The Monett Jaycees will again offer a special treat for Halloween. This year's project centers around the 150th anniversary of the Civil War battle at Wilson's Creek.
"The Monett Jaycees have discovered that after the Battle of Wilson's Creek on Aug. 10, 1861, a few of the wounded soldiers made their way down to the area in Monett behind the local VFW Post," said the local project coordinator. "Many of the wounded soldiers were unable to make it home to their loved ones after the battle and succumbed to their injuries.
"Several of the soldiers' wives are said to have come searching for their husbands, in order to take them back home for a proper burial. A few of them succeeded in doing this, but not all," the coordinator said. "We believe that the wives that were unable to find their husbands after the battle are still searching for them."
The Jaycees' haunted hayride for Halloween will provide a re-enactment of the journey of these wives and the temporary settlement of the Monett area.
"During the set-up and planning of these reenactments, some of the workers have noticed some very eerie sounds, lights and shifting objects, so beware," the coordinator said.
The re-enactment will take place in the fields behind the Tom Wolfe Memorial Post #4207, west of Monett on Highway 60, on Oct. 21, 22, 28 and 29. Rides will start at 7 p.m. and conclude at 11 p.m.
Tickets are available for $7 for persons age 12 and older, and $5 for younger riders. Proceeds will benefit club projects.
Kimberly Clay and Darrin Henson are the project chairmen. For additional information on the Haunted Hayride, contact Jonathan Hagar at 417-393-8253.