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Winfield's 'Madness in the Machine Shed' open for scaring season

GTNS photos by Gretchen Teske

Winfield’s “Madness in the Machine Shed” opened to the public Friday, Oct. 19. The madness will continue Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27, from 8 p.m. until 12 a.m. both nights.
GTNS photos by Gretchen Teske Winfield’s “Madness in the Machine Shed” opened to the public Friday, Oct. 19. The madness will continue Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27, from 8 p.m. until 12 a.m. both nights.
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WINFIELD — Fall is the perfect time to be outside, hang out with friends and visit a haunted house. At least Winfield thinks so.

The Winfield Community Betterment Group (WCBG) opened their fourth annual ‘Madness in the Machine Shed’ event on Friday, Oct. 19. The shed features 14 rooms and takes as many as 40 volunteers to ensure each night runs smoothly.

Ryan Kinneberg, a city council member and volunteer with the group, explained that the WCBG is a community fundraising organization. They do smaller fundraisers throughout the year with the haunted machine shed being their biggest.

In years past, the money raised went to projects such as sand volleyball courts and the Rick Rodgers Memorial Pool. This year the money is going toward projects at the veterans memorial.

He said preparation for the big event begins in September and continues up until the night of the event. He credits the 30-40 volunteers who show up every night to help with the project as the reason for its success.

Ross Buffington is one of those volunteers and knows first-hand how much work is needed to make over the shed every year. He said they change up the themes and layout of the rooms every year to maximize the scare effect they have on their guests.

“Everyone that comes through here says this is like an old school haunted house,” he said. “It’s a lot of man-made stuff because we build everything ourselves.”

While some haunted houses feature animatronics; Winfield’s only features volunteers hiding around corners, trapdoors and even in the ceiling. They have their own props and create all of their own scenery throughout the year.

Kinneberg says this is just one of the things that makes Winfield’s house better than others around. “There’s some theatrics to it but every year we try to make improvements to switch it up so it’s not the same thing every year,” he said. “It’s the best haunted house around.”

The madness continues this weekend Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27, from 8 p.m. until 12 a.m. The machine shed is located on the corner of Highway 78 and Nebraska Ave., across from Shellman Trucking.