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The Trail of Terror, created by the producers of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, begins its 17th Halloween season on Thursday in Shakopee. It will be open 7-11 p.m. Thursday through Sunday and Oct. 21-24 and 28-31.
New attractions include:
• The Hollywood Horror Corn Maze, which will test your knowledge of horror films and could send you to a scary "dead end" with a wrong answer.
• A Monster Truck ride, an off-road journey aboard a 28-passenger truck along hairpin turns.
• A new Werewolf Chamber, to introduce visitors to "the blood-curdling side of werewolves."
Other attractions include a 3-D Circus, Phobia Frights, the Mindbender, the Butcher House and a mechanical bull ride. Events include a Psychic Fair and comedic hypnotist Tom Kruger. And the Trail of Terror itself features more than 2 1/2 miles of frightening effects.
Tickets at the gate will be $18.95 for adults and $12.95 for children age 5-11, but they can be purchased for $3 less at Walgreens or online at www. trailofterrorfest.com. The Monster Truck ride is $10.
The Trail of Terror is at 3525 145th St. West in Shakopee.
Folk duo Patchouli will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lakeville Area Arts Center.
Musicians Bruce Hecksel and Julie Patchouli performed at the 2009 Lakeville Art Festival to a standing-room-only crowd. Their music incorporates elements of flamenco, jazz and world beat rhythms and features multiple instruments, including acoustic guitar, upright bass, marimbas, flutes and hand drums.
Audience favorites are their original compositions featuring Spanish and classical guitar as well as classics like "Sounds of Silence."
Tickets are $15. They are available at the Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Av., or by calling 952-985-4640. Or order online at www.lakeville-rapconnect.com.
Northfield's first Market Fair Fall Festival is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday along the Cannon River, hosted by the Riverwalk Market Fair, which runs every Saturday from June through October.
This harvest celebration will be a family-oriented event featuring hands-on activities such as pumpkin painting, wool-spinning demonstrations, apple-cider pressing and scarecrow making.
Visitors will be able to stroll the Riverwalk enjoying fine art and crafts produced by regional artists. Vendors will offer fresh produce and artisan foods, along with canned pickles and jams and homemade candies, pies, scones and cookies. Live music will be provided.