Try to sur­vive the 2nd an­nual Zom­bie Ad­ven­ture

Tillsonburg News - - FRONT PAGE - Chris ab­boTT

Will you be a sur­vivor? Or in­fected by the zom­bies?

Or maybe you want to vol­un­teer to be one of the zom­bie sin Till son bur g’ s 2nd an­nual Zom­bie Ad­ven­ture, pre­sented by the Till­son­burg & Area Op­ti­mist Club at Me­mo­rial Park on Satur­day, Sept. 23.

“We’re ex­cited to do it again,” said Op­ti­mist Club’s Lind­say Mun­roe, a mem­ber of the or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee. “We had a lot of the com­mu­nity ask­ing us to do a sec­ond round, so we’ve taken a lot of the feed­back we got last year and we’re try­ing to make a few tweaks this year.”

New this year, en­try into Me­mo­rial Park’s Zom­bie Ad­ven­ture stag­ing area is free on the 23rd with fun ac­tiv­i­ties planned from 1-5 p.m.

“For any­one who wants to come and check us out,” said Mun­roe. “If you want, you can cheer on peo­ple go­ing out on the Ad­ven­ture, and just hang out if you don’t want to do it. Last year en­trance to the park was only if you were par­tic­i­pat­ing. This year, any­body can join us, but paid par­tic­i­pants are the ones who go around the trail on the Ad­ven­ture.”

The first heat leaves Me­mo­rial Park at 2 p.m., and they will be fol­lowed by waves of par­tic­i­pants ev­ery 15 min­utes un­til 3:45 p.m.

“It gives ev­ery­body a chance to have a sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ence out there rather than hav­ing peo­ple all grouped to­gether.

“Some peo­ple don’t want to go in the first heat, so we’re kind of spread out right now. We still have room in most of the heats to join. It’s funny - some want to be the first ones out, and some want to stay back and wait un­til the third or fourth heat.”

Each par­tic­i­pant will have a limited num­ber of lives - spe­cial life rib­bons that zom­bies will be seek­ing. Lose your lives, and your ad­ven­ture is over, al­though you are wel­come to con­tinue on the Ad­ven­ture un­til com­ple­tion of the course. Sur­vivors re­ceived a spe­cial ‘sur­vivor’ cer­tifi­cate last year.

“If you want to bring cash, there will be ex­tra lives you can pur­chase out on the trails, as well as wa­ter,” mun­roe noted. new this year, do­na­tions can be made to the Help­ing Hand Food bank, which will also earn you an ex­tra life rib­bon.

“Par­tic­i­pants are en­cour­aged to bring a food bank dona­tion and they get an ex­tra life which they can use out on the trail, so it gives them more chances of re­turn­ing with three lives.

“Some peo­ple lost their lives very quickly last year... our zom­bies were good at strate­giz­ing. so hope­fully this give par­tic­i­pants an ex­tra ad­ven­ture, as well help top up the food bank be­cause i know they’re get­ting low at this time of year.”

Tick­ets are $25 for adults at the gate, or $20 in ad­vance. Chil­dren 12-and-un­der are $5.

Spe­cial rates ap­ply for fam­i­lies - $40 for two adult tick­ets in ad­vance and two chil­dren tick­ets. For ad­vance tick­ets con­tact till­son­burgzom­biead­ven­ture@gmail.com or fol­low them on Face­book (till­son­burg Zom­bie ad­ven­ture).

“So if you take ad­van­tage of the fam­ily pack­age - and get your tick­ets in ad­vance - you’d be get­ting your two chil­dren in free, which would be great. it’s a nice deal. We’re hop­ing to bring out more fam­i­lies this year. last year our youngest par­tic­i­pant was two years old and our old­est was in their 70s. We hit a large tar­get au­di­ence last year, so we’re hop­ing to do that again and bring in lots of peo­ple.”

The 2017 course, which mun­roe es­ti­mated about 40 min­utes in length for slow walk­ers, will be sim­i­lar to last year’s and uti­lize part of the town’s trail sys­tem, start­ing and fin­ish­ing in me­mo­rial park.

“It’s a good walk, not hilly. and it is walk­a­ble with strollers. peo­ple can do it at their own pace - they can walk it or run it.

“It’s a good fam­ily event. last year, there were some peo­ple who were a lit­tle ner­vous on their way out. def­i­nitely it was driven by the kids. some said, ‘i’m here be­cause my kid dragged me here.’ but i think what ev­ery­body said af­ter, the par­ents re­turned with just as much en­thu­si­asm as the kids.”

ZOM­BIE VOL­UN­TEERS

Zom­bie vol­un­teers are also in high de­mand.

“We’re al­ways look­ing for more zom­bie vol­un­teers,” said mun­roe. “dress up and be zom­bies! We do pro­vide the makeup for zom­bies, if they wish, or they can do their own. We have Fan­shawe Col­lege Hairstyling do­ing all of our makeup this year. so if you want to vol­un­teer, con­tact us via email or the Face­book page - that’s the best way to get in touch with us for vol­un­teers or tick­ets.

“Hav­ing it in septem­ber, we’re hop­ing it won’t be as hot as it was last year (in July),” mun­roe added.

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