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Spooky, educational event planned for Fort Yargo Halloween

WINDER -- There's a spooky but educational event on tap for Halloween at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder.

From 4 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 31, the park will host an "All Hallows Eve Event and Autumn Hayride." The cost is $5.

Patrons will "learn about All Hallows Eve from the 18th century as well as taking a good ol' fashion hayride through the park," according to Fort Yargo's website.

The historic fort will host informational sessions about life in the late 1700s. Tours will include interactive activities and educational opportunities, park leaders said.

That's not the only costumed fun scheduled at the park next month.

On Oct. 14, a 5K race is expected to literally bring out the superhero in participants.

The race and 1K fun run at the Barrow County park, the first of its kind, will raise funds for the Piedmont Court Appointed Special Advocate program. With the event being held a couple of weeks before Halloween, participants are encouraged to come dressed as their superhero of choice, officials said.

The Piedmont CASA, formed in 2000 by a juvenile court judge and community members, partners children of Barrow, Jackson and Banks counties with CASA volunteers, who advocate for the youngsters in juvenile court proceedings.

The Fort Yargo events will span from 2 to 6 p.m., organizers said. Packet pick-up and race-day registration will begin at 1 p.m.

The 1,800-acre Fort Yargo State Park, located near downtown Winder at 210 S. Broad St., offers a 260-acre lake, cottages and other amenities, such as a disc golf course.

For registration and additional information on either event, call 770-867-3489. Parking at Fort Yargo costs $5.