One of the great things about Watkinsville are the frequent opportunities to gather downtown. First Fridays. The Christmas Parade. The Fall Festival. Ashford Manor Concerts on the Lawn. Farmers Markets. OCAF events.
Many in Athens and elsewhere think they have cornered the market on a "cool" downtown, but on many days of the year our small county seat can more than hold its own.
Halloween in Watkinsville is always a special event, and is one of my favorite downtown events. Hundreds (maybe a thousand?) kids and family members gather downtown. The merchants offer candy and good cheer, and a great time is had by all. Hundreds of citizens get to spend their time in an historic atmosphere (rather than the mall or another sterile environment) that is unique and safe. Each year, Peggy Holcomb dresses up, Mayor Luken hands out prodigous amounts of candy, and many other merchants go over the top to provide a wonderful Halloween for the kids of the community. This is a wonderful example of how small towns across Georgia can stay engaged -- even in a growing community -- and bring citizens new and old downtown to shop and dine.
Thanks to all who attend and all the merchants, county employees and city workers who participate and make this such a special day for the children of Oconee County!