Night of a Thousand Jacks canceled for this year

An October tradition won’t be held this year in Columbus. Our news-gathering partners at The Republic are reporting that Night of a Thousand Jacks, a pumpkin carving contest put on by Advocates for Children, is being scuttled because of a lack of staff.

This would have been the 10th annual event. The last few years, the event has been held at Fair Oaks Mall and in the past it has been a major fundraiser for the organization. Advocates for Children assigns volunteers to look out for the interests of children who are victims of neglect and abuse caught up in the court system.

Representatives for the agency told the newspaper that the loss of the agency’s executive director and the retirement of the event’s organizer meant this year’s event had to be canceled. They still hope to continue the event in future years.

The agency will be holding the Dash-O-Lantern Halloween Costume 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, Oct. 27th at Freedom Field Park. The 5k run will start at 10 a.m. that morning and the walk will start at 10:15 a.m. The park is just north of Parkside Elementary School.

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