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October 16, 2011

Zombie Walk headed for Somerset

Somerset — It’s nearly time to do the zombie shuffle, Somerset.

This week, hundreds of the slow-moving, brain-eating creatures are set to descend upon the city limits in what’s being deemed the “Zombie Walk in Downtown Somerset.”

“I’m a big fan of scary movies and zombies,” said event organizer Wynona Padgett, promotions and community affairs director with Clear Channel-Lake Cumberland, about how the idea for the walk developed.

It turns out that zombie walks are a fairly common occurrence in larger metropolitan cities across the U.S., including Louisville, which held its own walk in late August.

A quick Google search of the term “zombie walk” brings up articles outlining the preparations for this month’s zombie walks in cities like San Diego, Calif., Jacksonville, Fla. and Augusta, Ga., to name a few.

And it looks like Somerset’s zombies may rival some of the larger cities in participation, if the event’s Facebook page is any indication. As of Saturday afternoon, 347 people had confirmed their attendance.

“I'll be there, (too) old to be a fast zombie so I will be a slow one. Bringing most of my family,” said one Facebook user. “This is great.”

Padgett said the reaction from the community has been significant, and she said so many have pledged their commitment to walking the zombie walk that she’s still working out some details about the route through downtown Somerset.

“I’ve got some logistics to work out in the next couple days,” Padgett said.

The excitement level is so high that Padgett said she’s already been asked about next year’s walk.

“There are several people that hope it will do that well,” she said. “But only time will tell.”

The walk is set for 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. this Thursday, Oct. 20, in downtown Somerset, but the event will kick off at the Pulaski Court of Justice Plaza with a “zombie meet and greet” at 6 p.m., a “Thriller” dance-off led by the Southwestern High School Cheerleaders and Dance Team from 7 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. and a performance by the band “Freddy & the Cruegers.”

“I'm super excited about this!!” stated another fan of the upcoming event on its Facebook page. “Been inviting everyone and (going to) have a nice little group myself!”

A zombie costume contest is also planned.

Padgett said attendees are not required to dress up as a zombie to attend, but she said it’s highly encouraged and noted that only those who are dressed up should participate in the actual zombie walk.

“If you want to participate in the zombie part, you have to look like the undead,” she said.

The zombie walk is exactly as it sounds. Participants will shuffle and moan their way through downtown Somerset in full zombie costume.

“(D)ear fellow zombies, don't forget you can't get enough blood makeup,” said one Facebook user.

And as scary as it sounds, the zombie walk is a family-friendly event.

“Totally coming! Bringing some miniature zombies as well!!!” exclaimed one event attendee on its Facebook page.

Padgett said the age range will be an especially interesting thing to see, noting she’s received confirmations from older adults to parents who have stated their young children are excited about the event.

“The more people that dress up, the more fun it will be,” Padgett said.

The night will close with a free showing of the original “Night of the Living Dead” movie in the judicial center plaza at 9 p.m.

And although the event is free, organizers will be taking donations for the “Pulaski Goes Pink & Purple” fundraising campaign for Domestic Violence and Breast Cancer Awareness. 

The event is being sponsored by Clear Channel-Lake Cumberland.

For more information, visit the “Zombie Walk in Downtown Somerset” Facebook page. 

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