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Ironton Lions: Haunted Tunnel better than ever

Sep. 29, 2011 @ 12:00 AM

IRONTON -- Instead of giving in to being the victims of a crime, the Ironton Lions are roaring back.

A longtime tradition, the Ironton Lions Club's Haunted Tunnel, was vandalized earlier this year. But fright-seekers need not be alarmed -- at least not until they enter the tunnel -- because the Lions rebuilt the haunted attraction and say it is better and scarier than ever.

The Haunted Tunnel, located near the U.S. 52 and Ohio 93 intersection across from the Ironton Hills Shopping Center, will be open most Fridays and Saturdays in October. Doors are open from 7 to 11 nightly. The cost is $5 per person. Event dates are Oct. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29.

The civic organization has converted the former Ohio 75 highway tunnel into a one-of-a-kind haunted attraction each October for nearly two decades. As the largest fundraiser for the volunteer group, all proceeds go back into the community through a variety of civic projects and support to other area organizations such as Ironton In Bloom, the Ironton-Lawrence County Memorial Day Parade Committee, the City Mission and others.

One key project, which meets the Lions International focus of working to help those who are vision impaired, is to provide a service dog to someone who couldn't afford one otherwise. The club has sponsored three dogs in recent years, each at a cost of more than $8,000, according to a press release.

For more information, contact Mike Caldwell at 740-532-1441 or Joe Jenkins at 740-533-0363.