PROSPECT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- With Halloween just around the corner the folks at Friends of Fort Knox are gearing up for another year of Fright At The Fort. This year's visitors can plan on being welcomed by the living dead.
This will make the 13th year that the event has been held at Fort Knox and this years theme is Zombie Apocalypse. Several props and gimmicks have been set up at the fort through out the week to prepare for opening night this Friday. Executive Director for Friends of Fort Knox, Leon Seymour, has been organizing the event since it first started 13 years ago. According to him the location at the fort mixed with his creative spin is just the right recipe for a good scare. "The setting itself just lends itself to a sort of gothic horror theme," says Seymour. "You couldn't ask for a better location."
Last year 9,000 brave visitors traveled to Prospect for Fright, and this year Seymour expects to reach that number again if not top it. "I think people coming to Fright this year will experience a significant upgrade to the production," says Seymour. One of those upgrades is a single prop that was brought in from California on a flatbed truck.
In addition to Fright At the Fort, across the bay the Bucksport Chamber of Commerce is also preparing for a halloween event this weekend. The fourth annual Ghostport will kick off this Saturday October 20th and run until Sunday October 21st. According to the Executive Director of the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, Leslie Wombacher, Ghostport will be a less frightening alternative full of family fun activities. "It's really just about the community and having something fun to do that's not just in season," says Wombacher.
Originally organizers had planned Ghostport just for Saturday, but because of rain that is expected then they split the schedule into two days. If you want to find out what those changes are you can go to www.ghostportme.com to see the full schedule of events.
Fright At The Fort will take place during two consecutive weekends. Friday October 19th and Saturday October 20th, as well as Friday October 26th and Saturday October 27th. The event will start each day at 5:30pm and end at 9:00pm. Tickets for Fright are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under, but organizers don't recommend it for young children.