GRAYSON, Ky. — The Grayson Gallery and Arts Center (GGAC) is hosting the second annual Haunted Jail of Grayson, as the spooky, creepy Halloween season ensues. The Haunted Jail kicked off Oct. 1 from 8-10 p.m. in the former Carter County Jailhouse.
More than 75 visitors have come to this haunted attraction, according to Dan Click, GGAC director. Admission is $5 per person and the venue will be open every Friday and Saturday night in October from 8-10 p.m. The building is located at the rear of the Carter County Courthouse at 300 West Main Street in Grayson.
Dan Click, GGAC director, said community efforts contributed toward the Haunted Jail are demonstrative of how interest is created.
“The second annual Haunted Jail of Grayson is such a prime example of how a community can work together to create interest in local events and attractions,” Click said. “I’m overwhelmed at the tremendous support received by the Carter County Fiscal Court and local volunteers, who’ve made it all possible. I’d like to sincerely thank all those involved, as well as the brave souls who come out to enjoy the event thereby helping to fund other important local projects in the arts.”
Click said the GGAC leadership was approached by Carter County Judge Mike Malone, the County Courthouse staff and Magistrates about using the vacant space for the event in 2015 and received their much-appreciated approval. GGAC President Amanda Grisby, assisted by her husband, Tim Grigsby (a member of the Grayson Tourism Commission) volunteers base was organized by for Grigsby couple a second time this year.
“The couple has been active in regional Halloween activities in the past and not only draw from their experience as organizers and actors but also supply many of the props and scene designs,” he said. ” In addition, over 30 volunteers, many of them local youth, have been in the planning stages for several months and are instrumental in presenting all aspects of the event.”
The old jail, a beautiful and relatively well preserved WPA-built structure from the mid-1930s, was closed as a jailhouse when the new Carter County Detention Center was opened. It has been used for miscellaneous Carter County offices and storage since that time, according to Click.
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