MARQUETTE - The third annual Haunted Hay Ride Oct. 19-20 was a huge and scary success.
The event is held annually at the Marquette County "Scaregrounds" in Sands Township and is a fundraiser for any local youth or non-profit organizations.
The event is hosted by The Marquette County Horse Club with Andi Goriesky as the coordinator and Craig McGrain as the scene director and is a way for area groups to raise money for their organization while providing a fun, fall activity for the community during the Halloween season.
The Posse 4-H Club from Marquette was recently presented with its earnings from the Haunted Hay Ride. From the left: Craig McGrain, HHR scene director; Cathy Waller, 4-H mom,;Andi Goriesky, HHR Coordinator; Alli Goriesky; Rilee Waller; Emily Bertucci; Jill Churchill, Posee 4-H leader; Cathy Yates, 4-H parent; and James Goriesky, 4-H parent. (Submitted photo)
This year, 14 groups earned $1,200 each and the Venture Crew No. 356 from Skandia won the $100 award for the favorite scene.
Groups this year included The Posee 4-H club, Evergreen Acres 4-H, Gwinn Senior Class, NMU Dance team, Red Bulls Soccer team, Lake Superior Youth Theatre, Lutheran Social Services, Pipers Rescue Ranch and UPAWS, Gwinn Junior Class, North Star Academy, Champion Trailblazers and the U.P. Whitetails.
The Great Lakes Rodeo provided the concession stand.
And organizers issued a special thank you to Frei Chevrolet, Michigan Sales and Equipment, Rio Tino, Classic Auto, VAST, Animal Medical Center, ICFCU, Jamieson Orthodontics, B & G Plumbing and Larry Larson Financial.