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Grand Opening of Night at the Haunted Museum October 2nd

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Riverside Discovery Center (RDC) will open the Night at the Haunted Museum exhibit this Friday October 2nd at 7pm at the old Wildlife World Museum in Gering. Now in its 27th year, Spooktacular has become so popular that RDC has expanded the spooky event to two locations. The exciting expansion will take place as the popular scary section (geared towards teens and adults) will now be held in the old Wildlife World Museum in Gering. “Night at the Haunted Museum” will be sure to give those looking for a terrifying thrill the spooky adrenaline rush they’re looking for!

“The scary section has gained so much popularity in recent years, moving to the old Wildlife World Museum made a lot of sense,” said Amber Schiltz, Education Curator.

RDC staff have spent months setting up inside the museum to create a spooky experience for anyone who enters. With over fifteen interactive and terrifying scenes, there is bound to be something horrifying for everyone. “Just creating the scary sections at the museum has been a creepy experience so far, everyone here is ready for the opening night so the public can experience the scariness for themselves!” said Schiltz.

Night at the Haunted Museum will run nine nights in October, including October 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 28, 29, and 30 and is located at 950 U Street, Gering, NE.   Price of admission to the spooky museum will be $7 per person, cash only, and parents are encouraged to leave children 12 and under at home. RDC will also be selling scary t-shirts to those who make it through the museum for $15. Spooktacular will run Thursday October 22nd through Monday October 26th, and the price will be $6.50 per person. After attending Night at the Haunted Museum, guests will receive a $1 off voucher for admission to Spooktacular, and vice versa. RDC would like to thank  the city of Gering for all their cooperation in the opening of this brand new spooky exhibit. RDC would also like to thank their new sponsors for the event: Next Generation Tax & Accounting, LLC, Julie’s Antiques, Menards, Lara & Prouty Family, Joe Dally The Mixing Bowl, First State Bank, Gering Auto Sales, Logoz,  Island & Huff PC, LLO & Vertex. For more information visit the Riverside Discovery Center’s Facebook page or call 308-630-6236.

Photo Contest Facebook

If you enjoy visiting Riverside Discovery Center and have snapped pictures on any of your visits, now is your chance to show off your photos! Now in its second year, the annual RDC Photo Contest has proved to be a fun chance for all photographers to show off their skills. There will be three categories for the contest including a “Mammal” category, a “Birds & Reptiles” category, and a “Visitor Experience” category. Contestants have a chance to win 1st, 2nd, 3rd and “Staff Favorite” in each category, along with the overall Best in Show of the entire contest.

This year all contestant photographs will be displayed on RDC’s Facebook page, allowing the community to help vote for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each category. Contest photos will be used to create the RDC 2016 calendar, which all contest winners will receive. The winner of Best in Show, chosen by RDC staff, will win the grand prize of a family membership to Riverside Discovery Center!

Anyone interested in entering the contest must enter no more than two high resolution pictures per person per category to Amber Schiltz at no later than October 29, 2015, along with a photo contest form.  Voting will take place on the Riverside Discovery Center’s Facebook page October 30 through November 12. Members of the community are encouraged to vote by liking their favorite pictures in each category. After voting ends on November 12, RDC staff will choose a “Staff Favorite” from each category and the overall “Best in Show” of the contest. Winners of the contest will be announced on Friday November 13, and will be able to pick up their prizes shortly after that.

For more information or to enter the contest, please see the entry form and rules below!

RDC Photo Contest Entry Form

RDC Photo Contest Rules


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