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New for Halloween 2021: Ventura County Fear Grounds

Have you been to the fair gounds at night? They’re…terrifying!”

So says Edward Marks (formerly of Halloween Horror Nights), who is the man behind Ventura County Fear Grounds, a multi-maze attraction making its debut for Halloween 2021. Visitors will encounter terror in three different haunts: The Cage, Terror Trail, and The Fright Train. Those who survive can wind down in the Dead End, which will feature a beer garden, food, live entertainment, and photo ops.

The event will take place at Ventura County Fair Grounds starting on Thursday, September 30th and continuing on weekends and select weeknights throughout October. General admission is $59; fast-pass tickets are $69; there are discounts for presales and for dates during the first two weekends of operation.

Ventura County Fair Grounds is located at 10 W Harbor Boulevard in Ventura. Their website is here. The official webpage for the event is here.

Read the press release for Ventura County Fear Grounds below…

Halloween is coming back with a vengeance. Ventura County Fear Grounds is Southern California’s newest major large-scale open-air haunt. Produced by renowned master of award-winning macabre experiences, Edward Marks (Universal Studios Hollywood “Halloween Horror Nights”), who has designed and created hundreds of haunted attractions worldwide, challenges guests’ bravery weaving through his latest terror-inducing creations. Conjured by CBF Productions and The Producers Group, this ominous affair with the undead will take place Surfer’s Point LIVE at the Ventura County Fairgrounds starting Thursday, September 30th.

“Ventura and the Ventura County Fairgrounds have a storied history of putting on spectacular Halloween haunts and festivities over the years, and we want to pay homage to that with our Fear Grounds,” says CBF Productions’ founder Vincenzo Giammanco. “Between the area’s rich enthusiasm for the holiday and the incredible efforts and award-winning talents from our production partner Edward Marks, we are incredibly honored by the potential Fear Grounds has to be Ventura’s most exciting and frightening event of the Halloween season.”

Visitor’s adrenaline will be set into overdrive as they make their way through a multitude of terrifying encounters, including:

    • The Cage: Your job is to survive, and their job is to stop you.
    • The Terror Trail: Evil has escaped! Apologies for the inconvenience – but if you stay on the trail, nothing will harm you. We have the matter under control!
    • The Fright Train: Enjoy a wild train ride through 100 fields of frights.
    • The Dead End: All attendees will have access to The Dead End, which will be filled with delicious treats, a beer garden filled with spirits (and not just drinks), live entertainment, and disturbing social media photo opts for those brave enough.

“I am looking forward to bringing the excitement, screams, and laughter to the Ventura community by reviving the haunt culture with Fear Grounds,” says The Producers Group Co-CEO and Founder Edward Marks. “Growing up in California, Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. I can’t wait for guests to test their fears at this one-of-a-kind beachside journey to another dimension.”

Fear Grounds opens Thursday, September 30th, and will take place each Thursday through Sunday from 6-10 PM on weeknights and 11 PM on Friday/Saturday. Guests have multiple ticketing options available for purchase. For the final week, Fear Grounds will be open from Tuesday, October 26th through Sunday, October 31st.

Tickets for Fear Grounds at Surfer’s Point Live are on sale now. For safety and comfort reasons, Fear Grounds is not recommended for pregnant people, people prone to seizures, or children under the age of 13. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, face coverings are strongly recommended for all attendees: however, costumes that cover the face are not permitted to be worn inside Fear Grounds attractions. The Ventura County Fairgrounds is located at 10 W. Harbor Blvd, Ventura CA, 93001. For tickets and more information, please visit https://www.surferspointlive.com/fear-grounds.

About CBF Productions

In 2020 when large public gatherings were rendered unsafe by COVID-19, CBF Productions pivoted and launched the first drive-in live music experience in California – Concerts In Your Car – at the Ventura County Fairgrounds and the Del Mar Fairgrounds. While the world was locked down, Concerts In Your Car SAFELY brought fans more shows than ANY other event or producer with live performances by The Beach Boys, Third Eye Blind, Snoop Dogg, Ziggy Marley, Tower of Power, and more.  They continue to lead the pack by bringing top-name talent to their acclaimed live, drive-in, theatre-in-the-round-style, and socially distanced entertainment option.  From their legendary Boots & Brews Country Music Festivals to Tequila & Taco Festivals, Winter Wine Walks, and more, CBF’s visionary events have been on the forefront of the food/drink and music festival circuit for over 12 years. For more information on CBF Productions, visit www.CBFproductions.com.

About The Producers Group

The Producers Group (TPG) is a premier provider of production and design services for destination attractions worldwide. TPG specializes in turnkey attractions, production management, technical design, and content development for everything from small projects to entire theme parks. TPG creates the most amazing attractions and guest experiences worldwide by redefining the industry standard. TPG maintains a full-time, in-house staff of highly trained Show Producers, Project Managers, Technical Directors, Technical Managers, Technical Documentation Support Staff, and Specialized Designers of all disciplines. Visit www.producers-group.com

About Edward Marks

Edward has a distinguished haunt pedigree, having designed and produced literally hundreds of haunted attractions all over the world.  To many, he is known for bringing the first Western-style haunted attraction to Japan in 1995 (The Hollywood House of Horrors).  He also served as Show Producer and Creative Director for 1997 and 1998’s Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights.  He worked directly with writer Clive Barker on his first haunt attraction – Freakz.  Edward also was a Ghost Town Street Performer at Knotts Scary Farm from 1990 to 1995.

Edward was also a founding board member of the International Association of Haunted Attractions (now The Haunted Attraction Association).

Steve Biodrowski, Administrator

A graduate of USC film school, Steve Biodrowski has worked as a film critic, journalist, and editor at Movieline, Premiere, Le Cinephage, The Dark Side., Cinefantastique magazine, Fandom.com, and Cinescape Online. He is currently Managing Editor of Cinefantastique Online and owner-operator of Hollywood Gothique.