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Turtle Wing Continues the Monster Dash Tradition

This has indeed been an unusual year. With all of the “crazy” happening on this planet, one thing has stayed constant and that is that the kids who Turtle Wing provide services for and the families and educators they support need them more than ever. After much prayer and investigation, Turtle Wing has decided to have their 2020 Monster Dash. Their Safety Plan was approved, with the main difference being that they will not have a Kid Zone. Additionally, they are not charging for any of the activities. This is meant to be a fun, family event and everyone is welcome! The 8th Annual Monster Dash will be held on Saturday, October 17 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.

The Monster Dash was started in memory of Jack Hooper who LOVED Halloween and looked forward to dressing up each and every year. His love for this fun holiday is what inspired volunteers to begin this evening of not only remembering Jack and his fun loving spirit, but also providing an opportunity for our community to get together and enjoy all that our small towns have to offer. The highlight of the evening will again be the traditional Jack Hooper Costume Contest and of course the Monster “Dash” which will spotlight who the fastest kid or big kid on the block is. Additionally, attendees will enjoy Boo-Around-the-Block, a Halloween themed Bake-Off, a silent auction, and of course food and music. The evening will be concluded with a spooky performance by the On Pointe dancers.

For the first time, the Monster Dash will be held at Jack & Mary’s in Schulenburg (610 Lyons Avenue, Schulenburg) and will overflow onto Anderson Street to the south. Families from across the Turtle Wing service area, which includes Fayette, Colorado and Lavaca counties, are invited to participate. Halloween Themed Bake-Off entries will be accepted at 4:00 PM. Businesses, organizations and individuals may begin setting up for Boo Around the Block at 4:30. This is also when the Judges will begin the tasty job in the Bake-Off Contest, selecting Best of Show, Tastiest and Most Creative. Those interested in entering the Jack Hooper Halloween Costume Contest must check in between 5:00-6:00 PM. There will be numerous categories such as Best Homemade, Best Group, Best Duo, Scariest, Funniest/Silliest, Cutest and Best 5-minute Throw Together. At 6:00 PM the Monster Dash will begin, which is a 50 yard sprint. The On Pointe dancers will perform at 6:30 PM followed by the announcement of all of the winners. Turtle Wing Foundation mission is to help children with learning challenges in rural areas achieve their full potential. Program participants all have academic, social-emotional, behavioral and/or developmental needs. Turtle Wing’s three programming areas are Early Intervention, Supplemental Services, and Community Education & Advocacy. For more information on the Monster Dash please contact event chair, Kari Tumis, at (361)772-6998 or, follow on Facebook @turtlewingfoundtion, or visit


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