• Sword swallowing, cockroach eating returns to Fright Fest at Six Flags

    By: Nelson Hicks


    AUSTELL, Ga. - Fright Fest returns to Six Flags Over Georgia for another season of frights, freak shows and flat-out disgusting competitions.

    The annual event is the amusement park's take on Halloween. There are new shows, new rides, Halloween decorations and creepy creatures wandering the park.

     Shows for Fright Fest 2012 include Baron Von Vile's Call to his Minions, Dr. Fright's Dead Man's Party, Grouchy Griswold the Insult Comic and Captain & Maybelle.

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    Nelson's News on wsbtv.com checked out the Captain & Maybelle show this year. The duo was featured on America's Got Talent, and now the pair perform a freak show for all those in attendance at Fright Fest. Captain Stabtuggoo swallows swords, swings objects from hooks placed in his eyes and spits fire. Maybelle hooks a chain to a piercing in her nose and swings a crate around the stage. She also sits in an electric chair as her partner switches on the power.

    There are several fearful frights for an additional cost, including Dr. Fright's Frightorium - it's a haunted house. There's the Terror Train, which is the same Six Flags train everyone has ridden, but it's upgraded with some haunting experiences. There's the Last Ride, too.

    "You actually get into a coffin, and it simulates you being taken to the grave site, dirt thrown on top of you," Brad Malone from Six Flags told Nelson's News. "You hear bugs, and you actually smell different scents while you're in there."

     For those seeking a more interactive adventure, there's a Madagascar cockroach eating contest each Saturday night after the Captain & Maybelle show. Three contestants are each given a roach. The first person to eat and swallow it completely wins a season pass to Six Flags.

     Six Flags Over Georgia is open Saturdays and Sundays in October. It's also open Friday, Oct. 26. The park is family friendly during the day. The freaks come out at night.

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