ASHVILLE - As the sun sets on the Children's Safety Village this coming Halloween season, the pleasant and bustling, child-friendly atmosphere will quickly disappear, leaving in its place a quiet and unsettling stillness. As darkness falls, the Village turns into something that nightmares are made of.
The Chautauqua Children's Safety Education Village is hosting the second annual Town of Terror at 2695 Route 394 in Ashville (next to the Hewes Education Center-BOCES), Friday and Saturday nights, Oct. 11-26 from 8-11 p.m. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased for $8 at Tim Hortons locations in Lakewood, Jamestown and Falconer, Rudyz Pizza on Foote Ave. and the Children's Safety Village. Tickets are $10 at the gate. This event has been graciously sponsored by Tim Hortons, Rudyz Pizza, Cummins Engine, and Media One Group who believe in and support the programs offered by the Children's Safety Village.
This miniature village, normally a training grounds for safety education classes for children, has been overtaken by creatures of the night. Many teams are participating in this year's contest for the best decorated, most terrifying building. The public will vote at the end of their tour through the haunted village and the contest winners will receive $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for third place.
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Team members have been busy getting everything in place for their guests. Contestants include area businesses such as K-Mart, whose entire staff has been preparing for this contest. A trip to their local store will show you their dedication and enthusiasm. Staff are wearing T-shirts made especially to promote this event. More than 50 employees have signed up to help volunteer with the Safety Village.
Rudyz Pizza is not only a sponsor, but has also adopted a miniature building to decorate in the contest.
Other teams include family members and friends who have come together to create a horrifying experience for all who enter.
"It has been exciting to watch the Village unfold into a haunted playground where creatures are around every corner," said Terri Kindberg, Executive Director of the Children's Safety Village. "We can barely wait to have the community be part of the fun. This fundraiser will help us to continue offering hands-on safety classes for children in our community in the areas of Fire, Traffic and Bicycle Safety, as well as the new classes offered this year for First Aid, CPR and AED training. These classes are so important for the children and may one day, save their lives."
Z & M Ag and Turf has donated a brand new John Deere tractor and wagon for the Haunted Hayride and has combined efforts with Grandview Farms to decorate their miniature Z & M Ag & Turf building that is part of the Safety Village.
"This event was extremely successful last year," Kindberg said. "Even though it rained all six nights, we still had hundreds of people turn out for this fundraiser. We have been so fortunate to receive such support from a caring community. Although we have awakened a sleeping giant and now have private individuals offering similar events, we are confident that we have the support of our community including families, friends, fire departments, law enforcement and school systems, businesses and organizations, all who have given us great support over the years. We look forward to making Town of Terror an annual event that people look forward to and know they are helping the children in our community."
This event takes over 75 volunteers each night to fill in all the roles to make it possible. Our volunteers include members of the RSVP and Foster Grandparents programs, volunteers from the Cassadaga Job Corp. students and faculty from JCC, organizations such as the Kiwanis Club, Rotary, Lions Club, the American Legions, and members of the Club Associates. In additions, students from several area high schools are volunteering, not only to assist the Safety Village, but are receiving community service hours, as well.
To volunteer to be part of this event, contact Kindberg at 499-8138 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All proceeds benefit the Children's Safety Village, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children in the community.