Terror in the Town submissions due by Aug. 9

ASHVILLE – The Children’s Safety Village turns into something that nightmares are made of. This year the Children’s Safety Village invites area businesses, organizations and community groups to take part in the second annual Town of Terror event for a chance to win $1,000. Submissions for the Children’s Safety Village Town of Terror are due by Aug. 9.

Teams will use creativity and decorate the most terrifying, haunted building in the Village. Building sizes are 16 x 18 or 12 x 24 feet. Teams will create their own themes and creature to terrify those who enter. All guests who enter the Village throughout October will vote on their favorite building at the end of the tour. The team with the most votes will win $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for third place. Teams are encouraged to get coworkers, family members and friends to vote for their building. Winners will be announced on Halloween.

The Terror Village will operate Friday and Saturdays between Oct. 12 and 26 from 8 to 11 p.m. each night. Teams may solicit other volunteers to help with their building during the nights of the events. Students who are freshman year or older and attend a Chautauqua County school or college may volunteer for community service hours. Applicants will have an opportunity to share their ideas with the Safety Village’s committee on Aug. 13-14. Contest acceptance notifications will be notified by Aug. 16.

For questions, contact Terri Kindberg, executive director, at 499-8138 or by email at for contest rules and registration. This is a great opportunity to raise money for your own group, not-for-profit or charity and you are guaranteed to have a great time.

The Chautauqua Children’s Safety Education Village, located at 2695 Route 394, Ashville, is a not-for-profit organization which formed in 1996. The DFT Communications Educational Facility, where classes are held, is surrounded by a child-sized village, complete with a business district, paved roads, street signs, sidewalks and everything you would find in an actual village. The purpose of the Safety Village is to educate children, primarily in the areas of traffic, bike and fire safety. Our goal is to decrease the number of unnecessary injuries and unfortunate fatalities in our community by allowing children to experience hands-on lessons that they will remember.

The Safety Village is sustained through fundraising efforts, grants and donations from a generous community. All donations are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated. Together we can make a difference in the lives of children in our community. For more information or to make a donation, contact Kindberg.