Second Annual Town Of Terror Begins Friday At Safety Village

ASHVILLE – The Chautauqua Children’s Safety Education Village is hosting the second annual Town of Terror at 2695 Route 394 in Ashville, next to the Hewes Education Center-BOCES. It will be held Friday and Saturday nights, Oct. 11-26, from 8-11 p.m.

Pre-sale tickets can be purchased for $8 at Tim Hortons locations in Lakewood, Jamestown and Falconer, Rudyz Pizza on Foote Avenue and the Children’s Safety Village. Tickets are $10 at the gate. This event has been sponsored by Tim Hortons, Rudyz Pizza, Cummins Engine and Media One Group.

This miniature village, normally a training grounds for safety education classes for children, has been overtaken by creatures of the night. Many teams are participating in this year’s contest for the best decorated, most terrifying building. The public will vote at the end of their tour through the haunted village, and the contest winners will receive $1,000 for first place, $500 for second and $250 for third.

Team members have been busy getting everything in place for their guests. Contestants include area businesses such as Kmart, whose entire staff have been preparing for this contest.

Rudyz Pizza has adopted a miniature building to decorate in the contest.

Other teams include family members and friends who have come together to create a horrifying experience for all who enter.

“It has been exciting to watch the village unfold into a haunted playground where creatures are around every corner,” said Terri Kindberg, executive director of the Children’s Safety Village. “We can barely wait to have the community be part of the fun. This fundraiser will help us to continue offering hands-on safety classes for children in our community in the areas of fire, traffic and bicycle safety, as well as the new classes offered this year for first aid, CPR and AED training. These classes are so important for the children and may one day, save their lives.”

Z & M Ag and Turf has donated a brand new John Deere tractor and wagon for the haunted hayride and has combined efforts with Grandview Farms to decorate their miniature Z & M Ag & Turf building that is part of the Safety Village.

“This event was extremely successful last year,” said Kindberg. “Even though it rained all six nights, we still had hundreds of people turn out for this fundraiser. We have been so fortunate to receive such support from a caring community. Although we have awakened a sleeping giant and now have private individuals offering similar events, we are confident that we have the support of our community including families, friends, fire departments, law enforcement and school systems, businesses and organizations, all who have given us great support over the years. We look forward to making Town of Terror an annual event that people look forward to and know they are helping the children in our community.”

This event takes more than 75 volunteers each night to fill in all the roles to make it possible. Volunteers include members of the RSVP and Foster Grandparents programs, volunteers from the Cassadaga Job Corp., students and faculty from JCC, organizations such as the Kiwanis Club, Rotary, Lions Club, the American Legions, and members of the Club Associates.

In addition, students from several area high schools are volunteering, not only to assist the Safety Village, but are receiving community service hours, as well.

To volunteer to be part of this event, contact Terri Kindberg at 499-8138 or tkindberg@hotmail.com.

All proceeds benefit the Children’s Safety Village, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children in our community.

The Chautauqua Children’s Safety Education Village is located in Ashville. It is a nonprofit organization which was formed in 1996. The DFT Communications Educational Facility, where classes are held, is surrounded by a child-sized village, complete with a business district, paved roads, street signs, sidewalks and everything you would find in an actual village. The purpose of the Safety Village is to educate children, primarily in the areas of traffic, bike and fire safety. The Safety Village is sustained through fundraising efforts, grants and donations. All donations are tax-deductible.

For more information or to make a donation, contact: Terri Kindberg, executive director, at 499-8138 or tkindberg@hotmail.com.