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Posted on: October 5, 2022

[ARCHIVED] October Events

October events

Friday, October 21
The Portland Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the 2nd annual Great Pumpkin Float at Sunset Lake on Friday, October 21! Race your carved pumpkin on Sunset Lake and enjoy, s'more, games and additional entertainment from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 
Pumpkin racing details: You must bring your own pumpkin. Please make sure your pumpkin is less than 8lbs. For best results, please carve both sides of your pumpkin.

Saturday, October 22 - Two Events
The Boo Bash Triathlon returns! The Portland Parks and Recreation Department offers 3 levels of competition:
  • Newbie Triathlon includes: 200 yard swim, 6 mile bike, and 1 mile run
  • Sprint Triathlon includes: 400 yard swim, 12 mile bike, and 5K (3.1 mile) run
  • Sprint Triathlon Relay: 400 yard swim, 12 mile bike, and 5K (3.1 mile) run
  • Minimum relay team size is two (2) people. Maximum relay team size is three (3) people. Relay teams may be all male, all female or coed.
The swimming portion of the race is completed at the Portland Aquatic Center (2002 Billy G Webb Dr). Participants must be 15-years-old or older. For more information and to register, visit

The other event occurring on Saturday, October 22, is the annual Book-A-Palooza event hosted by Portland's Bell Whittington Public Library and Gregory-Portland Independent School District. Book-A-Palooza will be held indoors this year at the TM Clark Elementary School cafeteria (2550 Memorial Pkwy). Children in 2nd grade and younger have the opportunity to fill a bag with brand new books suited for their reading level. This is a free event!

Saturday, October 29
The Portland Parks and Recreation's annual Boo Bash Festival returns to Portland Municipal Park (1815 Memorial Pkwy)! Dress up the family to Trick-or-Treat, play games, and take pictures around the complex from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This is a free event to attend, too!

Attention local business, groups, clubs, non-profits, for profits, churches and all: We need your help to create the longest Boo Bash Trick-or-Treat Trail ever. Sign up for a spot on the trail today at! On October 29, dress up, set up your space, and pass out candy or prizes to trick-or-treaters. This is a great way to advertise your business or organization.

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