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Tri-Town Chamber of Commerce’s annual haunted hay rides Friday & Saturday

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NORTH LAWRENCE - Monsters, goblins, madmen and more will be waiting for you at the haunted forest this weekend as the Tri-Town Chamber of Commerce hosts its fourth annual haunted hayride Friday and Saturday just outside the hamlet of North Lawrence.

The rides depart from the corner of county Route 55 and the Leary Flint Road at 6 p.m. for young children with scary rides for older children and adults starting at 7 p.m. and continuing until everyone has gone through the forest.

Tri-Town Chamber of Commerce Vice President Kimberly A. Russell said more than 250 people were on and last weekend for the first weekend of the rides, which raise money for the Kid’s Zone children’s activities at the Tri-Town Winter Carnival.

“We just really like our community and donating our time to the community,” Ms. Russell said, adding that it takes a team of more than 30 volunteers to put the event on.

One of those volunteers is her daughter, Kristy J. Woods.

“It’s a blast,” she said.

While this is the fourth year the chamber has hosted the event, Ms. Russell said last year was when things really took off.

“The first couple of years it was kind of slow, but once everybody got the word we were doing this its been busy,” she said. “Last year we had people waiting for over an hour, but this year Dow Electric donated another wagon.”

Some people even take the ride twice, she said, and with two wagons constantly running wait times are dramatically reduced.

In addition to Dow Electric she noted tractors for the rides were donated by Ed Russell and Rick Tozier, with pumpkins for the event donated by Jack Adel. The rescue squad donated use of its popcorn machine for a concession stand that runs during the event.

“We’ll have hot-dogs, hamburgers, candy, popcorn, soda, hot chocolate and even some souvenirs,” Ms. Russell said, adding proceeds from the concession stand also go toward funding the Kid’s Zone.

“The more money we raise the more activities we can have,” he said.




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