By Jon Schroeder

The Cove Herald

It’s an exciting time to be in Copperas Cove, and the Cove Chamber of Commerce wants to keep it that way. Over the course of the next month or so, four events are taking aim at giving families, businesses and individuals something fun to do.

Heritage Festival

Ogletree Gap Heritage Festival, Oct. 19-21, has been co-sponsored by the Copperas Cove Parks and Recreation Department. Wild West can-can dancers (6:30 p.m. Oct. 19), domino and checkers tournaments (11 a.m. Oct. 20) and Civil War battle re-enactments (1:45 and 5 p.m. Oct. 20 and 1 p.m. Oct. 21) are just part of the excitement. Storytelling, musical performances and barbecue and cold beer will entertain throughout.

The heritage festival is about more than fun, though. It’s a trip back in time to the Old West: visitors can check out the Civil War encampment of the Fightin’ Sixth or try some pioneer food. It’s not all for grownups, either — old fashioned games will keep the kids entertained.

The event costs $3 per person per day or $5 for a weekend pass. Children 5 and under are free.

Spooktacular Trail

The Ogletree Gap Halloween Spooktacular Trail will be open 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 27 and 29-31. Spooktacular’s haunted hay ride is for the whole family — Buddy Southards, vice president of the chamber, said there are a couple of potentially frightening parts, but small children should be alright on the ride.

About 50 volunteers from will be working on the trail nightly at Spooktacular, taking groups through various spooky skits and scenes.

Southards says he doesn’t want to give too much away, but visitors should look out for a “headless horseman” on the trail.

Each ride will last about 25 minutes, for $5 per person.

Safe Halloween

Oct. 31, that night of sugar mayhem, will see games and costumes in a safe environment downtown. Roads will be closed between Avenue F and D and Second and First streets.

Safe Halloween will start at 5:30 p.m., when businesses open their doors to trick-or-treaters. From 6 to 8 p.m., games — including a costume contest — will fill the night.

Cove Expo

Cove Expo’s goal is to allow businesses and individuals to see what each other has to offer.

About 45 businesses signed up last year, and planners are expecting even more this year — last year a similar event was held on a Thursday, but this year it will be on Saturday, Nov. 10.

Four Cove restaurants will provide free “sample-size” food, and businesses will be giving away door prizes. A Suzuki 250 ATV will go to the lucky winner of the $1 raffle.

“There’s always a new influx of people in our community,” said Betty Price, special projects coordinator for the chamber.

Cove Expo will let newcomers “see what each (business) has to offer.”

Tickets for the expo are $5 each.

Contact Jon Schroeder at or call (254) 547-0428

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