Hairy Poddur Haunting set for Oct. 24

Staff report

SIDNEY — Sidney will have a new attraction for the trick-or-treat season this year.

The Hairy Podder Halloween Haunting, a festival open to the public and sponsored by the Shelby County Democrat Women, will be Oct. 24 at the Vandemark Farm, 2401 S. Vandemark Road. Doors will open at 5 p.m. at the Lost Land Corn Maze site’s newly remodeled auction barn.

Advance tickets for the family-friendly haunting are $5 per person. They are available by calling 492-2079. Tickets at the door will cost $6. Children 3 and under will be admitted at no charge.

Adults and children alike are encouraged to attend in costume, as prizes will be awarded at the festival.

Youngsters will enjoy a variety of games, face painting, witch fingers, monster cookies, a haunted fish pond and other seasonal fare. Hot sandwiches and drinks, nonalcoholic Budderbeer and other enchanted eats will be available at the Witch’s Kitchen.

Attendees will enjoy the spook-tacular scenery and special displays in a medieval mode, including some weaponry and battle gear used during the Middle Ages; skull and orb mineral carvings; and apothecary items, the likes of which many youngsters may have seen or read about in the Harry Potter books and movies.

Vendors will sell delights of the season including miniature castles, herbs, fall decorations, jewelry and specialty food items to take home.

There will be a grand prize drawing for an Asian armoire, which will be on display with other items for drawings. The armoire is hand-carved wood with bamboo detail and is approximately 76 inches high and 26 inches deep. Game prizes for the youngsters will be given away throughout the night.

The Haunting will be held rain or shine. The Lost Land Corn Maze, with its zip line and other games and entertainments, will be open for business as usual since the two events will run simultaneously.

A portion of the Haunting proceeds will support college scholarships for Shelby County students. As a result of the group’s last fund raiser, expenses for three persons were paid for the Vets to Washington, D.C., annual trip.

For information, call 492-4928.

Staff report