Family Earth Day Coming Soon

earth day celebrationThe 2014 Family Earth Day Celebration is coming!

Mark your calendars for a fun filled day at the Wayne County Fairgrounds.  Saturday, May 10, 2014, starting at 10:00 a.m., at the Tom Raper Center.  Also sign up for Lemonade Day while you are there!

For more information visit Cope Environmental Center’s Website:


Two Fun Halloween Events: First The Homerun Haunt Saturday

If you love Halloween and your kids can’t wait to dress up, then you will love that there are two events coming up soon sponsored by the Richmond Parks Department.

The Homerun Haunt is tomorrow afternoon at McBride Stadium, and next Saturday your family can enjoy the annual Halloween Howl at the Tom Raper Center.  (See below for more details).  And don’t forget this weekend is also the Haunted Museum in Richmond! 

Homerun HauntHalloween Howl

Earth Day In Wayne County: Fun Things To Do

earth day logoEarth Day is just around the corner, and this Saturday, April 20th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., will be a fun day for all ages at the Tom Raper Center.

Organizations from all over Wayne County including the Cope Environmental Center, Sprout of Control Community Gardening, Lemonade Day Wayne County, and many others will have displays set up for you to visit.  Other activties will include: Mark’s Ark Live Animal Show, and the Test Middle School Drum Ensemble.  There will be native tree giveaways, and plenty of opportunities to learn more about local green businesses, and learn about different places where you an enjoy nature outdoors.

earth day plantingBest Way Recycling will be on site and will take cardboard, paper, and plastics 1-7, glass and cans.  There will be plenty of hands-on activities as well.

Mascots will be available for photo-ops with the kids (and adults) including Kash from First Bank Richmond.

Monday, April 22nd, Texas Roadhouse is offering Earth Day activities for kids as well.  (see information below).

And remember it’s a good time to plant a tree and start a garden plot in celebration of this great place called Earth!

Celebrate Earth Day With Us!

texas roadhouse celebrate earth day

Texas Roadhouse

Join us for an Earth Day themed Kids’ Night Monday, April 22nd from 4PM until 7PM. Here’s what we’ll have goin’ on for the kiddos:

– Make bird feeders, paint, play games
– Meet adorable animals from HELP the Animals
– Kids Meals for only $0.99 with the purchase of an adult entree

Until April 30th, bring in your tin or aluminum cans to either Texas Roadhouse in Richmond or H.E.L.P. the Animals and receive a free* Appetizer Card to be used on a future visit.

The cans will be recycled for cash and our friends at Richmond Scrap Processors will match that amount to donate to the H.E.L.P. the Animals Inc.

* Valid until April 30, 2013 only. While supplies last. No cash value. No substitutions. Not valid with any other offer. Valid at the Richmond, IN location only



More Fun Halloween Events In Wayne County

Halloween Howl, 2011

Upcoming Halloween Happenings

Discover some of the spooktacular events coming up to celebrate Halloween, as you read below.  From  costume contests to alternative trick-or-treat options, choices abound for young and old in Wayne County.

Halloween Howl, Wednesday, October 24th, presented by Richmond Parks and Recreation at Tom Raper Center from 6-8:30 pm.

A Halloween Party at Veach’s in uptown Richmond, on Friday, October 26th, 4-7 pm; featuring a Spooky Jr. Haunted House, a costume contest for ages 10 and under, games, and refreshments. This is a free event.

Little Sheba’s Halloween Party, October 27th.  Trick or Treat? It’s the best party in town. Come dressed or not. We’ll have a costume contest with prizes. Music provided by Garcia and Scott. Let’s get ghoulish. It’s “Better Than Being Home.”

Costume contest at Roscoe’s Coffee Bar & Tap room, on October 27th at 10:00 pm.

Safety Village, October 29th on the State Hospital grounds from 5-7 pm

Trunk ‘n’ Treat, Wednesday, October 31st , 5:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., In the Reid Church parking lot on the corner of North B & 11th Streets. Come dressed in Costume!


Trick or Treat Nights:

October 31st
Cambridge City, IN 6p-8p
Centerville, IN 5p-7p
Fountain City, IN 5p-7p
Hagerstown, IN  6:30p-8:30p
Milton, IN  6p-8p
Richmond, IN 5-7p
Winchester, IN 5-8p

The Dire Skates Shamrock Slamdown

dire skates event

Looking for something fun to do plus raise money for Girls Inc.? Oh did I mention Richmond’s Thump Jumpers will perform at half time! March 10th at 6pm at The Tom Raper Center!

Hundreds Of Children Attend Trunk Or Treat At Wayne County Fairgrounds

A Strange Pair of Friends....

Trunk or Treat, sponsored again by the Richmond Parks and Recreation Department, was a great “treat” for the hundreds of children who ventured out on a cold night last Wednesday.

So many cute ghouls and boys rounded the circle of decorated trunks with costumed adults and children handing out candy.  And then, indoors to the games and costume contests, food and fun.  It was a great night for the children and those who helped put on the event.

During the costume contest the crowd was also entertained by a magician while the judges tallied their votes for the 7 years and up category.  The judges included the RiverRat and other well known personalities and their task was daunting with so many wonderful entries.

See the video below of the magician’s act and find more pictures of the many children who attended, on our facebook site at Go Wayne County.  Thanks to all  who worked so hard to bring this event to the community.

Halloween Howl Comes Back This Year To The Tom Raper Center

Please note that attendees must enter from the NW L Street entrance. The front entrance will be closed to try to reduce traffic congestion.- submitted by Blair Beach, Richmond Parks and Recreation:

Cutest Goblins Found In Wayne County

"So What Is this Stuff They Call Candy?"

Last weekend hundreds of children, and adults, in costume descended upon the 4H Fairgrounds for Trunk or Treating, and fun activities which followed provided by the Richmond Parks Department, inside the Tom Raper Center.

Children waited patiently as they watched for the signal to start their trek towards the treats.  Some played in the leaves and many ran about trying to stay warm on the chilly October night.

As the night sky turned eerily orange, the Trunk- or- Treaters made their rounds to the many cars backed into circles.  Then on to the fun games, crafts, and costume contests inside.   There were so many original costumes it was a hard decision for the judges, which included Mayor Sally Hutton, to pick winners in each category.


As you will see from the pictures, picking one cute, funny, or scary costume would be difficult.  A great time was had by all during one of many Halloween celebrations last weekend.

Goblins, Trick or Treaters, Haunted Houses…It’s Halloween Weekend

Halloween Howl …Tonight

Wednesday,  October 27, at the Tom Raper Center.  This is a free event sponsored by the Richmond Parks & Recreation Department for kids of all ages.  Lots of candy and fun! 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Come in costume if you want.

Dead Woods Haunted Trail

Weslers Orchard, New Paris OH,  Friday and Saturday night 8 p.m. – Midnight. Cost 8.00 (from the people who brought you Slaughterhouse).

Haunted House @ Springwood Park

Another Halloween weekend treat brought to you by Richmond Parks and Recreation.  This one is for children 10 years old and up.  The cost is $5.00.  Prepare to be spooked.  Friday and Saturday nights, October 29 & 30th, from 8-11 p.m.

Halloween Cancer Walk: Saturday October 30th

Proceeds from walk go to Relay for Life…5:00 – 5:30 Register at VFW- cost 5.00.  Walk to Marine Corp League, Druids, Moose, & end at Post 65–party at the Legion 7:30 p.m. with DJ Duke and prizes, food.  (dressing in costume is part of the fun!)–probably not required)? For ages 21 and over.

Trick Or Treat Nights in Wayne County:

  • October 30th: Centerville 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Richmond 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Greensfork 6p.m. – 8 p.m.; Hagerstown 6:30 – 8:30
  • October 31st: Cambridge City: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m

DJ Entertainment Presents  “HALLOWEEN HAVOC”

At the Tally Ho Pub Saturday, October 30, 2010! Kostume Contest, Kostume Karaoke,  Door Prizes, Cash Prizes,  Props that will  SCARE YOU TO DEATH!  Kontest Begins at 11PM! Newly remodeled pub under new ownership.  Also Karaoke contest every Wednesday night starting at 9:00 p.m. with tryouts. (4th round is tonight).

Halloween Goes To The Dogs

Sunday, October 31st–Dog costume contest, “bogging” for hot dogs and much more!  Organized by the Richmond Parks Department.  Call Katie Baldwin Chaney for more details. Located at the Bark Park and the Reservoir.  Begins at 3:00 p.m.

If you know of any other Halloween events this weekend–please add a comment below.  We like comments…we actually get really excited when someone makes one!!