2016-10-20 / Front Page

Trail of Terror returns

By Sam Tunningley

FLUSHING — Prepare for another frightening night in the forest – the third annual Trail of Terror is back this Saturday, October 22, to haunt the Riverview Trail between the hours of 7 and 10:30 p.m.

As in the past, the event is a fundraiser for the Riverview Trail, and was organized over several months by the trail’s subcommittee. The ghouls, zombies and other assorted creeps are all volunteers from the Flushing and Genesee County Area.

Greg Palinksy, co-chairman of the Riverview Trail subcommittee, said the Trail of Terror is a large group effort sprung from a conversation four years ago with Flushing School Board Vice President Salvatore Ausiello, who had expressed interest in the idea and gave the committee a “jumpstart” to forge ahead.

Its reputation has only grown since the inception, becoming one of Flushing’s most hotly anticipated events, selling out the last two years and drawing crowds in excess of 900 people in a 3-hour span. Palinsky said volunteers and members of the committee begin setting up around 8 a.m. and usually finish all the necessary cleaning up and tearing down by 2 a.m. the next morning.

Bueche’s Food World parking lot, a main sponsor, will be the starting point for the trail this year. School buses will be waiting to transport guests to a location near the bridge in Riverview Park and walkers will proceed to the bridge and follow a “survivalist specialist” down the trail. It is $10 per person, and the duration of the three-quarter mile walk is around 20 minutes.

This year, the money will be put in to a Patronicity fund – a site similar to GoFundMe – to re-deck the boardwalk with composite materials. The launch for the project, an entirely crowdfunded endeavor with a goal of $50,000, was on Monday.

“It is a true community event,” said Palinsky. “The community makes it happen.”

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