjoyed for many years," said Heim. "They look forward to this through the school year. And, they always say thank you, and we had a great time."

Since the window painting contest began 58 years ago, it has been sponsored by the Millersburg VFW Post 5507 and its Ladies Auxiliary. The popular event was the brainchild of the late Margaret Sierer and her husband Charles.

"The purpose of the contest was to provide an outlet for the kids of the community to be able to express themselves in a positive way rather than destructive ways during Halloween," noted Barbara Labone, daughter of the contest's founders.

Painting by themselves, or in pairs, the youngsters competed for small cash prizes and the chance to share their artistic skills with passers-by.

"Artistically, we're looking for the kids to paint the whole window," Heim said. "We want them to make sure they're using great color. And that they're incorporating Millersburg and Halloween all into their pictures."

"And our borough police department has been great with the contest," Heim added. "They're very willing to be out on our town to make sure they're in the streets and keeping everybody safe."

"It's a wonderful tradition that we are so blessed to be able to have for our kids," said Heim, watching the excited young artists enjoying their day.

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