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Merri Heirs get ready for 'Trunk R Treat'

A group of Merri Heirs takes a break to cool off after a hayride Sept. 24 at the Mel Pittman farm, before getting down to business decorating fall scarecrows. Photo courtesy of Cindy Thomas1 / 2
Members of the Merri Heirs 4-H Club gathered Sunday, Oct. 8 for an Adopt-A-Highway clean up event. The club had a good turnout. Photo courtesy of Cindy Thomas2 / 2

Submitted by Cindy Thomas

The Merri Heirs 4-H Club in Plum City enjoyed a beautiful day at the Me Pa Ni Tro Dairy Farm Sunday, Sept. 24, where they were hosted by Joel and Cindy Thomas.

Owner Mel Pittman provided a hay wagon ride on pasture to discuss planting, harvest, irrigation and cover crops. Club members, parents and grandparents had many questions and learned an abundance of information.

The club also enjoyed making porch sitting scarecrows after their wagon ride. The Thomases provided straw, twine, burlap and felt and each family brought clothes for their fall friend. The creativity was on point as their scarecrows took on their own personalities.

Nesbitt's Orchard and Nursery donated apples to the club, which were used to make apple crisp, apple cider and caramel apple sundaes. Many yard games and animals were available to entertain this lively bunch.

Recently the Merri Heirs held their new member meeting at Ave Maria Academy in Plum City and welcomed many new families. New leaders Angie Bocksell and Crystal Books did a wonderful job helping new board members with their roles as well as communication about upcoming events the club will be participating in.

A planning committee was formed to begin preparations for an inaugural Trunk R Treat event for families and costumed goblins 4:30-6 p.m. Halloween evening in the Plum City High School parking lot. The Merri Heirs will be selling concession food, cider and cocoa. Plum City FFA will coordinate an activity for the children and Plum City Schools SOS will provide a fall backdrop photo opportunity.

All residents are welcome and encouraged to join in the Trunk R Treat candy passing (as well as receiving); be sure to decorate your trunk for the Best Trunk Contest. If you are not familiar with Trunk R Treating, it takes the tradition of trick-or-treating from the front porch to the parking lot. It's easier for younger children to travel car-to-car (trucks and vans welcome also) and allows rural residents to participate in the tradition of passing out candy also. Trunk-r-treating is much safer and is something anyone and everyone can do before dark and enjoy an evening in town. Children are still welcome to trick-or-treat homes around town and visit Molly's on Main for the Lions Club Halloween party.