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'Haunted Hayride' returns to Southern Belle Farm

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

A popular Halloween tradition will make its return to a local venue tonight, featuring a group of performers from an area high school.

Southern Belle Farm in McDonough will host its "Haunted Hayride" from dusk until 11 p.m. The hayride is one of several components of the farm's fall season, along with its seven-acre, Corn Maze, pumpkin patch, and children's activities.

Ansley Glenn, marketing director for the farm, said in a written statement on Friday, that the hayride was brought back "by popular demand," after being absent from the farm's fall events in 2008.

"The farm did not have a haunted attraction last year, and caught grief from locals and regular farm visitors," wrote Glenn. "So, for them, the Haunted Hayride is back."

Glenn said a "different twist" was added to the hayride this year, when Southern Belle Farm partnered with the Union Grove High School's drama department

"These students are the star actors in the Haunted Hayride," she wrote. "The students have put a lot of hard work, time and effort into organizing and rehearsing this haunted attraction."

According to Glenn, the ride includes "an original, creepy story," which will be narrated throughout the ride to entertain participants.

The hayride will be offered again on Oct. 31. The cost for admission to the event is $10, with a portion of the proceeds going to the drama department at Union Grove High School.

Southern Belle Farm is open on Saturdays and Sundays, through Nov. 1. Hours are from 10 a.m., to 10 p.m.,s on Saturdays, and Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m. For more details, call (770) 898-0999, or visit www.SouthernBelleFarm.com.