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Ironstock returns for ninth year of scary fun

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By Janet Robb

TELL CITY - It's time to pull the hearse around and dust off the coffin because Ironstock returns for its ninth year Saturday and Sunday at the Perry County 4-H Fairgrounds.

Haunted-house makers, lovers of Halloween and just those curious about what goes on behind the scenes of some of the scariest haunted houses, can participate in several workshops, demonstrations and events.

Old favorites like the annual Pine Box Derby, Fatal Fashion Show and Weasel Ball return along with the second annual Compact Coffin Competition. Started last year as an alternate to the very physical Pine Box Derby, it was described as a "warped" version of the Boy Scout's pine derby races.

Competitors build their own coffin racers following a set of requirements.

Vendors will feature some of their homemade props and have many for sale for haunted houses and more. Haunters can even participate in the prop swap, where they can either sell or trade for new items. Door prizes will also be given out throughout the weekend.

There are also children's activities including arts, crafts, moonwalk, field events and more. All children attending are supervised by CPR and first aid certified babysitters.

Events begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at the fairgrounds, wrapping up about 5:30 p.m. The Pine Box Derby begins at 1 p.m. with the Fatal Fashion Show at 8 p.m. and the Weasel Ball following. Sunday's Ironstock demonstrations begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

For more information, visit www.ironstock.com. Also listed are rules for the Pine Box Derby and Compact Coffin Competition.