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By James Spainhower
For The Sentinel 

Racing coffins on the way

 

Contributed: Erick Ruthardt

DYING TO RACE: Board members of Spooky, Inc. have worked hard to guarantee this year's Trunk or Treat festivities will be memorable. From left to right, Jason Erhardt, Tamra Erhardt, Kim Methe. James Spainhower, Jack Methe, and Deanna Luth seated in coffin.

Celebrated actress Sarah Bernhardt was said to have slept in one. Edgar Allan Poe feared resting in one prematurely. Soon, Goldendale will host an event in which wheeled coffins compete for the fastest time.

Dubbed the Henry Timmerman Fireball Express Coffin Race, the concept of such a unique competition seemed a natural fit for Goldendale's traditional Trunk or Treat festivities, held on the Saturday one week before Halloween. According to Jack Methe, who along with his wife Kim, manage The General Store and host Trunk or Treat, talk was had in 2014 to expand the celebration into daytime events. An internet search sparked his interest.

"I came across the Manitou Springs (Colorado) event....



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