Haunted Sawmill begins 2019 with behind the scenes tour
On Wednesday night, Sept. 18, the Friends of Vincent Foundation Inc. hosted a behind the scenes tour of the Haunted Sawmill for a group of foreign exchange students and their host families. The tour gave a behind the scenes look at the 2019 Haunted Sawmill which will feature many new scares, including the introduction of Haunt Town, as well as giving some foreign exchange students a chance to go through their first haunted house.
The Friends of Vincent Foundation Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help youth and youth groups in Merrill and the surrounding communities. The Friends of Vincent Foundation operates the Haunted Sawmill as an annual fund-raiser to promote youth activities, high school scholarships, youth groups and youth programs. According to Jerry Hersil, Chair of the Haunted Sawmill Committee and President of the Board of Directors for the Friends of Vincent Foundation, the tour was very good opportunity for everyone involved.
“We were asked by one of the people that helped start the Haunted Sawmill, Kathy Palazzo, if a group of exchange students could come through the haunt as many of them had never been to a haunted house before,” said Hersil. “Kathy contacted us and unfortunately all of the exchange students were going to be gone by the time we actually opened, so we decided that it would be a great opportunity for us to get our actors in costume and try out everything that we have been working on all season. It was very beneficial for everyone.”
“The Haunted Sawmill is going to be all new,” Hersil explains. “We have completely redesigned the haunt from start to finish. If you have been to the Haunted Sawmill before you will not recognize what we have going on inside. We have doubled the space of the haunt itself, created an all new concession area, and tripled the scares. We have built all new rooms and we are really excited about Haunt Town, which is a walk through an old 1840’s frontier type of town, like perhaps the Town of Jenny would have looked like.”
The Haunted Sawmill will be dishing out scares starting on Friday, Oct.. 4, at 6 p.m. This year the Haunted Sawmill will be open every weekend in October and for more information about show times and ticket prices visit the Haunted Sawmill website at hauntedsawmill.org
“The Haunted Sawmill prides itself on being one of the scariest haunts in Wisconsin,” added Hersil. “To help benefit a great cause, people can come and have a very scary evening this October. We aim to entertain our guests from the time they enter the yard all the way through until they exit the haunt. Everyone that helps out with the Haunted Sawmill is a volunteer and it is a labor of love for all of us. We think that people really appreciate all the time, creativity and energy that each and every one of our volunteers brings to the Haunted Sawmill. It truly is a group project and the end result shows all of the thousands of hours and passion that people put into it.”