SIDNEY — The Shelby County Historical Society (SCHS) has announced that some of the time slots of its popular annual ghost tour have sold out.
The only tours for which tickets are still available are those on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m.
The event is a walking tour of downtown Sidney, leaving from the Ross Historical Center, 201 N. Main Ave. The number of participants in each departure group is limited, so tickets must be purchased in advance. They cost $10 for SCHS members; $12 for nonmembers; and are available at the Ross Center and by phone at 498-1653.
The tour lasts about an hour to an hour and a half and will include visits with costumed, living history storytellers along the route.
“You’ll learn about kidnappings, robberies, fires and bloodcurdling tales from the old jail,” said SCHS Director Tilda Phlipot. “And there will be stories of people who roam downtown but no longer can be seen.”
Shelby County Sheriff John Lenhart will portray a sheriff from the past and tell stories of happenings at the jail that have never been told before. Bob Barnhart will portray Byron Joslin. Mary Jannides will tell tales about Johnny KooKootsedes. Richard Bailey will play Punky Miller; Jane Bailey will portray Abby Studevant, Neil Allen will play architect Louis B. Sullivan and Phil Gilardi will pose as his ancestor, Anthony Gilardi.
Each tour will end with spooky stories at the Masonic lodge.
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