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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Rain or shine, the event still held

  • Rainy weather does slow or stop Boo on Bell.
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  • Safe Events for Families is a nonprofit organization that takes on the responsibility of hosting Boo on Bell every year in Shawnee.
    However, improbable weather conditions did not put a restraint on this 14th consecutive event.
     
    Linda Brown, treasurer of SEFF, said they would try to go on regardless of the rain.
     
    Dell Kerbz, chairman of the board for SEFF, said Boo on Bell will continue rain or shine.
     
    “Even with the weather we have an awesome team with board members and emergency management crew, who have been in direct communication with me about radar,” he said.
     
    Starting off the day, 65 craft vendors and seven food vendors opened at 10 a.m. and the carnival followed and opened at noon.
     
    “This is the first year we have offered rides at the carnival and we are real excited about that,” said Kerbz.
     
    Additionally, Kerbz said 22 nonprofit organizations were running the carnival, and a percentage of the profits made were given back to the organizations.
     
    Children who attended this event were also given the opportunity to participate in a costume contest beginning at 2 p.m. and afterwards trick-or-treating to local businesses around the downtown area.
     
    Nine tons of candy was donated to this special event.
    “Local merchant and businesses around the area paid for the candy that was used in the trick-or-treating event,” said Kerbz.
     
    Ten board members of SEFF volunteered their time to help with this two-day event.
     
    Preparations for the next Boo on Bell will start in November.
     
    Also, Kerbz said there was a possibility of SEFF hosting an event in either late spring or early summer.
     

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