Tickets for the Haunted Paintball Hayride at the Colusa County Fairgrounds are on sale now at the fair office, and online at www.colusacountyfairgrounds.com.
“Last year’s Hayride was sold-out every night, so this year’s event will have extended dates and hours,” Colusa County Fair CEO Jonathan Howard said.
The 20-25 minute ride will run from 7 PM to 11 PM on Friday and Saturday nights beginning Sept. 30 and continuing every weekend through October.
Colusa County Fair CEO Jonathan Howard added that tickets are going fast, and to ensure a place on one of the specially equipped paintball wagons, patrons should purchase tickets in advance.
“We just can’t guarantee a place on a wagon if reservations aren’t made before the event,” he said.
There have been some changes made to the route of the ride this year, but some things remain as they were last year.
Howard commented that answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) about the event can be found on the website, but that there are a few pertinent questions he’d like to answer.
“There seems to be a misconception that paintball shooters run on foot looking for targets,” he said. “Actually, the shooters ride on wagons equipped with mounted paintball guns. Patrons riding the wagons are never targets and will not be shot with paintballs, nor will they ever be touched by any of the actors, or be allowed to touch an actor. No special clothing is required other than wearing something comfortable.”
“Keep in mind that that rides will continue rain or shine, so dress appropriately for the weather,” he added.
Riders are seated comfortably on the wagons. They do not have to sit on hay bales.
There are no age restrictions.
“This is a family event,” said Howard, adding that participation is not recommended for children under the age of two due to the loud noises and disturbing images. Any child under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
“Some people would like to come as a group and we will do our best to seat them together, but it could mean a longer wait in line,” said Howard.
For the scare factor, Howard added, “The scare factor varies from person to person. If you frighten easily the answer is yes, but we have done our best to make the hayride scary and frightfully fun.”
The cost is the same as last year: $15 per person. Parking is free and wagons are boarded at the fairground entrance just south of the grandstands.
Howard warned, however, that riders will experience intense audio, lighting, extremely low visibility, strobe lights, special effects, and/or sudden physical actions.
“You should not take this ride if you suffer from heart conditions or are prone to seizures,” he said.
For more information or to purchase tickets call (530) 458-2641 or visit the website at www.colusacountyfairgrounds.com