Halloween Harvest Festival at Camp Jewell

Some of the many attendees at Camp Jewell's annual Halloween Harvest Festival on Oct. 19.
Some of the many attendees at Camp Jewell's annual Halloween Harvest Festival on Oct. 19.
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COLEBROOK — The spirit of Halloween was everywhere at Camp Jewell YMCA on Saturday, Oct. 19 as the camp held its Halloween Harvest Festival.
The event included trick or treating at various cabins at the campground, along with a hayride, a hay maze for children, a dance party, a haunted house and dinner for participants.
The event was a fundraiser for Camp Jewell’s annual campaign.
“Years ago we decided that we wanted to host an event that would open the camp up to the community,” Business Operation Manager Jodi Gove said. “The fall seemed like a perfect opportunity to bring people in. Camp Jewell is not just a summer camp. It’s also an outdoor center where we host between 18,000 to 20,000 a year.”
Gove estimated that over 700 people attended the event.
“Halloween is an easy thing to decorate for,” Gove said. “Children and adults love Halloween. There are not many events where you can have a whole neighborhood participate in everything all in one spot.”
“Here in Colebrook, there are not too many places for children to go trick or treating,”
Interim Executive Director Craig Dawson said. “We do this as a collaboration with the local community, including the Colebrook Lions Club, Colebrook PTO, and Colebrook General Store. We do this to give children an opportunity for a Halloween experience. This event is great to raise awareness of the camp, but also a way to give back to the community.”
For more information about Camp Jewell go to www.campjewellymca.org.

Camp Jewell YMCA Interim Executive Director Craig Dawson
Business Operation Manager Jodi Gove
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