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Haunted Coal Mine scares record numbers

    The annual Atlas Haunted Coal Mine broke their attendance records during their Big Boo on Saturday, October 29, and Little Boo on October 30.
    “There were lines like Disneyland,” said Linda Digby, Executive Director of the Atlas Coal Mine. “All in all we’re expecting that numbers are a big jump from previous years.”
    Roughly 720 guests braved the eerie mine on Saturday night and 350 guests came for the milder Little Boo the next day.
    Guests took a fright filled walk through the mine, beginning with the tipple, followed by a stop at the ever creepy wash house, which had undergone a radical change.
    “A new team was Andy Neuman and his team,” said Digby. They transformed the wash house like never before.”
    Guests then walked into the night, with scares around every corner, such as the unsettling presence of an unwelcome ghoul on the train or a maniac with a chain saw.
    Attendees had a great time, with comments being positive.
    “We heard lots of screams all over the sights and also a lot of laughs,” said Digby. “It turned out really well.”
    Roughly 70 per cent of the guests were from out of town, indicating that the community event conceived seven years ago is reaching a wide audience.
     “It boosts the shoulder seasons tourism economy”, said Digby. “It helps everyone in the valley.”
    The Haunted Coal Mine was filmed this year as an information piece for those who haven’t attended before. The video will appear on the Atlas Coal Mine website and their YouTube channel.
    When asked what next year has in store, Digby replied “I’ve got some ideas for next year, but I’m not telling.”

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