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Irvington Will Host Halloween Parade, Turkey Trot

IRVINGTON, N.Y. – Irvington will put on a Halloween parade and the Peter Oley Turkey Trot race this year despite those two events getting cut from the village budget. Successful efforts by the FACE committee have led to getting sponsors for both events.

Recreation Supervisor Joe Archino announced at Monday's Board of Trustees meeting that the Irvington Fire Department has agreed to spend up to $7,000 to host the annual Halloween parade on Oct. 30.

Archino also announced that the Irvington Girl Scout community has agreed to pay for the $3,500 non-contractual costs associated with the Turket Trot race on Nov. 20. Participants in the race will also be paying fees to support the event.

“We are extremely grateful to them,” Archino said of the Fire Department and the Girl Scout community.

Irvington removed several village events from its budget this year, including the Halloween parade, Turkey Trot and Fourth of July Fireworks. The village was not able to find funding for fireworks this year.

In response to the budget cuts, the FACE committee was set up through the Recreation Department. FACE stands for Fund Raising and Community Events.

“Their main charge is to look for ways to pay for things that go on in town that because of budget restrictions—budget cuts—that they either had to be put on hold or eliminated altogether,” Irvington Mayor Brian Smith said.

Archino said that when the FACE committee began, they targeted two specific events that they wanted to bring back: the parade and the turkey trot. Archino described Monday's announcement as “good news” and “a great thing.”

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