Ghastly ghouls, murder trials and legendary ghosts … Yes, it’s that time of year again. The Fayetteville Dogwood Festival is kicking off its annual fundraiser, Historic Hauntings: A Ghastly Ghost Tour. Tour dates for this year’s historic hay ride will be Oct. 16, 17, 18 and 23, 24 and 25. Tractors will depart at 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on all six nights.
    Board the hay ride at Liberty Point — 145 Person St., and prepare to explore downtown Fayetteville’s eerie past. {mosimage}The hour-long tour features ghostly reenactors and storytellers highlighting the history of Fayetteville and the spooky legends of our past. This year’s hay ride includes stops at many of Fayetteville’s historic sites, including the Transportation Museum, the Market House and Cross Creek Cemetery. After the winding tour through downtown Fayetteville, you will return to the boarding site for the finale, which takes place in Fayetteville’s oldest commercial building, Liberty Point.  This hay ride is safe and exciting for passengers of all ages.
    Tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance. Tickets will be on sale during 4th Friday and at the International Folk Festival for a reduced rate of $13 — just look for our booth at both events.

Hallows Eve Cemetery Walk
    This year will also feature a onetime Cemetery Walk through Cross Creek Cemetery on Thursday, Oct. 30.  City Historian Bruce Daws will take those who are interested in learning more about the people and events that have happened in the cemetery on an hour-long walking tour. Tickets for this event are sold separately by calling the Dogwood Festival office at 323-1934 and specifying the Hallows Eve Cemetery Walk. Tickets for this event are $10 and walking tours begin at 7 p.m., with the last tour at 9 p.m. All proceeds for this particular event go to the restoration of Cross Creek Cemetery.    
    The Fayetteville Dogwood Festival is a community organization committed to providing a variety of family-centered activities held downtown and around town. This is done to entertain, promote new business, enhance a positive community image, attract visitors, share cultural and recreational opportunities of our community, encourage unity through the celebration of our diversity, promote the education of our rich history and foster civic pride.
    For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Zack May at 323-1934 or visit the Web site: www.faydogwoodfestival.com.
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