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Sanbornton farm fights cancer with fright

The Nelson family — 10-year-old Olivia, eight-year-old Jenny, baby Annabell, and parents Doug and Becky — had a lot of fun as they wound their way through the corn maze at Heritage Farm’s Fright Night in Sanbornton last Saturday. The maze will be open again this Friday and Saturday for Fright Night from 6-10 p.m. (Donna Rhodes) (click for larger version)
October 26, 2011
SANBORNTON — Heritage Farm on Parker Hill Road in Sanbornton is once again home to all the howls and growls and things that go bump in the night at their annual Fright Night.

This year, however, the event, which is geared for both young and old alike, will help raise money for the Thurber Cancer Fund to assist a local woman in her fight with cancer.

"All the money we make will go to her this year to offset the expenses," said farm owner Matt Swain.

Not only is the cause worthy, but so is the adventure. Little ones are welcome to come early and enjoy the petting farm's young cow, sheep, horses, goats, bunnies and other friendly creatures before heading out through the giant corn maze created by the Swains and their team of volunteers. Entrance to the maze is through the Tunnel of Terror, which is toned down in the first half-hour of the evening so as not to frighten the children.

From there, the kiddies and their parents are loaded up into the new hay wagon for what is, again, a mellower tour of the haunted forest surrounding the farm.

"If someone comes up and you're afraid, just place your hand in front of your face and say 'Go Away,' and they will," children were advised.

For the parents, however, there was another ominous caution about sticking arms or legs outside the wagon as it rumbled through the wooded paths.

"If you lose a limb, we're not going back. It will be used as a prop," warned the wagon hostess with an evil grin. "We'll do a head count when you come back and, again, if anyone is missing, they, too, will be a prop. We'll probably search for them when the night is done."

After the younger children have their fun, though, the frights get serious for the older visitors to Fright Night. While it's no fun to reveal what awaits on the hayride, let it just be known to watch out for characters like Leroy, who lives out there alone and doesn't like visitors to his secluded abode.

Back at the farm, a warm bonfire burns outside, and there is cider and doughnuts for sale. Pumpkins from Heritage Farm are also available for purchase, along with fresh maple syrup, goat's milk soaps and other gifts. And as an extra special treat to end the evening, there are fireworks that light up the autumn night sky.

"One of our volunteers decided to get a pyrotechnic license, and having fireworks just adds to the whole thing now," said Heritage Farm Pancake House manager Samantha Newman.

Heritage Farm's Fright Night runs Friday and Saturday this weekend from 6-6:30 p.m. for youngsters. General Admission begins at 6:30, and runs until 10 p.m. Admission is $10 per person, which will be donated to the Thurber Fund.

Heritage Farm is located on Parker Hill, off Hunkins Pond Road in Sanbornton. For a map and more information, visit www.heritagefarm.net.

Martin Lord Osman
Salmon Press
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