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Parks and Rec Department honored for Halloween event, James Martin

The Town of Jonesborough received two top awards last week from the Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association.
The town’s Parks and Recreation Department earned its first Four Star Award for Excellence in Parks and Recreation for its annual Halloween Haunts and Happenings event.
As part of the annual event, Main Street is transformed into a hubbub of little ghosts, goblins and superheroes, all gathering to celebrate Halloween at a community, family friendly event. The free event features games, ghost stories, a costume contest and trick or treating.
Thousands of people show up to the event each year. This year’s Halloween Haunts and Happenings will take place Friday, Oct. 26.
“This really validates the quality of what we do here in Jonesborough,” said Rachel Conger, director of the Parks and Rec Department. “We are doing things comparable to what larger communities are doing with way more resources.”
The town also received a Four Star Benefactor Award in recognition of James Martin’s $400,000 donation to the Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts.
“The benefactor award for Mr. Martin is much deserved and is a testament to his generosity and the confidence he has had in Jonesborough’s ability to carry out quality arts programming,” Conger said. “This is the first year that we have won. We are honored to receive these awards and proud that our efforts were recognized by the state awards committee who was judging the best of the best programs in Tennessee.”