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Volunteers Are Slim But Hayride Is A Go
Parks and Rec officials are looking for groups to decorate and display scarecrows for the annual Haunted Hayride, coming up later this month at Jacob Myers Park. Virginia Still/The News

Although the volunteers are way down for the Haunted Hayride, the City of Riverbank’s Parks and Recreation Department has announced that the show must go on. The annual tradition of the Haunted Hayride will continue as it has for several years at Jacob Myers Park in Riverbank. The two night event will be held on Friday, Oct. 25 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 26 from 7 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

Volunteer groups set up a scare site at the park for two nights of chills and thrills. Trailers are loaded with guests that travel through the park experiencing the ‘haunted’ sites. For the past several years, groups have been very creative with their sites and costumes filled with characters from Stranger Things, crazy clowns, ghouls, ghosts, goblins, werewolves and zombies. Volunteers are still needed to make this event a true success as it has been in years past.

For the second year the Recreation Department will bring back the Scarecrow Decorating Contest. The contest is open to businesses and non-profits that want to participate. Cool Hand Lukes, the Women’s Club, and the Historical Society will be participating this year so far. The scarecrow can be scary, funny, or whatever unique creation the group comes up with. There is no cost to enter the contest but groups will need to provide their own materials and once completed they will be displayed during the two night event. Guests that attend the hayride will get a ticket to vote for their favorite scarecrow entry. The tickets will be counted and the winner will be announced after the hayride. There is a registration form that must be filled out to participate in the scarecrow contest.

On Friday night there will be face painting and iHeart radio is slated to play music for guests as part of the festivities.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children (4-12) and free for the brave little ones under 4.

For more information or questions call Julia Petit at 209-863-7149 or email or stop by the office at 6707 Third St., Riverbank.