Monday, October 23, 2017

Haunted trail ‘jumps out’ into the Halloween season

By: Lucas Smith
    The 9th Annual Haunted Trail held at the Jackson County Fairgrounds will be October 27th and 28th in Cottageville, West Virginia. People of all ages come out to this trail every in hopes of getting scared.

In addition to the haunted trail, there are other festivities happening that people can get involved with. Pursley’s Exotic Petting Zoo will be set up during the event and will be donating some of their proceeds to the horse committee. Also taking place, there will be Not So Spooky Horse Drawn Wagon Rides and face painting. Finally, there will be a Trunk-or-Treat that Saturday only from 7-8 p.m. You can enjoy all these events while eating shaved ice. Sno Biz will also be set up at the haunted trail.

What people don’t know, is that there is a whole story behind how the haunted trail was started. Nine years ago, members of the Jackson County Junior Fair Horse Committee started the haunted trail as a way to raise funds for the construction of the new horse barn at the JCJF. After the barn was built, proceeds have been used to do repairs on the old horse barn.

Gala Voiers, an adult member of the horse barn, said, “We have used the money to do repairs on the old barn, put a drainage system around both barns, purchase new lighting and other maintenance around the horse barn area. We also use the money to pay for activities and awards for the 4-H and FFA horse exhibitors.”

Members of the horse barn have multiple tasks that they can do to help out. Some take money and tickets, while others hide in the woods and wait to scare their next victims. Some students from Ripley High that are helping out include: Becca Burdette, Micah Ranson, and Sydney Casto.

Ranson says that he is usually taking tickets or scaring people along the trail.

Casto plans on dressing up as Pennywise and scaring people along the trail. Her favorite part about working the trail is “watching people get scared and hanging out with all the other workers.”

Burdette plans on being on the trail this year but does not know what character she is going to be yet.

Admission to walk the half-mile trail is $5.00 per person. Wagon rides are $3.00 per person. Admission for the petting zoo and other festivities is unknown at this time. You can find more information about the Haunted Trail and other events at their website

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