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Celebrate Halloween Any Time of Year with the “The Halloween Experience” DVDs!

Get your haunted house fix this summer with simulated walk-thru videos of eleven of the best haunts on the West Coast on two volumes of “The Halloween Experience.”

All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray—

“California Dreamin’,” The Mamas & the Papas

John and Michelle Phillips might have been dreaming about California on a winter’s day when they wrote this song in 1965, but most of the readers of this website are dreaming about the brown and gold leaves of October during the southern heat of the summer, so we’ve decided to devote this column to some of the best haunted attractions on the West Coast.

Enter “The Halloween ExperienceVolume One and Two.

What a great idea! Folks that love to explore haunted attractions are mostly limited to five or six weeks in September/October, and then there’s the restriction of haunt hours (around dusk until midnight on weekends) and how much gas you can afford driving to haunts around the region. There are literally thousands of haunts out there, all of them different, and most of them DIY efforts put on by passionate local owners and crews.

The team behind “The Halloween Experience” (http://www.hauntedtelevision.com/) has created two volumes of haunted attraction walk-thru videos that allow haunt fans to check out the chills and thrills of some of best haunts on the West Coast anytime they feel like it. These videos aren’t just cheesy POV videos you might find on YouTube; they’ve been artfully post-edited to try and give the viewer the atmosphere you would experience live at each attraction.

Each segment is professionally lit, shot and post edited to give the viewer a closer look and some of the better sets, props, masks and makeups. Not all of the editing was to my taste, but the style of each segment is generally tailored to the theme of that particular haunt.

Volume One is hosted by Bloody Jenny and includes the following haunts:

Sinister Pointe (www.sinisterpointe.com): A crumbling southern mansion populated by inbred hillbillies, cannibals and zombies, this huge haunt features amazing sets and atmospheric lighting.

The Haunted Hotel (www.hauntedhotel.com): Once actually the sister haunt of Louisville’s own Haunted Hotel on S 4th Street, this version in the Gaslight District of San Diego is often rated among the top haunts in the country. You might feel right at home here as the two haunts still share the same logo and wild elevator ride, but everything else is completely different. Hotel hallways and rooms give way to more of an insane asylum vibe as you make your way through the vintage café and past animatronic beasties and undead former guests, right through to the chainsaw clown finale.

The Chambers of the Mausoleum: A huge Castle Keep façade leads to an elaborate maze of above ground crypts with some of the more impressive breakaway doors and stain glassed windows I’ve ever seen in a haunt. If you’re a fan of “Tombs of the Blind Dead,” you’ll appreciate the oppressive mood and cloaked creepers here. Skull littered dungeons might remind some of you of “Pirates of the Caribbean” in detail and scale. Grave robbing ghouls haunt the outside portion of the haunt and the tour climaxes with an appearance by the Devil himself.

The Backwoods Maze: This one is a post-apocalyptic/steampunk themed haunt filled with radioactive freaks and mutated beasts. You’ll make your way through lots of simulated burning buildings past machine gun totting marauders.

Fears Gate (www.fearsgate.com): Possibly the lowest rent haunt in this volume, this one is an all zombie themed haunt where the zombies are mostly actors with black circles painted around their eyes. Appropriately, “The Halloween Experience” has post-edited this walk-thru to simulate the look of George Romero’s black-and-white classic, “Night of the Living Dead,” all silent except for the sound of flickering film reels.

Reign of Terror (www.rothauntedhouse.com): Beginning like a Western style ghost town full of skeletal bartenders and piano players, there are a number of good animatronic jump scares as you journey through a forgotten, cobwebbed manse into an icy frozen area and back into the decaying Gothic hallways. This haunt seems more focused on atmosphere than shock scares. There is second haunt here called “The Asylum,” a trip through a literal madhouse that is much more actor driven and shock oriented. It’s a nice balance of mood and shock.

Volume Two is hosted by Bloody Ben and includes the following haunts:

The Empty Grave (www.themtgrave.com): A haunted mortuary theme reminiscent of our own Baxter Avenue Morgue sends you through a series crypts to face undead undertakers and rotting corpses thirsty for fresh blood.

The Labyrinth of Lost Relics (www.figmentfoundry.wix.com/haunts): By far my favorite haunt on either volume, this fantasy oriented haunt is the incredible creation of the Figment Foundry in Redlands, CA. You enter an ancient ruin only to be greeted by a fully animated alien-lizard type of creature sitting on a throne. He sends you on an adventure through a laser tunnel into the strange realms beyond filled with trolls, bird creatures, Minotaurs, dragons and suit-mation monstrosities. The sets, costumes and monsters, all created in house, are amazing original creations.

Haunted Hollywood Sports (www.hauntedhollywoodsports.com): This is a huge, 23 acre multi-haunt scream park. Two of their attractions, Venom and Cannibal Caverns are included here. Venom is a dark, swampy attraction steeped in Voodoo and poisonous creatures. I’d love to see the fog machine expense bill for this haunt. Cannibal Caverns is fairly self-explanatory. It’s a mine shaft filled with people that want to eat you followed immediately by a clown maze.

The Perdition Home (www.perditionhome.com): Right out of a Rob Zombie movie, complete with subtle hints of banjo strings on the soundtrack, this is basically “Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Haunt,” and “The Halloween Experience” even edits the footage to the sounds of flash bulb crime scene photography as heard in that horror classic’s opening reel. The acting here might be the stalest of the lot with dialogue like, “Get out of my barn,” “Where do you think you’re going?,” and “Come play with us.” What it lacks in originality, it more than makes up for in gore.

Scream in the Dark (www.screamhauntedhouse.com): For some reason, “The Halloween Experience” chose to shoot this one with a slightly distorted fisheye lens and there are a lot of fades, wipes and extreme close-ups in the editing. Perhaps it was an attempt to give an original feel to a fairly traditional haunt, but I had a hard time getting much of an impression of this haunt’s style or detail through the cinematography and editing. It’s still entertaining.

You can purchase your copies of “The Halloween ExperienceVolumes One and Two for $12.99 each at www.hauntedtelevision.com. That’s eleven virtual haunt tours that you can brave anytime of the year the mood strikes you. It’s going to be a chilling summer.

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Walk Among Us through Stillwell Manor in Anderson, Indiana!

Take a tour through Indiana’s Stillwell Manor for a special off-season event called “Monster Movie Mayhem”!

Greetings, Louisville cellar dwellers, it’s the Phantom of the Ville just back from a road trip to Anderson, IN and Stillwell Manor (www.stillwellmanor.com). Off-season events at haunted houses across the country continue to gain popularity with fans who just can’t get enough chills and thrills in October to last them the entire year. Stillwell Manor has been experimenting with special event weekends far beyond the expected dates.

They hosted a “Nightmare before Christmas” weekend in December as well as a Valentine event in February and a Prom Night themed weekend last month. This weekend’s “Monster Movie Mayhem” event seemed geared at taking advantage of the county fair and carnival taking place just across from their parking lot.

Why not? Every carnival needs a good Spook House.

For this haunted road trip I was joined by Scare Factor’s Team Zombillies and haunt super-fan, Lindsay Bacon, all of us rolling into town in the Zombillies’ haunted limo equipped with strobe lights and a fog machine.

That’s how we roll.

Stillwell Manor is located inside the old Applewood Movie Theatre, which immediately brought to mind memories of our beloved Psychomania which was located inside the old Green Tree 4 Theater in Clarksville. The various movie screening rooms through which Stillwell Manor’s maze snakes through weren’t constructed on level ground. They were built on inclines and this somehow adds to rather than detracts from the whole off-kilter, funhouse feel of the haunt. There are almost no level surfaces or straight angles throughout the maze. Everything is slightly off keel, keeping the guests slightly disoriented.

There are also quite a few areas where the correct path forward isn’t clearly marked. Doors must be opened. Curtains must be parted, and there are a number of dead ends, one of which we fell prey to and were trapped in a corner by the Frankenstein Monster and Jason Voorhees!

The approximately 20 minute tour through Stillwell Manor’s main haunt is themed as a crumbing Victorian mansion and includes many stately rooms that have ultimately fallen into rot and disrepair as well as several simulated outdoors scenes including a large forest and graveyard set.

The “Monster Movie Mayhem” overlay of the standard maze meant the mansion was filled with classic and modern movie monsters including the Frankenstein Monster and his Bride, Dracula, werewolves and mummies as well as Jason, Freddy, Regan from “The Exorcist,” Chucky, Annabelle, Samara from “The Ring” and Leatherface.

In between assaults from the monsters hiding in the dark corners of the mansion, there were moments of creepy stillness and quiet where the sound design worked very well at keeping the hairs standing on the back on my neck. Whispering voices in the distance fill the space and occasional ghostly cries ring out from somewhere up ahead — or behind.

I can’t speak to the quality or length of Stillwell Manor’s second haunt, Tantibus, which takes places upstairs in the old theater’s corporate offices, because it wasn’t open for this particular event but our friends from Team Zombillies tell us it is as long and elaborate as their signature maze.

By Halloween 2015, Stillwell Manor also plans to open a third attraction, Isabell’s Beyond, a freak show themed maze to round out their trilogy of spook show thrillers.

Our thanks to Team Zombillies for providing transportation to Anderson and to the cast and crew of Stillwell Manor for providing us with a proper chill on a warm May evening. Louisville haunt fans may want to consider adding Stillwell Manor to their 2015 Halloween haunt tour.

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Weekend Monster Hunting: A Visual Guide through Big Beech Trail in Pope Lick Park!

Join the Phantom of the Ville on a monster hunting expedition through the Pope Lick Goat Man’s domain!

Greetings, my fellow crypto-loving monster hunters, it’s the Phantom of Ville just back from an afternoon hike through the eastern Jefferson County wilderness where the legendary Pope Lick Goat Man calls home. Earlier this year, during the chill of winter, we ran an article detailing the newly opened areas in Pope Lick Park, including the recently constructed pavilion beneath the Goat Man’s train trestle at Trestle Point. You can find that information and photos here:

http://www.louisvillehalloween.com/the-pope-lick-monster-has-his-own-park-monster-hunting-made-easy/

After nearly three solid weeks of rain, the weather is finally starting to feel a bit more spring-like, so I decided to take advantage of the sunshine to do a little late April monster hunting. Below you’ll find a series of photos I took while exploring the 1.57 mile Big Beech dirt trail through a forest filled with 200 year old trees deep within monster country.

Just click on the thumbnails for enlarged images.

1) First you’ll cross Pope Lick Creek on your way to Big Beech Trail. Or is that Camp Crystal Lake?

2) More difficult!

3) Into the wild!

4) Getting up there! You’ll climb a steep incline that overlooks the creek below.

5) I came across this huge uprooted tree! Could this be evidence of a Squatch?

6) Get ready for some Pitfall action!

7) Follow these orange markers to stay on the trail! As they were warned in “American Werewolf in London”: Stay on the road. Keep clear of the moors!

8) Through the valley of shadows—

9) Possible Goat Man watering hole?

10) What on earth could have made this track?

11) When you cross this bridge, my friend, the Pope Lick Monster’s power ends!

12) I took this photo on the run after being startled by a strange noise coming from just past the trees in the distance. What do you see?

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Haunt Super Fan, Lindsay Bacon, Gives Louisville Halloween the Fan Perspective on the Local Horror Biz!

From late September to early November, Lindsay Bacon plans her life around the regional haunt schedule, visiting 14 different attractions in 2014 (many of them more than once). We’ve interviewed many haunters over the last few years, but this time we thought it would be interesting to hear from a fan. Not just any fan, but a Haunt Super Fan!

A couple of years ago I was on assignment covering a “Lights Out” special event at the Haunted Hotel on South 4th Street, and it was still technically early in the evening, probably around 8PM. This particular event involved signing a waiver and promised a fairly intense experience, under 18 years of age not allowed.

I was standing in line waiting for the assault on my nervous system when up walks this tiny little girl all by herself. I kept waiting for either her boyfriend, BFF or parent (!) to line up next to her.

You here all by yourself?

Indeed, she was. Intentionally!

After talking to her for five or ten minutes about the local haunt scene, I knew this girl was no average thrill seeker. She had probably visited more haunt houses that year than I had. She was a Haunt Super Fan.

Since I like a sounding board for my haunt reviews, I invited her to join me for a dark trip through the Haunted Hotel and we’ve kept in touch ever since. I can’t even tell you the number of times I bumped into her at various haunts over the last couple of years.

Louisville haunt fans, meet Lindsay Bacon.

“First, tell us a little about yourself and your earliest memories of Halloween.”

 

I was born in Louisville. Shortly after, my family moved across the river to Floyds Knobs, which has been my home for most of my life. For work, I do customer service and order management for a grill company at their service center in Jeffersonville. I have been enjoying haunted attractions for over 11 years.

 

My earliest memories of Halloween date back to childhood and my first few years in school. The rest of my family weren’t big fans of the holiday and I can’t remember them participating often, but my dad and I would always celebrate. We had traditions we enjoyed every year, like filling up those Halloween leaf bags and setting them out in the front yard, putting up decorations on the porch, painting and carving the pumpkins we’d picked out earlier that month… and of course, every kid’s favorite part: going trick or treating! I can still remember scurrying through the chilly night from door to door with a bulging bag of candy, admiring all the different costumes along the way, my path lit by the flickering glow of the jack-o-lanterns on the porches. One time, after we returned for the night (I was a witch that year), I remember my dad taking me over to the kitchen window and we watched the sky for a while to see if a real witch would fly past on her broom. It’s random, but it’s one of my favorite memories. Halloween had a magic back then that is not lost on me as an adult, but it is different now.

 

“Do you remember the first movie, book or Halloween event that really impressed you?”

 

That’s a hard one. Growing up, I always loved the fun side of Halloween, but I wasn’t big on being scared. I did spend many nights watching Nickelodeon’sAre You Afraid of the Dark?” on TV, and I read most of the scary children’s book series that were released in the 90s. (It’s funny, I enjoyed R.L. Stine’s “Fear Street” series, but Goosebumps was a no-no because that ventriloquist dummy was terrifying!) My love of horror didn’t blossom until my late teenage years, and I can’t remember anything in particular kick starting it. It was just something that I came to enjoy.

 

“Do you remember the first haunted house that you ever experienced? Tell us about that.”

 

I don’t think I will ever forget it! Sometime in the 90s, when I was a preteen, I went to Brandenburg’s Nightmare Forest with my friends. I had seen commercials for haunted houses on TV and had some idea of what they were about, but my friends, who were far braver than I, and already budding horror fans, didn’t really emphasize the scary part and kept going on like, “Oh it’s so cool, they have Jurassic Park and stuff!” Oh yes, they had dinosaurs… and they also had Freddy Krueger on the bus sticking his blades in your FACE, Jason coming out of the water and an immense Leatherface swinging a chainsaw around your head. I hated it… I was bawling my eyes out and begging to leave. It would be years before I was brave enough to make it through another haunt.

 

(Not long after that wonderful experience, my friends decided to try again with the Culbertson Mansion. I didn’t get past the front door.)

 

“Approximately how many haunted attractions did you attend last season, and how many do you attend during a normal haunt season?”

 

I visited 14 different haunted attractions last season. The number I attend each season varies depending on my budget and work schedule. I always try to fit in as many as possible, but regardless, I have a great time and it is the highlight of my year.

 

“How many do you plan to experience this season?”

 

At the time of writing, I am planning on at least 8 for 2015. There will most likely be more, but it depends on what the season brings.

 

“I know there are some haunts you visit more than once per season. What keeps you coming back to those particular attractions?”

 

They each have an aspect of their show that is unique to them that I really enjoy. A number of different things could grab my attention and have me itching for a return visit. I do prefer haunts that have original and interactive characters, a lengthy duration and high intensity… so if you have any or all of the above, I will probably be back before the season ends.

 

“What’s the best haunted attraction you’ve ever experienced?”

 

Hands down, Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando, Florida. This thing is in a league of its own. With the detail they put into their haunted houses, the original characters they come up with and the storylines they write to tie everything together, it’s like stepping into another world.

 

“What’s your favorite regional haunted attraction currently?”

 

Three years ago, Brandenburg’s Field of Screams stole my heart. I don’t think I’ll be getting it back anytime soon.

 

“What kinds of themes, characters, props and scares have you seen in recent years that really blew you away?”

 

Themes: Culbertson Mansion did some “scary toys” and “classic monsters” themes in the last few years that were very cool. Everyone goes on about how intense the Haunted Hotel’s show is, but if you take a moment to really check out the rooms and familiarize yourself with the characters, you’ll see that the hotel theme is carried throughout the haunt and there is some amazing set design in there. Zombies have been done to death, but I love the way they do them at Asylum’s Zombie City. Great mix of humor, scares, and audience interaction. Of course, I can’t leave out Fear Fair and their incredible movie scenes. I’ve had a prejudice against movie monsters for the longest time because so many haunts use them without putting in the effort to make you feel like you are in the movie. Fear Fair made me see them in a whole new light. I would also like to give a nod to Grim Trails. Their fairy tale themed haunt is a breath of fresh air in the Louisville haunt scene.

 

If I may include a few haunts that are a little farther away, Indy Screampark up in Anderson, IN recently added Brickmore Asylum to their lineup, and it is the best asylum themed haunt I’ve ever experienced. It was a little bare on actors, but it felt realistic enough to make my skin crawl. I’ve also visited the Dent Schoolhouse and USS Nightmare over the last two seasons. With the exception of a couple of random scenes in USS, both of them did a terrific job of sticking to their respective themes throughout. I couldn’t get over how much detail Dent packed into every single room of the house, they blew anything I’d seen at Horror Nights out of the water.

 

Props and Scares: I will confess that unless a haunt is heavily detailed, I don’t pay that much attention to fancy props and animatronics. Yeah, they’re neat to look at, but adherence to the theme or storyline (if it has one) and actor performance are much more important to me. If I had to pick something, the giant “actormatronics” would have to be my favorite. I don’t encounter them often, but it’s always a treat (and a shock) to have one come lurching out of the dark!

 

Specific scares… locally, Asylum has a couple that come to mind. The floor drop in Zombie City never fails to startle, and Darkness Falls’ church scene is magnificent. The Devil’s Attic has a disorienting SAW maze that can set you up for some terrific scares from their Pigface actor if you can’t figure out which way to go. Field of Screams’ Hayride to Hell has a drop scare that I did not expect, and has continued to startle me even after several visits. Branching further out, Indianapolis’ Fright Manor has a great misdirection scare in their Friday the 13th scene involving a static Jason prop and a live actor. Haunted Angelus House, also located in Indy, has an awesome Michael Myers surprise at the end that sent me running out of the house!

 

I would also like to throw in my favorite scare from Universal’s Horror Nights event. In 2012, they had a black and white house based on the Universal classic monsters titled “Universal’s House of Horrors“. In the Frankenstein scene, there was a corridor off to the side that had boards going through it, and led to the laboratory where the monster was. He was lying on the slab, and as you walked through, he would thrash against his bonds and break free, jumping up to smash through the boards as he charged at you. It seemed like he was really far away, but this was actually a trick with mirrors- so in a matter of seconds, this HUGE actor would nearly be on top of you. People went down like bowling pins!

 

Characters: Oh wow… a haunt’s characters are so important to me. If I named every character I loved, even the most recent ones, I could easily fill a whole page. I will say that whenever someone gives me a memorable scare or interaction, or even just puts on a great performance, I try to remember to hit up their haunt’s Facebook page or Twitter and give them a shout. It is my way, as a fan, of giving something back to them.

 

Something I didn’t see mentioned here was events. I have noticed an increasing trend with haunts having a special night or two during the season where they go “lights out” and send guests through the haunt in the dark, or they might have an “extreme night” where the rules are bent beyond how they would normally scare guests. I have attended events of this nature at Fear Fair, Haunted Hotel and 7th Street Haunt, and they are so much fun. I would love to see this kind of stuff become more popular in the future.

 

“What are some of the things you frequently see in haunted houses that you could do without? Is there anything you really hate?”

 

Zombies, movie monsters, creepy little girls, hillbillies, clowns. Do these right or don’t do them at all. Any variation of “Play with me,” or “What are you doing in my _____?,” and of course “Get out!” I hate actors breaking character when it’s not necessary.

 

“Do you participate in any particular online haunt fan communities, chat rooms or websites?”

 

Not currently.

 

“Outside of haunted houses, do you also get involved in other Halloween rituals and events? Parades, pumpkin patches, parties, etc.?”

 

It’s not exactly Halloween related, but I attend the Harvest Homecoming Festival in New Albany just about every year. I visited the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular in Iroquois Park last season and that was wonderful. It will definitely become an October tradition for me.

 

“I know you enjoy attending special haunt events outside the Halloween season, like Christmas nights, Valentines weekends and Friday the 13th nights? In your opinion, what’s the best off-season event you’ve been to?”

 

No contest: Bloody Christmas at the Haunted Hotel. I have never seen the cast go as wild as they did on those two nights. It was fantastic.

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Louisville’s Favorite Horror & Heavy Metal Artist, Jeff Gaither, Creates Two Art Horse Monstrosities for Gallopalooza 2015!

We visit Jeff Gaither in the Derby Festival’s downtown studio stable to get a sneak peek at his two Gallopalooza horse designs set to be unleashed on the city the weekend of April 17-19th!

Greetings, undead Derby fans, it’s the Phantom of the Ville coming to you from the Gallopalooza stable where dozens of life sized, fiberglass horse statues (and a few giant mint julep cups) are being brought to vivid life by a small army of local artists. When completed, these equestrian marvels will haunt the businesses and city sidewalks of their sponsors throughout 2015.

You may know Jeff Gaither’s trademark style by his work with Guns N’ Roses, Van Halen, Testament, the Accused and the Misfits. Last year we were treated to a visit to his haunted castle on South 3rd Street (http://www.louisvillehalloween.com/the-house-of-gaither-investigating-the-criminally-insane-art-of-jeff-gaither/ ) where we got a look at some of his latest work. This week I got a chance to watch the artist at work putting the finishing touches on one of two horses he was hired to design for the 2015 Gallopalooza project.

How did the self-proclaimed “Artist for the Criminally Insane” become involved in one of the city’s most visible events in the Kentucky Derby Festival?

“I submitted two designs for horses this year,” says Gaither, “neither of which they used.”

“Instead,” he continues, “I brought my portfolio with me to a meet-and-greet event with the sponsors looking for an artist to design their horse. There were designs all over the walls, like an art gallery, and business owners were walking around looking at them.”

“The owners of Masterson’s Catering seemed interested in my style, but not the designs I had created for the event,” Gaither admits. “Instead, they were flipping through my portfolio and said, ‘That’s it!’ and pointed to something I had done earlier this year that had nothing to do with Gallopalooza.”

The design that floored the owners of Masterson’s was actually a vinyl action figure that Jeff had painted for the Munny Art Show at Ultra Pop! (https://www.facebook.com/UltraPopShop?fref=ts), a local art and designer vinyl toys collectibles shop.

Munny is a blank vinyl toy made by an American toy company called Kidrobot. The Munny figures are made to be designed and painted by the purchaser, and have become popular as commissioned pieces of art by famous artists across the country.

Kerry Caufield of Caufield’s Novelty built and helped install the steel wings,” says Gaither who has a longstanding working relationship with the legendary novelty company. In fact, in a Louisville Halloween EXCLUSIVE, Jeff revealed to us that he and Kerry Caufield are working on a series of six vacuform, vintage style Halloween masks this summer for release later this year. These masks will be original Gaither designs that pay homage to the classic Halloween masks made by Collegeville and Ben Cooper from the 1950’s through the 1980’s.

Jeff promised us that we would be the first to see and publish the mask designs once completed!

When it came to completing the first horse, JamesSnook Gray of SK Kustoms body shop helped with information and materials for installing the wings on the horse body.

“It just came out of my head,” says Gaither about the Masterson’s horse design. “It took about two months to complete, working almost every day. That’s all I’ve done for the last two months is work, paint and sleep.”

The second horse Gaither also worked on was a collaboration with local artist, Jeremy Slaven, for Tom Hirsch/Raymond James Financial. That horse is an American eagle themed creation meant to inspire the rebounding American economy.

Jeff wanted us to give his thanks to Girard’s Hardware on South 3rd Street for helping him find the right supplies and materials as well as for providing helpful instructions on how to use them for a project of this scale. He also wants to express his thanks to Porter Paints at Iroquois Manor for suggesting the right primers and paints for both the fiberglass and the steel parts of both horses.

This year, Gallopalooza is partnering with the Waterfront Development Corporation and part of the funds raised from the sponsorship and sale of the art horses will go towards funding the LED lighting project on the Big Four Bridge. Gallopalooza also continues its partnership with Brightside and their efforts to create a “Ninth Street Gateway” into Louisville.

You can come downtown and see Jeff Gaither’s amazing horses in person on the weekend of April 17-19 at the public unveiling event sponsored by Computershare. The event will take place at 708 W Magazine Street at the corner of 8th and Magazine Streets. Tickets are $5 at the door and children 3 years old and under are FREE. Friday evening hours are 5 – 9 PM. Saturday hours are from 9 AM to 4 PM which is the same day as Thunder over Louisville, so make sure to stop in before the fireworks. Sunday hours are 1 – 5 PM, and Jeff will be there with his Tom Hirsch/Raymond James Financial sponsors to talk about the project, meet the public and sign autographs.

We’ll update you on the status of those Jeff Gaither/Kerry Caufield vintage style, vacuform Halloween masks later this summer. Until then, I’ll be back soon with much more news of the strange and unusual as it comes in from throughout the Derby City.

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