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"Haunted Hayride" Set to Open Oct. 28

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Bay County will hold its second annual Haunted Hay Ride on Oct. 28 and 29 at H.G. Harder's Park, located at 8110 John Pitts Rd., Panama City.

Bay County residents are invited to attend what is certain to be a frightful, fun-filled, family-oriented event at a bargain price. Adults may enter for $5, children 13 to seven years old may enter for $3 and children six and under enter at no charge. The fun begins at dusk and ticket sales end at 10 p.m. both nights. Last year, some 5,000 visitors braved the county's spooky setup, raising around $10,000 for charity, and the county hopes to eclipse its charitable donation to this year's employee-selected causes – Relay for Life, Covenant Hospice and St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

The trail winds through about a mile of the park's wooded walking track and features dozens of haunted sites along the way, manned by volunteer county employees and their families.

For the younger children – or the faint of heart – on Oct. 29 visit the Pumpkin Patch, a free, fun alternative to trick or treating with games, candy, and various demonstrations. A costume contest will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Pumpkin Patch, with prizes for both the cutest and scariest entrants in four age groups: two and under, ages three to five, six to seven and eight to 10 years old.

Please come out and enjoy this year's Haunted Hay Ride and support a worthy cause. For more information, visit www.baycountyfl.gov.

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Information provided by the Bay County Chamber of Commerce