One group will be using games and maybe a little face paint at Friday night’s Downtown Pumpkinpalooza to raise money for the Starkville Community Market.
The Market Dawgs, part of the Mississippi State University’s Day One program, will be setting up booths for children’s games and activities to help raise money to purchase methods of shading and greenery for the new Community Market site.
The fund-raiser will be part of Friday night’s Downtown Pumpkinpalooza event set from 6 to 8 p.m. in downtown Starkville.
Barrett Cuttino is a Market Dawg. He is one of the Day One students who have been working with the Starkville Community Market throughout this semester with site beautification, such as pulling weeds, welding, sweeping and anything else that was needed to help the Market as they moved to the new site at the corner of Jackson and Lampkin Streets.
“We have grown close to the people that work at the Community Market
and enjoy working towards making it a better environment so it will be more successful next year when it opens up in the spring,” Cuttino said.
Alicia Barnes, coordinator for the Day One Market Dawgs project, said the point of Friday night’s fund-raiser event is help the Starkville Community Market in two areas, site development and fund-raising.
“The materials to clean up the site and the cost of maintaining the market have not been free,” Barnes said. “The students have been working to figure out a way to help the market pay its current and future bills.”
The Market Dawgs recently hosted a change war fund-raiser between some of the residence halls on the MSU campus in order to raise money to donate to the Starkville Community Market.
Downtown Pumpkinpalooza is a free event that will also feature activities such as trick-or-treating to Main Street merchants, pumpkin patch featuring locally grown pumpkins from D&G Farms, face painting by Dandy Doodlez, pumpkin painting station by Starkville Area Arts Council, inflatable jumpers, MSU pep-rally with appearances by MSU Athletic Director Scott Stricklin and Bully, Halloween music by WLZA and Thurlow’s Party to Go, window decorating contest by Main Street merchants, restaurant specials for kids in costumes, and Starkville Community Market vendors selling baked goods and fall produce.
Following Pumpkinpalooza, the Starkville Community Market will continue the fun with a free screening of Monster House at the market site located on the corner of Lampkin and Jackson Streets beginning at 8 p.m.
Family’s are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and blankets and watch the animated story of three teens discovering that their neighbor’s house is really a living, breathing, scary monster. Donations will be accepted on site and concessions will be sold.
For more information about the Market Dawgs fund-raiser or the Starkville Community Market, contact Cunttino at email@example.com .
For more information about Pumpkinpalooza, contact Jennifer Gregory at 323-3322 or at firstname.lastname@example.org  or go to http://visit.starkville.org/pumpkin .