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Published September 29, 2010, 10:42 PM

Haunted House Comes to Vacant Crookston Building

A vacant arena in Crookston, Minnesota is getting a makeover for the month of October. A Leonard man is using the Red River Valley Shows and Event Center as a way to scare up some business this Halloween.

By: Brady Mallory, WDAZ

A vacant arena in Crookston, Minnesota is getting a makeover for the month of October. A Leonard man is using the Red River Valley Shows and Event Center as a way to scare up some business this Halloween.

" They'll probably want to wear tennis shoes and tie them tight because they're probably going to be running," said Tony Plante.

Plante says getting a good cardio workout is a typical response to his Acres of Terror Haunted House in Leonard North Dakota.

" We've been having a great time at it. Scaring lots of folks. They come a long ways away."

From areas in Grand Forks and Polk Counties. Plante's friend told him about open space at the Red River Valley Shows and Event Center. For a $5,000 rental fee, and about a week of carpentry, his haunted house will open for business in Crookston.

" I figured it'd be cool to have one a little closer to home for them," said Plante on the expansion.

Just in time for Halloween, all of this will be ready by the first weekend in October. One group hopes this event is just the beginning.

" We are trying to reincarnate the Red River Valley Winter Shows. We want a variety of events," said Lannis Bergsgaard, a member of the Red River Valley Shows Association, a group that handles the arena.

The Association wants this to be the first step to restoring the 54,000 square foot arena after 13 years of vacancy.

Once bigger arenas came to the area, Bergsgaard said everyone lost interest.

" Big Ag trade shows moved away from this facility and created some problems with cash flow and financial stability."

An upgrade from storage facility to a haunted house might be a good change for the building

"I think Acres of Terror is a great start for this place. Hopefully it will kick off good and there'll be a lot more shows from here on out," said James Angsman, who is a chainsaw-wielding character in Acres of Terror.

As far what people can expect, Plante is keeping it a secret.

I hope it is a good show. I'm not telling the rest. They'll have to come see."

Acres of Terror opens in Crookston opens on October first, and runs every Friday and Saturday during the month, and on Halloween. Tickets are $20 per person.

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