Contest voting begins Saturday

By Kristy D. Carter -

Now that Halloween is over and all the trick-or-treating done, it’s time to go online and cast your vote in The Sampson Independent’s Halloween Extravaganza or virtual costume party.

Voting, too, is underway now, with each unique visitor able to cast one vote per day for their favorite ghost or goblin. Voting for the contest begins tomorrow and will run through Sunday, Nov. 15.

If you haven’t had a chance to submit your entry, don’t worry. There is still time to do so at, where you just click on the contest logo and follow the simple instructions to enter. Submissions can be made through the remainder of the contest, but the earlier your submission is made, the more chances you will have to vote.

The Halloween Extravaganza or virtual costume party is a great way to get the community involved and businesses giving back, Independent staff noted. The winner of the contest will receive a $100 grand prize, and is being sponsored by Ford of Clinton, the contest’s title sponsor.

Category sponsors for this spooktacular event are Gotta Dance Arts Center, Matthews Health Mart, Piggly Wiggly and Clinton Appliance. “We appreciate each of our sponsors’ support,” said Sherry Matthews, the SI’s editor and publisher. “When you visit their business, and we hope you do that often, please be sure to thank them for supporting this community event.”

Community involvement and the children are exactly why Larry McPhail of Ford of Clinton said the company sponsors the contest.

“We like to support stuff in the community that involves the children,” McPhail said. “We support children and the community.”

McPhail said the contest is a great avenue for children to get involved and be a part of what is going on in the community.

“I like seeing the smile on their faces,” the contest sponsor added.

Similar to other contests held by The Sampson Independent, $50 prizes will be awarded to the winners of four other categories, which include, cutest costume, funniest costume, most unique costume and best Disney or cartoon character.

Winners are chosen by online visitors who will be allowed to cast votes — one per day — for those pictured in their best costumes. Voting begins Saturday and continues until Nov. 15, and winners will be announced the following week.

Just like with other SI contests, participants — whether entering, voting or viewing — must have a valid email address, which must be listed as they fill out the online form.

With hopes of encouraging more participation, Matthews assures the process of submitting and voting has been made simple, all in an effort to better serve the readers and the community.

“We don’t want this to be difficult; we want it to be easy and fun, which it should be.”

Matthews offered thanks once again to the advertising sponsors for their participation and belief in the fun and advantages of the online contest, and urged residents to frequent those businesses and offer their thanks as well.

“Without our advertising partners, these contests, which so many love, simply wouldn’t be possible. I hope others will support them the way they support this community and these projects,” she reiterated.

To submit a photo of you or someone flaunting their cutest, funniest and most original costume or to vote for your choice, visit, click on the contest logo and follow the steps to enter a submission or to cast your vote.

Reach Kristy D. Carter at 910-592-8137, ext. 2588. Follow us on Twitter at @SampsonInd. Like us on Facebook.

By Kristy D. Carter

Reach Kristy D. Carter at 910-592-8137, ext. 2588. Follow us on Twitter at @SampsonInd. Like us on Facebook.

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