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Merrill Boy Scouts ready to open Haunted Sawmill


A Merrill Boy Scout troop put the final touches on their Haunted Sawmill Thursday. This is the third year for the annual fundraiser.

Organizers say Skullface is the main man around here.

"I'm mad at all the people who have wronged me over the years and I will have my vengeance on all of them," said Skullface.

He's just one monster you might run into at the Haunted Sawmill.

"The Haunted Sawmill plays off Merrill's history with logging. We wanted to have something that was close to the area so we thought about the logging industry that was here and the sawmill seemed like a good extension from that," said Jerry Hershil, committee chairman of the Haunted Sawmill.

The whole show is put on by Merrill Boy Scout Troop 599.

"We needed something because we wanted to be able to help our boys pay for the cost of summer camp and different outings," said Hershil.

All the proceeds go to fund the scouts of Troop 599. They can use the money to buy uniforms or pay for scout trips.

The scouts play a big role in putting the Haunted Sawmill together.

"This year one of the things we did was asked the boys to come up with their own room ideas. So throughout the sawmill we have different theme rooms," said Hershil.

The room of doors is one of the scariest. Once you make your way in, it's up to you to find your way out.

It might be scary. But organizers say it's safe.

"We do get very very close to you and people get in your face and they make they think they're going to touch you but we do not allow touching and we don't allow guests to touch our actors either," said Derek Krzanowski, co-chair of the Haunted Sawmill.

Organizers say some visitors say it was the best--and worst--time of their lives.

"Some people literally come running out you can't get them to even say anything because they come out so fast," said Krzanowski.

The Haunted Sawmill opens to the public Friday at 6 p.m. Tickets are $8 at the door or $6 with the donation of a non-perishable food item. The Haunted Sawmill will be open every Friday and Saturday through November 2. Children's matinees are on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

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