“Anytime you think of a pandemic hitting the country, you think of (zombie movies),” said Padgett. “That’s why people always say, ‘I’m prepared for the zombie apocalypse because I have this and this and this.’”
The event appeals to people of all ages, Padgett noted. Last year, those who came dressed in zombie attire and face paint ranged from little infant zombies in strollers to at least one great-grand-mother.
Plus, “teenagers really like it,” said Padgett. “Sometimes it’s tough getting teens to dress up for events or be part of the crowd, and this is something they will do.”
Among the activities at this Saturday’s Zombie Walk Weekend:
• Padgett said that 54 vendors will be on hand, selling food, jewelry, purses, candles, and all manner of goods. Non-profit organizations will be among them too, working for good causes around the area. Vendors will be open on the judicial center plaza and adjacent parking areas from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
• Registration for the zombie motorcycle ride will start at 10 a.m. and the ride will begin at 11 a.m. The Somerset Junior Woman’s Club is sponsoring the ride to benefit the Lake Cumberland Children’s Advocacy Center.
Additionally, the Children’s Advo-cacy Center will receive fundraising from the former Science Hill Haunted House group’s make-up tent, where zombie fans can get their mugs painted up like their favorite ghouls.
• Four local bands — OneWay, Vagabond Blue, THEM, and Medusa Childe — will be performing starting at 3:45 p.m.
• At 3 p.m. is a dance class in the popular Michael Jackson “Thril-ler” routine from his 1980s music video hit. If you miss it, there will be a refresher at 8:15, and the “Thriller” dance at 8:20 at the judicial plaza for anyone who wants to join in. Britani Shoemaker of Pep and Pizzazz will be holding the instructional sess-ion.