Yule Forest is hosting Fear the Woods haunted house, a haunted hayride and trail along with seven new attractions including Zombie Paintball Hayride with 24 gun zombie eliminator. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)
McDONOUGH — From theater to haunted forests to a chili cook-off the next few weeks feature numerous fall events throughout Henry County.
Events beginning this weekend include:
Tapas: 9 Short Plays about Rebirth and Renewal
“Tapas” features an evening of short plays about rebirth and renewal Oct. 11 to 13 at 3 and 8 p.m. at the Stockbridge Community Arts Center. Plays include Waystation, Piedmont Park, Farm Girl, Chasing Satan, Juke Box Hero, Butterfly Dilemma, Birds of a Feather, A Return to Silver Hill and Saved on the Day of Atonemen. This show has some strong language, and tickets are $12 online or $15 at the door.
The Haunted Hill House of Horror
Hampton’s Haunted Hill House of Horror continues Saturday and every weekend in October from dusk until 11:30 p.m. for a cost of $10 per person.The Haunted house is a PG-13 theatrical production with more than 40 actors and volunteers. There are 13 rooms and five halls, and is said to be very scary in areas. There will also be a Zombie Scholarship award of $1,500 to seniors in Henry County graduating in 2014.
Fear the Woods
If you are brave enough, come out after hours and discover why neighbors complain about unexplained or strange occurrences that happen on the farm with Fear the Woods Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. until midnight. It’s never safe to go out alone, and the farmer knows better than to work after the sun goes down. At Yule Forest enjoy the Haunted House, Haunted Hayride and Trail along with seven new attractions including Zombie Paintball Hayride with 24 gun zombie eliminator.
4-H Fundays will be held on Oct. 10 and 11 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Cooperative Extension Office at Heritage Park, for students in grades six through eight. Students will learn about farming, food and funds and have an opportunity to visit the Fortson 4-H Center in Hampton where they will be able to feed small farm animals, complete a service activity, learn about My Plate guidelines from USDA, spend time in the kitchen making healthy snacks and more. Tickets are $25. For more information or to register, contact Laura Garrett at the Extension Office at 770-288-8421 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Pumpkin Patch at
Choose your own pumpkin right off the vine this month Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on the weekends. Yule Forest promotes agriculture for all ages in the community in a fun and educational way. They also have train rides, pony rides and hopa-long horse races available on the weekends. Enjoy the Pumpkin Jumping Pillow. Take a ride on the hayride and visit the petting zoo. Test your aim on a Paintball Hayride. Enjoy the Crazy Maze and the Wacky World Jungle Inflatable and see the science center, which includes bugs and butterflies, rocks and minerals, bones, fossils and a large live reptile exhibit. Visit www.AboutYule.com or email email@example.com or call 770-954-9356.
Father-Son Campout at Nash Farm
Join the first community wide Father-Son Campout at Nash Farm Oct. 18 to 19 at 5 p.m at Nash Farm. It will be a night of adventure for fathers and their school-aged sons. The night will be filled with exciting games, relay races, giveaways and activities that will create lasting memories and allow fathers and sons to bond. They will also host Winshape Camps, Radio Disney, the Home Depot Kid’s Workshop and the Henry Players. A reservation for this event is required. You may call or visit Eagles Landing Chick-fil-A at 770-507-4119 to reserve your campsite for $25 per person.
McDonough Main Street Chili Cook-Off
The McDonough Main Street program invites everyone to pick up their best ladle, grab their favorite cooking pot and come compete in the 2013 Chili Cook-Off from noon until 6 p.m. Oct. 19 on the Historic Square. Area chili chefs and teams will gather for the chance to show off their cooking skills, win a cash prize of up to $300 and gain “braggin’ rights” for having the best chili in town. In addition, a $100 prize for the Best Booth Design will be given to the chef that best interprets the event’s wildest theme through booth décor and overall chili presentation. The cook off will also coincide with the 2013 McDonough Main Street Fall Festival, featuring vendors, live music, a children’s activity Area and the winners of the Downtown Scarecrow Showcase and Contest.
Georgia State Fair
The Georgia State Fair heads to Atlanta Motor Speedway from Oct. 25 through Nov. 3. The Georgia State Fair will feature more rides, more attractions and more free shows. Georgia’s true “Peach of a Fair” boasts a world-class midway filled with rides for all ages, located at Georgia’s largest event facility. World-class thrill shows, concerts by nationally-known acts and family entertainment make this fair a hit for thousands of families all over the state, and it’s all included in one low admission price. For more information, visit www.georgiastatefair.org.
The Undead Dash
The “undead” have walked these streets before you in films like “Zombieland” and the hit AMC television show “The Walking Dead.” In a nod to these productions, the 2nd Annual Undead Dash will take place Oct. 26 at 5 p.m. just a few miles from where zombies roamed during filming. Regardless of whether you are a serious runner or just a zombie enthusiast, the Undead Dash promises to be a killer time for all. Runners will run the gauntlet of zombie infested streets in Downtown Hampton where they will be splattered with “blood” as the assembled zombie horde “attacks” from a safe distance. Runners are encouraged to wear light colored shirts and wear the sustained zombie carnage like a badge of honor. For those whose idea of exercise is an “undead” like stagger, register as a Zombie, come dressed in your best zombie attire and receive a non-traditional make-over from The Henry Players. This will be a 5K route winding around Hampton. For more information or to register visit www.getsetgrow.com.
The Great Pumpkin Haunted Hampton Festival and Chili Cook Off
The Hampton Main Street program will host The Great Pumpkin Haunted Hampton Festival from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Oct. 26 and its annual Chili Cook-off from 2 until 4 p.m. There is a $10 entry fee for chili cooks and there will be cash prizes of $100, $50 and $25 to the winners selected by a panel of judges. The winning chili will have its name on a trophy in the Depot Museum. All others will receive a ribbon. There will also be several cake walks at 50 cents each, but for $1, people can get ten tasting tickets, a spoon and “favorite” ticket. Register on the city of Hampton’s website. There will be a kids’ area, a storyteller, vendors with foods, arts, crafts and lots of entertainment for the Great Pumpkin Haunted Festival. People are encouraged to wear a costume, dress like a zombie and just get involved in the community.
Western Festival and Chili Cook Off
The Henry County Republican Party will be hosting Western Festival and Chili Cook Off Oct. 26 at 11 a.m. There will be a chance to sample and vote for your favorite chili, a re-created western town called Henry Junction, kids games, performers, square dancers, bands, DJ western music, raffles and silent auction, political leaders, food and craft vendors. Tickets are $6 per person and includes a barbecue sandwich, chips and brownie. Children 5 and under free for admission only.
Brewgaloo Beer Festival by Haven House
The Inaugural Brewgaloo Beer Tasting in McDonough will take place Oct. 26 form 2 until 6 p.m. at the Jason T. Harper Event Center in Heritage Park featuring 100 craft breweries with more than 150 beers to sample. Get your tickets before they’re gone and join us for McDonough’s newest beer festival tradition raising funds and awareness for the Haven House. Haven House is a domestic violence shelter, serving victims of family violence in Henry, Jasper, Butts and Lamar Counties. Visit www.brewgaloobeerfest.com for more information.
Henry Has Talent
Henry County Performing Arts Center will hold auditions for the fourth annual Henry Has Talent competition Oct. 28 at 3 p.m. All participants must submit an application prior to the audition with a registration fee of $25 for individuals and $35 for groups. The Deadline is Oct. 21. Contestants of all ages, talents and skill levels will compete for cash prizes Nov. 4 at 3 p.m. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Ferst Foundation of Henry County, a nonprofit group that provides free books to preschool children in Henry County.