As the weather cools and the leaves are now dropping quickly, it is a busy time with many events upcoming here in Covington. Beggar’s Night is next Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 6-8 p.m. And the annual Police Department/Optimist Costume contest will take place this Thursday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. on Wright Street near High Street, so get your kids and grandkids rounded up to roam our village in search of the houses or businesses with the best candy and goodies! And for the public, please be careful and mindful of the little ones traversing the streets in search of treats.
On Saturday, Nov. 4, the Covington Presbyterian Church, corner of Wright and Pearl Streets, will host their annual Bazaar and Bake Sale. It runs from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the church basement, which is handicap-accessible via the elevator on Pearl Street. There will be many new items for sale, and the ‘Cook’s Corner’ is again available this year with delicious soups, sandwiches, and other delicious goodies available to dine-in or carryout. Stop out and support the bazaar for some early Christmas shopping this weekend.
The annual Candlelight Christmas celebration is bigger and better than ever this year, now taking place over two big weekends. The first is Nov. 10-13, and the second is Nov. 17-19, all in uptown Covington, Ohio. The Candlelight Christmas this year will have the Dr. Seuss-inspired theme of ‘Whoseville’. All the uptown shops will be open and ready to do Christmas shopping business from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. on the Fridays and Saturdays, and 1-4 p.m. on the Sundays. Sleigh rides will be offered from 6-8 p.m. on the Fridays, 1-4 p.m. on the Saturdays and Sundays.
The two weekends will conclude with the popular ‘Home Tour’, from 5-8 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19. Tickets for the Home Tour are required, and may be purchased at any of the specialty shops and fine businesses of uptown Covington. Also new this year will be the Whoseville 5K Fun Run. The race will take place on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 10 a.m. at the old Middle School area on Grant Street. The registration fee is $20, and includes a t-shirt if received before the November 3 deadline. Same day registration is also $20, but with no t-shirt.
Participants may register for the fun run from 8:45-9:30 a.m. that morning, and again, the 5K will start at 10 a.m. sharp, rain or shine. Walkers and strollers are welcome! The run will be electronically timed by Can’t Stop Running Co. of Piqua, with same-day posted results. The course is an out and back flat course through town and over country roads, and will also finish at the old Middle School lot.
Divisions for prizes include male & female youth (17 and under), adult (18–59), and senior (60+). Awards will be given to the top male and female overall, as well as the top two finishers in each age division. There will also be a $150 value gift basket raffle, with chances at only $1 per ticket, as well as awesome door prizes donated by local area businesses and free refreshments before and after the race! But one must be pre-registered and present to be eligible for any door prizes. Proceeds from the 5K support the Covington Jr. High Track Team, and you can register at cantstoprunningco.com. You may also drop off or mail registration forms and payment to The Stitchery and More at 20 N. High St., with checks payable to the Covington Chamber of Commerce. This 5K event is graciously sponsored by the Candlelight Christmas committee and F45 of Piqua.
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