Last week’s Shop 16th Fall Festival Celebration Attracted Hundreds to Laurel’s 16th Avenue

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On Monday, October 29th, 16th Avenue was filled with trick-or-treaters getting an early start on their Halloween celebrations. Over 500 people took advantage of the first-ever Shop 16th Fall Festival in the parking lot of Rubies Home Furnishings. With a last-minute date change due to rain, organizers were excited to see such a large number of people from around the community come out to enjoy the festival and support local businesses.

 The event was sponsored by the Jones County Chamber of Commerce and all current Shop 16th Patrons (to see a full list, visit The event was an effort to showcase and promote community, local shopping and tourism in Jones County. At the festival, 27 vendors from throughout the community hosted children’s games and offered candy, food or sweets at their booths.

Shop 16th Fall Festival Vendors

 Each vendor was encouraged to provide a game or activity for children. Among the most popular booths were State Farm Agent, Brian Ginn, who hosted a “needle,” or piece of candy, in a haystack from the back of his famous red truck. Tammy Robinson of Let’s Make Something, a local fabric and quilting shop, featured a Tic-Tac-Toe board that she made by hand. City Home Center offered free handprints on tile in a seasonal turkey or pumpkin design. And, as with most successful events in our community, balloons by Mr. Silly Socks were a crowd favorite.

Shop 16th Fall Festival

 “We are thrilled so many from the community came out to support local businesses at the Shop 16th Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat,” said Amanda Roll, Chamber and Tourism Director for the Jones County Chamber of Commerce. “Fall has been an event-filled season, and we have more great opportunities planned for the holidays that will promote Jones County to locals and tourists alike.”

 To learn more about Shop 16th, see a list of Shop 16th Patrons or to become one, visit

Laura Johns