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Pictured in the back row are Vincent Bello III, Charlie Bello, Antonia Kokiadis and Galina Bello. Sitting is Haley Colacci.

BELLEVILLE (Nov. 18, 2010) —
State Fair Superstore, a seasonal retail attraction in Belleville, recently announced the winners of its first-annual Halloween Spooky Story and Art Contest. Lyndhurst residents Galina Bello, Vincent Bello and Charlie Bello were recognized for their outstanding achievements in art and writing.

Galina, 11, took first place for art in the 10-12 age category, for a mixed-medium picture of trick-or-treating on Halloween night, featuring pumpkins, ghosts and kids in costume. Vincent, 9, was awarded first place for art in the 6-9 age group, for a comic strip hilariously portraying kids getting both tricked, and treated. Charlie, 9, won first place for creative writing in the 6-9 age group, for a story about a devil at Halloween.

Belleville resident Antonia Kokiadis, 9, took second place for art in the 6-9 age group, for her drawing of a cemetery scene complete with RIP headstones, a ghost and wolf baying at the moon. Haley Colacci, 9, of Guttenburg, won third place for art in the age 6-9 category, for a pencil drawing of Sully from Monsters Inc., wishing everyone a happy Halloween.

All first place winners won a $50 gift certificate to the State Fair Superstore, a first-place trophy and certificate of excellence. Second and third place winners were awarded gift bags, trophies and certificates of excellence.

“We were thoroughly impressed with the artistic talent and imagination displayed by all of this year’s entrants. As a favorite holiday for children, Halloween really gets them thinking creatively,” said Michele Tartaglione, managing director of State Fair Superstore. “We were thrilled to have the opportunity to inspire all of our participants to ‘get spooky’ and create such magnificent art and writing.”

After Halloween each year, the State Fair Halloween Superstore, located at 229 Main St. in Belleville, is transitioned to the State Fair Trim-A-Tree Christmas Superstore. The Trim-A-Tree store specializes in trees, lights, ornaments, indoor and outdoor decorations, custom-decorated wreaths, holiday crafts, nativity sets, table-top décor and gifts. The store features Dept. 56 houses and accessories, Lenox holiday gifts, and collectibles from Mr. Christmas, San Francisco Music Box Company, Precious Moments and Snow Babies. The store also offers a wide selection of holiday costumes from angels and elves to Santa and the Grinch.

The store is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (after Thanksgiving, open at 10 a.m. every day). For more information or directions, call 973-450-1070 or visit

— Submitted press release

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