Photo by Chris Cooper Phil Cole holds his grandson, at Harvest Fest Wednesday.

Photo by Chris Cooper

Phil Cole holds his grandson, at Harvest Fest Wednesday.

The community really pulled together this Halloween season with numerous events scheduled to supply young people with a safe and fun place to go.

Churches, businesses, fire departments, cities, and even our local Logan Memorial Hospital got in on the festivities which drew hundreds of local children and parents eager for treats they didn't have to worry about.

On Wednesday, Oct. 30, the Churches of Russellville which include New Vision, Walnut Grove, The Methodist Temple, First Christian, Post Oak, and Oak Grove threw a massive get-together at the Logan County Ag Arena off the bypass. The Harvest Fest was first scheduled to be on the Carrico Square but the rainy weather had other plans. The move, however, did not dampen the evening as one of the largest crowds to ever attend an event at the arena showed up.

"It was a huge crowd," said Barry Joe Wright, 3rd District Magistrate. "People were backed up on the highway. I haven't seen such a crowd in the arena before. It is awesome to see the community come together like this. This venue is very important to our community and we are blessed to be able to have such a place for citizens to gather together."

According to Pastor Joe Ball, of First Baptist Church, he was astounded at the crowd. "I really think we may consider doing this here again next year."

For Russellville Councilwoman Sandra Kinser, God definitely had a hand in the evening. "Isn't this just great?" said Kinser Wednesday evening. "God is good all the time and all the time God is good."

This is the first year in a long time Logan Memorial Hospital has held an event this big for the community and the community responded well.

Lori Riffle, Administrative Assistant at Logan Memorial Hospital, said they estimated over 700 kids at Logan Memorial Hospital's Trunk or Treat Tuesday, Oct. 29.

"This was the first time we have had an event like this one," said Riffle. "There may have been attempts in the past but not as well attended as this was."

According to Logan Memorial Hospital interim CEO David Brash, the hospital directors were interested in getting involved with the community and giving back and this event gave them that chance.

"We had not considered doing this more than this year, however, with the feedback we have received from the community, it has got us looking at it a little closer and we will definitely consider doing it again in the future. It was an awesome event and Mother Nature cooperated. We are happy with how it went," said Brash.