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Fairy tales with a twist at Glace Bay scare fair


GLACE BAY - Anyone visiting this fair can expect to encounter fairy tales — fairy tales of horror, that is.

The Twisted Fairy Tales Scare Fair adventure, created by members of the Glace Bay Y’s Men’s and Women’s Club, leads visitors through a house of horrors that includes seven rooms and a vortex.

Club treasurer Bobby Donovan said the vortex, built by one of the members, is impressive and visitors will go through a frightful Alice in Wonderland experience.

“It all lights up and spins, you get really dizzy going through it.”

Donovan said the club created the scare fair as a fundraiser for the Glace Bay 2878 Cape Breton Highlanders Army Corps.

The theme is Twisted Fairy Tales and includes a frightening take on classic fairy tales including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Little Red Riding Hood, Beauty and Beast, the Mad Hatter and Alice in Wonderland.

Donovan said there are about 25 cadets running the event plus volunteers from other groups.

Donovan said the club ran scare fairs for five years in the upstairs of the hall which wasn’t being used and it was a great fundraiser for local groups. The upstairs was then utilized, so the fairs were on hiatus for three years.

“This year it wasn’t being used so we contacted the cadets to see if they’d be interested in doing this as a fundraiser.”

Donovan said the cadets jumped on board and will receive half of the proceeds.

“It gives them something to do while helping their own group.”

The other half of the money raised goes to the club’s community projects.

Members of the Y’s Men’s and Women’s Club, including Jeff Knarr, Richie Bonner and Jeanette MacDonald, set up the scare fair with the help of Brian Gibson, a captain with the cadets. 

MacDonald said the club had some props already, but built some new ones and purchased more, spending about $4,000 in the process.

“We bought costumes for all the cadets, material, makeup and lots of props, we wanted to do something really different this time.

“Everyone put ideas together to create this. We tested it and kept improving it.”

MacDonald, who is the “twisted fairy godmother” tour host for the event, leads the groups through the displays including into the world of Little Red Riding Hood, where one will find the wolf. Visitors will also experience the dark side of Peter Pan and Tinker Bell and will encounter a Snow White room with some questionable dwarfs.

In the Hansel and Gretel room, visitors will walk into a kitchen where dinner has been served but they will not want to sample the main course.

“It’s really creepy,” she said. “People will also find there’s someone captive, waiting to be the next meal.”

The Twisted Fairy Tales Scare Fair adventure, created by members of the Glace Bay Y’s Men’s and Women’s Club, leads visitors through a house of horrors that includes seven rooms and a vortex.

Club treasurer Bobby Donovan said the vortex, built by one of the members, is impressive and visitors will go through a frightful Alice in Wonderland experience.

“It all lights up and spins, you get really dizzy going through it.”

Donovan said the club created the scare fair as a fundraiser for the Glace Bay 2878 Cape Breton Highlanders Army Corps.

The theme is Twisted Fairy Tales and includes a frightening take on classic fairy tales including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Little Red Riding Hood, Beauty and Beast, the Mad Hatter and Alice in Wonderland.

Donovan said there are about 25 cadets running the event plus volunteers from other groups.

Donovan said the club ran scare fairs for five years in the upstairs of the hall which wasn’t being used and it was a great fundraiser for local groups. The upstairs was then utilized, so the fairs were on hiatus for three years.

“This year it wasn’t being used so we contacted the cadets to see if they’d be interested in doing this as a fundraiser.”

Donovan said the cadets jumped on board and will receive half of the proceeds.

“It gives them something to do while helping their own group.”

The other half of the money raised goes to the club’s community projects.

Members of the Y’s Men’s and Women’s Club, including Jeff Knarr, Richie Bonner and Jeanette MacDonald, set up the scare fair with the help of Brian Gibson, a captain with the cadets. 

MacDonald said the club had some props already, but built some new ones and purchased more, spending about $4,000 in the process.

“We bought costumes for all the cadets, material, makeup and lots of props, we wanted to do something really different this time.

“Everyone put ideas together to create this. We tested it and kept improving it.”

MacDonald, who is the “twisted fairy godmother” tour host for the event, leads the groups through the displays including into the world of Little Red Riding Hood, where one will find the wolf. Visitors will also experience the dark side of Peter Pan and Tinker Bell and will encounter a Snow White room with some questionable dwarfs.

In the Hansel and Gretel room, visitors will walk into a kitchen where dinner has been served but they will not want to sample the main course.

“It’s really creepy,” she said. “People will also find there’s someone captive, waiting to be the next meal.”

FAST FACTS

• The Glace Bay Y’s Men’s and Women’s Club is hosting the Twisted Fairy Tales’ Scare Fair.

• The haunted fair, being run by members of the Glace Bay 2878 Cape Breton Highlanders Army Corps, will be open Thursday to Saturday from 6-9 p.m. each night.

• Admission is $5.

• Half of the proceeds will go to the cadet corps.

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