‘Zombie Walk’ to rise again here

Staff

Just in time for the start of Season 5 of AMC’s popular TV series, “The Walking Dead,” on Sunday, Fort Frances will be seeing its own zombies walking the streets Saturday afternoon (Oct. 11).
The third-annual Fort Frances Zombie Walk is set go, starting at 2 p.m. at St. John’s Anglican Church.
People dressed as zombies, as well as zombie hunters and survivors, are urged to meet up there and then walk through town.
Starting at St. John’s, the group will head east on Church Street to Armit Avenue, then turn left to Second Street East.
Once there, they’ll head west to Central Avenue, where the group will stop to have fun playing out a skirmish between zombies and zombie hunters just as they did before.
The group then will proceed south to Scott Street, walk through the downtown area to Victoria Avenue, and head back to the church.
Participants will gather in the church basement to enjoy snacks. Prizes will be awarded for costumes.
The event is free and everyone is welcome.
Organizer Allan Yerxa Sr. said he’s hoping for a sizable turnout, noting about 50 zombies participated in 2012.
But that number was down to closer to 30 last year due to the cold, rainy weather.
Yerxa hinted that since the local zombie walk coincides with the premier of Season 5 of “The Walking Dead,” prizes will reflect that theme.
He credited Betty’s of Fort Frances for helping him get new Fort Frances Zombie Walk T-shirts and The UPS Store for making posters.
Looking ahead a couple of weeks, Yerxa said the Fort Frances Zombie Walk will be partnering with the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre to take part in a Hallowe’en Fashion Show–Zombie Cat Walk.
It is scheduled to take place Oct. 31 at 5 p.m. at the public library in conjunction with the inaugural “Trunk or Treat” event there.
“We’re going to get a bunch of zombies out over there to help them out,” Yerxa noted.
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