Ghost tours aim to scare and educate

Staff writer

Marion Historical Society is sponsoring ghost tours for the second year, and proceeds will benefit Marion County Emergency Food Bank. Tours begin at 7, 8, and 9 p.m. Saturday from the Marion Historical Museum.

“Tours will last an hour and got to four or five locations around town,” museum director Cynthia Blount said. “We keep the locations secret so to not spoil the fun.”

Last year the tour visited several private residences and the elementary school looking for paranormal activity.

“No one had any apparitions, but ghosts never perform when you want them too,” Blount said. “We’ve chosen sites around town where things have been witnessed.”

A tram with 20 seats will take guests to the different locations. Blount said the 8 p.m. tour is sold out, but seats are still available for the 7 and 9 p.m. tours. Last year all tours were completely sold out.

“Gary Ewert, museum board member, will lead the tours,” Blount said. “He is very good, and if the tram goes past historical places in town he also tells people about them.”

Tickets can be purchased for $2 per person, or $1 with a canned food donation at the museum. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday from noon until 2 p.m. Call (620) 382-9134 for more information.

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