Spooky, yet entertaining weekend ahead in HuntingburgOctober 9, 2018
By CANDY NEAL
HUNTINGBURG — It will be a monster mash of the scary and the entertaining this weekend in Huntingburg, with something for those who like to be scared and those who don’t.
The Haunted Huntingburg Blues Festival will be held Friday and Saturday.
“There will be a lot going on,” said Sarah Flamion, director of Destination Huntingburg and a member of its Haunted Huntingburg subcommittee.
The event will start Friday night with “Monsters, Madness, & Mayhem,” a haunted trail that will run through Niehaus Park.
“It is definitely supposed to be scary,” Flamion said. “So those 12 and under, not recommended.”
Barry Kline, who is known locally for building scary Halloween attractions at his home, is helping with the trail.
The haunted trail will be open from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Organizers recommend that people park at Salem United Church of Christ and take a shuttle to the park. Tickets for the trail are $10 per person, and can be purchased online or at the church’s parking lot.
“This is an outside haunted house, if you will,” Flamion said. “We figure we’d give this a try, in hopes that it goes over well. We figured, why do people need to drive an hour to Evansville or Louisville, or French Lick, when we could have a scary area here?”
On Saturday, the blues festival will start at 11 a.m. in downtown’s Market Street Park, the city’s newest park that will be dedicated Friday. The headliner for the festival will be national recording artist Boscoe France; he will perform from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
“The other acts are definitely known regionally,” Flamion said. Those include Birdland Blues, Eddie Rasche, Hog Maw and Amazing Soul Crackers.
Food and artisan vendors will be on hand and a zombie-free kids zone sponsored by Best Home Furnishings will be set up, as well as booths for face painting, henna tattoos and a pumpkin activity. There will also be sampling booths, featuring bourbon, spirits, wine and craft beer.
The cost to enter the festival is $5 per person or $10 per family; children 6 and younger are free. Those wanting to sample the alcohol will pay an additional $5 fee and must be age 21 or older.
A VIP lounge sponsored by OFS Brands will be available for those interested in viewing the performances from comfy seats on Old Town Hall’s balcony. Tickets for the lounge are $35 per person in advance and $40 the day of the event. The VIP lounge includes two specialty cocktails, a shot glass, hors d’oeuvres and access to a specialty cash bar. The number of VIP tickets is limited, Flamion said.
The festival will end with an outdoor showing of the movie “Coco” at 8 p.m. from the festival stage.
During the weekend, Fourth Street stores will have special events, including trick-or-treating from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday and the culmination of the Crawl-o-ween, which is a hunt for a scarecrow that is currently hidden in the stores. Those who find it and spend a total of $50 or more at participating stores will be entered into a special drawing for prizes valued at at least $100 each. Two winners will be drawn from those eligible and announced at the festival at 5 p.m. Saturday.
The Huntingburg Public Library is hosting a storybook walk, “At the Old Haunted House,” along Fourth Street during the weekend festival. The Teen Outback will also have a free, family costume party at the center Saturday night, along with hayrides through Huntingburg City Park.
Visit www.hauntedhuntingburg.com for tickets and more information about the Haunted Huntingburg Blues Festival.
Haunted Huntingburg Blues Festival schedule
Crawl-o-ween and Fall Harvest Days at Fourth Street stores; Huntingburg Public Library’s “At the Old Haunted House” storybook walk along Fourth Street
7:30 to 10:30 p.m. “Monsters, Madness, & Mayhem,” haunted trail at Niehaus Park; parking and a shuttle available at Salem United Church of Christ; must be in line by 10 p.m. or at the parking lot by 9:50 p.m.; mature audiences recommended.
11 a.m. Blues festival vendors and booths open; Birdland Blues performs; pumpkin painting at the Art Factory, lasting for the duration of the festival
12:30 p.m. Eddie Rasche performs
2 p.m. Hog Maw performs
3:30 p.m. Amazing Soul Crackers performs
5 p.m. Crawl-o-ween winners announced
5:30 p.m. Boscoe France performs
7 p.m. Teen Outback’s free family costume party at the center, and hayride through the City Park
8 p.m. Movie “Coco” shown on a large screen on the festival stage
* Events will take place at Market Street Park, unless otherwise noted.
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