Fall activities start early with ‘Boo Haven’

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New Haven hosting several events this weekend

By Kacie Goode

While still a few weeks away, kids in New Haven got the frights and delights of the Halloween early with a “Boo Haven” trunk-or-treat event.


On Saturday, kids clad in their favorite costumes, rushed through a haunted house in the gym, stopped by various decorated “trunks” for candy, followed a pumpkin pathway to show off the pumpkin they had painted and enjoyed a chili supper. The event was hosted by and supported the New Haven School PTO, and saw dozens of participants.

While Boo Haven was a big hit for the kids, the city anticipates a crowd this weekend for other fall-time activities and more.

On Saturday, starting at 4 p.m., St. Catherine will kick off its annual Autumn Fest. The event, which supports St. Catherine Academy in New Haven, will run until 8 p.m. and feature a turkey dinner with trimmings, games, a silent auction and a $10 raffle for a chance to win $10,000. The school is located at 413 N. First Street in New Haven.

Also on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the sixth annual Car and Truck Show will take place at The Kentucky Railway Museum, 136 S. Main Street. Last year’s event featured more than 175 cars and organizers anticipate an even larger display this year. Coinciding with the Car and Truck Show, the New Haven Community Development Committee will be selling food items at the adjacent Simms Park to raise money for a playground to be installed at the park. Food for purchase will include hotdogs, chili, chips and soda.

While Saturday will be filled with family events, Sunday also looks to attract interest in the New Haven area, particularly when it comes to volunteers. The New Haven/Rolling Fork Fire Departments will host an open house from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in an effort to recruit new candidates. A shortage of volunteers and an aging force have been a big issue for the department in recent years, and more volunteers are needed to improve the fire service in the area. The open house will also allow community members to tour the firehouse, located at 363 Center Street. The open house is held in partnership with the Support Team and The American Red Cross.