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October 11, 2013

Third-annual Zombie Walk downtown this Saturday

Somerset —

For the last two years, Somerset’s Zombie Walk has proven to be a “Thriller” for local enthusiasts of the creepy and kooky.
Good news, fans: The celebration of the undead lives on this weekend.
The third-annual Zombie Walk Weekend will be held in downtown Somerset on Saturday, and organizers have scared up a horde of vendors, entertainment acts, and fun activities for all ages.
“This year’s Zombie Walk has gotten really big,” said organizer Wynona Padgett, of Clear Channel-Lake Cumberland, before quipping, “It’s going to be a zombie apocalypse.” 
The event has steadily grown in popularity — last year, approximately 2,000 people took part, helping kick off the Halloween season. 
This year, Padgett expects those numbers could grow even greater — around 500 people have already RSVP’ed to the event’s Facebook site.
Padgett attests the popularity of zombies to screen hits like the television show “The Walking Dead” and movies like the classic “Night of the Living Dead” and last summer’s blockbuster “World War Z.”
“It’s just something people enjoy,” she said. “Zombies are not demonic. They’re not real. People look at them as something funny. There are as many funny zombie movies, like ‘Shaun of the Dead,’ as there are scary ones. When I watched them as a girl, they scared me to death, but now it’s comical.”
It can also be educational. Padgett noted a “political state-ment” compon-ent to the zombie phen-omenon — understanding the ways gover-nments and societies react to quickly-spread-ing health thr-eats. The Cent-ers for Disease Control and Prevention have even dealt with the subject of a zombie outbreak in offering info-rmation to the American public — even though actual zombies are just a work of fiction, the ways in which they’re created (say, radioactive fallout or an uncontrolled virus) have real-life implic-ations.

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