Bay County Haunted Hayride Kicks Off 8th Annual Year

BAY COUNTY, Fla. - The Bay County Hayride at Harder's Park is running this weekend for its eighth annual year, and it's said to be better than ever.

Derick Thomas, the Parks and Recreation Division manager said this year is going to be a little different than the past years, since they have added new scary features and technology.

"There's some new themes, there's some new -- and without getting into too many details to give stuff away --  there's some new action, I guess you could say. Some new things that we installed to add to the environment of the ride," he said.

County employees volunteer to work on the annual hayride, and they started working the First of October.

"We got several different departments within the county that come together to volunteer their time to make it happen, and a lot of volunteers within the community, just your regular citizens come out to get the sites put together," Thomas said.

With dozens of attractions throughout the hayride, Thomas said it's an event for the entire family.

"It's all about the element of surprise and just being together with your family, and it's just a good family outing that you can come and enjoy," he said.

The hayride will be Friday (10/20) and Saturday (10/21) nights, and tickets cost five dollars.

The money received will be donated to local charities.

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