The last few weeks of October were mighty scary at the Sherman County Fairgrounds as Northwest Kansas Technical College hosted their annual Haunted House. The event was held in the livestock building and was packed full of killer clowns, scary dolls and a whole host of creatures to keep event goers thrilled.
The college’s Engineering & Drafting Technology department has served as host for the event as a way to raise funds and food for Genesis of Sherman County, a local non-profit food pantry. Over the years the haunted venue has expanded, and through the help of a $5,000 grant provided by the Hansen Foundation, it was moved into a larger (and scarier!) facility at the fairgrounds. The grant allowed the department to purchase more supplies, materials, and costumes to make it scarier.
The Haunted House was a tremendous success with 483 cans of donated food, $1,825 raised and 1,111 people braving the harrowing event. That compares to 150 cans donated, $300 raised, and 450 attendees in 2015.
Michael Zimmerman, Northwest Tech Engineering & Drafting Technology Instructor, was the primary organizer of the event. He said “This event was a great opportunity to allow Northwest Tech students the chance to volunteer for something much bigger than the Haunted House itself.” He went on to say “These students participated in a fundraiser for an organization that gives back so much to this community and we all gladly put in a little extra time, energy and screams in order to help out Genesis of Sherman County.” To the Goodland community he was sure to say, “Thank you for letting us frighten and scare you all in the name of helping those in need.”
Northwest Kansas Technical College was established in 1964. The mission of Northwest Tech as an institution of higher learning is to prepare individuals for gainful employment in technical and professional careers, productive personal lives, and lifelong learning. Northwest Kansas Technical College is on the Web at www.nwktc.edu.