BENNINGTON - Families turned out to enjoy Fallapalooza on Saturday despite the cold temperatures.
Children in costume trick-or-treated from business to business, receiving candy and small gifts.
Dressed as a Civil War soldier, Maggie Caron of Bennington Bookshop estimated she had handed candy out to at least 500 children.
"I've filled this bowl at least three times already," said Caron. "But the children are having a great time."
Her favorite costume she said was of a dad dressed as Gandalf from the Lord of the Rings, toting his two children dressed as Sam and Frodo.
The Town of Bennington offered free orange pumpkins to children to hold their candy, and traditional German food was served by Pumpernickel's Restaurant, which traveled in for the day from Lake George.
Costume contests, hay rides, pumpkin carving and children's activities contributed to the day.
Setting up on Main Street, vendors offered Vermont-made items, wood carvings and toys, along with homemade goods found at the Walloosac Farmers' Market, also in attendance.
Dressed as zombies, ballerinas and Native American Indians, as many as 30 dancers from Wild Country Cloggers performed traditional Appalachian clogging dances, along with Modern dance featuring Jazz styles and "Power Tap," or traditional clogging fused with tap.
"We had a really good crowd today," said Rhoda Morton, founder of the competing team.
Dancer Toni Squiers took off her ballerina costume as soon as the dancing was done, tired from a long morning of dancing despite the windy weather.
Since 1985 when they were known as the Dance Ranch Cloggers, the Bennington-based team has performed at local festivals and for CAT-TV and has participants between ages 3 and 72 years-old.
John Morton, who took over the team in 2003 from his mother, played spooky music and said everyone in attendance enjoyed the performance. "We've just been out here, having a good day. Everyone's seemed to have a blast," he said.
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