Downtown Frostproof Gets Spooky For 4th Fall Street Dance
by James Coulter
Downtown Frostproof celebrated Halloween with lots of spooky fun with its 4th Fall Street Dance on Saturday night. Several hundred attendees of all ages, many dressed in their best Halloween outfits, gathered along East Wall Street to enjoy live music, food trucks and other fun activities.
Several dozen local food trucks and vendors lined the street as the stage provided live music and entertainment for participants to dance on. The event started at 6:30 p.m., around the time the city’s trick-or-treater was still in effect, so many trick-or-treaters and their families attended. Many of them even entered a costume contest later that night.
Street dancing coincided with many other Halloween events that took place around this time. Mister Chris’ Coffee Gallery & Depot hosted a chest or candy and car exhibit at Freedom Station Park, while the American Legion hosted a haunted house.
With so many other Halloween festivities taking place during this time, many people in costumes came to downtown Frostpoof during the street dancing, which drew more attendees than previous events, said the Vice Mayor Austin Gravely.
“It’s already a record, and it hasn’t even started yet,” he said at the start of the event that evening, when several hundred attendees gathered on East Wall Street in front of the Ramon theater.
Tristan Tritt, a famous musician linked to County legend Travis Tritt, presented live musical performances. While his father plays country, Tristan prefers to play alternative rock, providing more catchy and energetic music to dance to.
Tristan was personally invited by Gravely, who even traveled to the musician’s town of Traverses to see him play. Tristan didn’t disappoint, as his tunes helped liven up the already lively atmosphere of dancing, drinking beer and having a good time in general, he said.
“I really want to get the message across to bring people together and get over this pandemic and just enjoy this moment,” he said. “They took really good care of us. We’re super excited to be playing for these lovely people here. It’s a small town, similar to the town I grew up in, so it’s like being at home.
For the past four years, the Town of Frostproof has hosted the biannual street dance during Valentine’s Day and in the fall. Even at the height of the pandemic last year, the city never canceled an event, giving locals and visitors a safe and fun environment to come together and have a great time despite these uncertain times.
“I want to see all the people having a good time,” Gravely said. “Everyone is happy. Especially after last year. Even though Frostproof never canceled anything, people are happy to go out and enjoy the night.
Many local organizations participated for fundraising purposes. The Frostproof High Boosters Club sold hot dogs and boiled peanuts to raise funds for the Frostproof High School Band.
Drew Pepkowski, treasurer of FP Band Boosters, rightly so, dressed up as a hot dog. He participated in such an event with the Boosters Club to raise funds for their cause, but also to enjoy the event with others.
“It’s been nice and stable,” he said. “It feels good and feels good. Everyone is having a lot of fun and enjoying it… We are doing well for the first time we are here, not knowing what we were walking in or what we expected, but we seem to be doing well in terms of crowds.
The next Frostproof Street Dance will take place next year on Valentine’s Day. Their next and biggest event will be their next Christmas parade. For more information, visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/cityoffrostproof