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Friday’s Frontier Days fundraiser a real fright

Downtown haunted house continues FD tradition

October 5, 2012
By BRANDON L. SUMMERS, , Messenger News

It's a fundraiser for Frontier Days 2013, and it's a scream.

Kerk Friday, Frontier Days Committee chairman, is constructing a haunted house at 917 Central Ave. as a fundraiser for the annual Fort Dodge event.

Friday promises it will be a house of many horrors.

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-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen
Kerk Friday, aka the Cordless Drill Killer Clown, is working to construct the Freak Show 2 Haunted House at 917 Central Ave. in downtown Fort Dodge. Proceeds from the event benefit the annual Frontier Days. The haunted house will be open Oct. 12 to 14, Oct. 19 to 21 and Oct. 26 to 28. Hours are 6 to 10 p.m. There is also a Sunday matinee for children under 12 from 3 to 5 p.m.

"You come into the first room here and you're going to have a projector screen, with a big image of a face and a ghoulish voice talking you," he said.

Ushers then escort the guests into the basement, Friday said.

"You'll go through about a 700-foot maze with different rooms and scares and little things popping out all over the place," he said.

And when it's done with you, the haunted house spits you out, figuratively.

"You end up in the back alley, out by the park out there," Friday said.

While a unique idea for a fundraiser, building a haunted house is old hat for Friday.

"I built a haunted house once before in a basement, as a fundraiser for another group," he said. "It's something different."

The haunted house also continues a Fort Dodge Halloween custom.

"We don't have one in Fort Dodge anymore," he said. "Nobody else has one. I'm just kind of picking up the tradition, you can say."

All funds from the fundraiser benefit the 2013 Frontier Days event, Friday said.

"We're planning already for 2013," he said. "A lot of stuff you see here, the lights and stuff, kind of matches with our theme that we're going to have this year, that soon we will release to everybody. We can just kind of tease them with it, I guess."

He added, "It's a fundraiser so we can have bigger and better things out at Frontier Days."

In the meantime, building the haunted house has "been a blast," Friday said.

"It's actually the best part," he said. "A lot of the same people that help with Frontier Days are here helping out every night, committee members and friends, and they just enjoy it. It's a good time. It's been a lot of late nights."

The haunted house, located across from Trolley Center in downtown Fort Dodge, opens Oct. 12, Friday said, and will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 28, from 6 to 10 p.m.

"A $5 donation gets people in," he said. "Bring kids, family, all ages."

A "toned down" matinee version will be made free to children ages 12 and under on Saturdays from 3 to 5 p.m., Friday said.

"It'll be more lit up, less scary."



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