ST. CLAIRSVILLE Three years ago, the board members of the Belmont County Agricultural Society decided that the new fairgrounds on Roscoe Road needed more use than just the week of the county fair.
Scare at the Fair was born.
The first year of the event in 2010 was slung together late, didn't receive much publicity prior to and so not that many people attended.
Still, the fair board new that it had a winner and stuck with it for 2011. Attendance and the reception was much better.
So beginning Friday Oct. 12, the third edition of Scare of the Fair is set to kick off at 7:30 p.m.
"That first year was a little slow because a lot of people didn't know we were out there," explained Jerry Campbell, the president of the Belmont County Agricultural Society and lead organizer for Scare at the Fair. "The second year, we knew what we were doing and it got a little bigger."
The event runs from Oct. 12-13 and 19-20 from 7:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. each night.
The cost for admittance is $5 per person.
Scare at the Fair takes advantage of multiple show and animal barns on the grounds in order to set up different locations, sure to appease everyone from the little youngster up through adults.
The main show barn is being set up strictly for younger children.
"It's not nearly as dark," Campbell said. "They will have their own small maze made out of hay and straw.
"There will be different activities for them to do face painting, pumpkin decorating all sorts of things for the younger kids to do that don't want to go through the main haunted house."
Whomever is willing to brave the remaining three barns will receive a far scarier experience.
One building is a dedicated maze, much darker and more scary than the hay maze set up for the little ones.
Another will consist of a cemetery and funeral scene and Campbell admitted there are quite a few more surprises in store along the way.
"There are different themes set up in the other barns, with one being nothing but a maze," he said. "There is also a hayride afterward."
Campbell noted there will be concession stands available serving food and drink. Hot chocolate, coffee, cookies and other Halloween and fall-related items will also be available.
Fair board members, along with family and friends will be manning the stands along with dressing up to provide frights along the path and inside the four buildings.
Campbell said volunteers are always neeeded so if anyone is wishing to help out this year or next, to contact a member of the fair board. Members' contact information is provided at www.belmontcountyfair.org/contact-us/.
For more information, check out Scare at the Fair and the Belmont County Fair via their respective Facebook pages.
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