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Get those children dressed in Halloween costumes and win some cash at the 19th annual Festival of Pumpkins costume contest Oct. 26. 

Sponsored by First Federal Community Bank, the competition, a part of the Festival of Pumpkins at Bywaters Park, 301 S. Main St., begins at 11 a.m. with registration at 9 a.m. and ending 10 minutes before age division competition begins.

Infants through 3-year-olds will compete at 11:30 a.m. followed at 12:15 p.m. with children ages 4-7 and at 1 p.m. for those 8-12 years old.

Prizes of $50 for first; $25 for second and $15 for third will be awarded in each of the three age brackets.

The costume contest is just one of many events taking place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the Festival of Pumpkins, a Paris Main Street event. Other children’s events include a pet pageant and pumpkin decorating contest to go along with pony rides and other activities in the kid’s midway. 

Mary Madewell is a staff writer for The Paris News. She can be reached at 903-785-6976 or at

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