Jackson’s Gap VFD gears up for haunted woods fundraiserPublished 10:59am Friday, September 6, 2013
October is a few weeks away, but volunteers with the Jackson’s Gap Volunteer Fire Department are getting the word out about their fright-filled fundraiser.
Troy Cruz said Haunted Woods 2013 will be “the biggest and best” in the event’s three-year history.
“It is at least two times bigger than it was last year,” Cruz said. “It is our main fundraiser for the fire department.”
The haunted woods will open for its first run Oct. 4 and 5. It will be open every Friday and Saturday night throughout October, and will be open every night the last week of October. Gates open at 7:30 p.m.
Cruz said the fundraiser will help the department pay for expenses ranging from fuel for their trucks and the light bill for the fire house.
Also, Cruz said funds would go toward purchasing new breathing apparatuses for the department’s trucks.
“This year we received a grant – bless the Lord – but we have a $6,800 match we have to pay to receive the grant,” Cruz said.
Admission is $5 for children 12 and under and $8 for adults.
Cruz said that patrons should bring a comfortable pair of shoes and be prepared to walk through the wooded trails. The woods will also be sprinkled with haunted buildings and Leatherface, a fictional character from Texas Chainsaw Massacre, will be lurking in its dark depths.
“Leatherface is in it every year,” Cruz said. “Last year, he even chased people out to their car with a chainsaw.”
Cruz said citizens can find the woods by driving toward Camp ASCCA on Camp ASCCA Drive. The entrance will be lit up and clearly marked.
Come prepared to be scared. Cruz said flashlights are prohibited.
“I would encourage everyone to come out and help support us,” Cruz said. “We need all the help we can get.”