Locals get a scare at fright night
ABOUT 700-800 locals got a good scare at the Warwick Showgrounds for the inaugural Friday the 13th Night of Horrors.
Organiser Jeff Clark from Video Ezy said the support from the town was excellent.
"I'm pretty sure that most people enjoyed themselves. We had a few hiccups unfortunately but as long as people didn't notice and had a good time," he said.
"There were a few issues, a few of the rides were late to the venue due to a truck rollover and a few of the actors from mazes were also held up coming from Brisbane.
"Once they got here they still had to get ready and get their make-up on, so a few things happened later than they should have but these things happen unfortunately.
"So far everyone I've spoken to enjoyed themselves, but I'll have to get on Facebook and check out the feedback.
"It certainly looked spectacular.
"The top of the showgrounds looked unreal with the nice carnival rides and the stage set up as well."
Over the course of the evening there were two magician shows; the first one featured Hamish and Gabi from Hot FM, also a cultural dance act incorporating the native American hoop dance, the haka, a few other tribal dances and a little bit of hip-hop.
Mr Clark said the Friday the 13th show, featuring local lad Daniel Gamble performing a few gross-out acts such as lifting up a drum with his piercing, really got the stomach turning.
"We also had a local dance group, about 40 or 50 dancers all up, dancing to Thriller and Time Warp.
"They were great if not just a little big for the stage, but they got down on to the grass and did a great job.
" About 200 people went through each of the three mazes and the laser skirmish as well."
Mr Clark said the whole event took about three weeks to set up.
"I took two weeks' holiday to get in and get it all done," he said. "Getting it all down will be fun, but I can take my time a bit.
"There's no time constraints like putting it all up.
"I've got to have one of the mazes cleared by next weekend for the poultry club, but I think it'll go down quicker than it went up."
Mr Clark said he would definitely consider putting on the event again next year.
"We'll see what sort of support we get. We moved it to this time of year to avoid rodeo, but we'll get a clash with the cold weather. About 8pm it got really cold really quickly.
"We could start a bit earlier, but it's still be light and not quite as scary.
"There are a few things to weigh up and options to consider. Stay tuned.".