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Monster Bash scares up funds for Fillmore Central band and choir


Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Education

The Fillmore Central band and choir are planning a June 2014 trip to Disney World. There they will enjoy such things as the whimsical Magic Kingdom, perhaps they will bump into the famed Mickey and Minnie and perform on the grounds among other things. But to get there, they first have to scare the living daylights out of Fillmore County residents and others who dare to step foot into the eerie creation residing inside the Harmony Community Center.

An absolutely elaborate fright, this activity is a must if you are a scare junkie, adrenaline junkie or plain old fashioned lover of Halloween tricks and spooks. Guided by husband and wife Lane and Jessie Powell, who both actively teach musical arts at Fillmore Central, I was given a lights-on tour of what is literally, what I feel will become known as one of the most talked about spooktaculars in Minnesota. Lights on, this reporter fell victim to shivers down her spine and absolute terror at the mere thought of what dark would bring. Lights off? I think I will wait for the readers to let me know how that goes for them.

The intricacy that Chairman Jay Masters of Harmony, Minn. brings to the table is unbelievable local talent that would compare to any commercial haunted house, perhaps even leaving it in the shadows. Together Jay and Lane have constructed nearly every piece used for the scaring you to the depths of your soul. Other props have been purchased through cash donations given by area businesses.

What started last Halloween has only grown this year; the space used is larger, the breath-taking pinnacles will leave you shaking, all new attractions to discover and I would bet that you will scream in ways that you have never thought were possible.

The project is staffed by Fillmore Central band and choir members and their families. The Powells explained that each student has an account set up and is credited for hours they work at each fundraising event. These credits are then used to help alleviate costs for their annual trip. Although the haunted house is only in its second year, it is by far the largest event the groups participate in. From setup to tear down with thrills and chills in between, students have the opportunity to alleviate the cost of their annual trip from the funds raised.

If you dare, the haunted house is open now through Halloween night. Located in the Harmony Community Center, admission is $8 per person. Bring a few extra bucks along if you wish for a treat afterwards or if you would like to purchase a t-shirt to prove you survived! Sunday – Thursday, admittance is allowed from 7 p.m.-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Halloween night will welcome you from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. For younger children, such as elementary aged, it is advised to arrive prior to 7:30 p.m. for a kinder ‘less scary’ experience.

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