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Oskaloosa Main Street makes big changes for the fall

Halloween candy is also arriving in some stores earlier this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Halloween candy is also arriving in some stores earlier this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.(WRDW)
Published: Sep. 11, 2020 at 9:37 AM CDT
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OSKALOOSA, Iowa (KYOU) -

With fall just around the corner and as Oskaloosa Main Street strives to help support small businesses during these times. But, it was no doubt a tough decision to cancel their annual Halloween event in town square, disappointing many families in the area. Main Street Director Jessica Reuter says the decision wasn’t easy.

“We discussed alternative options and everything like that. But, ultimately the key to be putting on an event safetly right now is to enforce that social distancing. And, we didn’t feel that we could do that. So, unfortunately we had to cancel the event for this year,” Reuter explained.

But, Reuter says the city still wants to make this season special for all. And, to help Oskaloosa will be hosting a new event called the Mahaska Masquerade.

She says, “So far we’ve got sixteen businesses. Some of them are downtown some of them are around town, and we even have a couple in New Sharon. Who are offering masked shoppers special discounts and deals, and some of them are doing their own giveaways every hour in the store.”

The event will take place on October 2nd and 3rd from 10AM - 5PM. Current shops supporting the mask up event include: Book Vault, Style Me Crazy, Mahaska Drug, Salvaged Designs, and more.

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