Oktoberfest Brings Ghosts And Ghouls Into Daylight

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Legend dictates vampires cannot revel in daylight, lest they be destroyed.

Over the weekend Payson broke all the rules, as vampires, ghosts and ghouls braved the rays of the sun to participate in Oktoberfest festivities at Swiss Village.

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Michael Hillgeren displays his new nose at the Swiss Village Oktoberfest Saturday.

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Skyler Cornelius looks up startled from her pumpkin painting at the Payson Roundup booth.

Among the highlighted events was the Halloween costume contest Saturday afternoon.

Other events at the five-hour festival included pumpkin painting and an antique car display.

More than 100 adults and children gathered in front of the Roundup office to display their not-so-ghastly drapings, as judges decided who would win prizes for the most creative, scariest, and cutest costumes.

KRIM radio was on-hand, providing Halloween-themed music during a live broadcast from the parking lot.

Judges included Payson Police Chief Don Engler, Roundup photographer Andy Towle, Diamond Star Fire Department Chief Gary Hatch, Payson Fire Chief Marty DeMasi and Payson resident, Carl Hall.

Engler said it was a lot more difficult judging contestants than he thought it would be.

"They're either really scary, really creative, or really cute," he said.

"It makes it a whole lot harder to pick one when they're all so good."

Parents glowed with pride, and kids waddled in their costumes with excitement as the judging began and winners' names were called out.

Haiden Wilcox won first place for the cutest costume, dressed as a dairy cow.

Five-year-old Kevin Kelly took first place in the most creative category, dressed as Count Dracula.

His brother Jonathan Kelly won third place, dressed as Michael Myers from the "Halloween" movies.

Katrisha Stuler was there with her two sons, Ben, 7, dressed as a Black Power Ranger, and Jake, also 7, dressed as a Silver Power Ranger.

"This kind of event is great," Stuler said.

"It is a great way for the kids to get out and do some Halloween stuff."

Bill and Carol Michaels won first place in the adult costume category. They dressed in typical 1920's fashions and drove their 1928 Ford Model A into town to participate in Oktoberfest festivities.

Paul Rasmussen proudly displayed his 1931, all-original Ford Model A Sport Coupe. Rasmussen said the car is a daily driver, but he doesn't usually take it out on the highway, because its top speed is only 45 miles per hour.

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