Ready Rowan and annual Downtown Zombie Walk

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 1, 2015

Ready Rowan Night on the town is Friday.  Join us for this giant scavenger hunt throughout downtown to build your own Family Disaster Supply Kit on Friday, October 2, 2015 from 5 – 9  p.m.   Get your free green drawstring “go bag” from our tent in front of Wells Fargo on South Main Street.

If it rains the pick-up tent will be moved indoors to the lobby of the Visitors Center (204 E. Innes St).

Follow your map to visit each numbered location which each have an item for your bag. One bag per family while supplies last. Please only fill your bag with one of each item. If you visit a location that has an item already in your bag continue on to the next. Bring your completed bag back to registration in front of Wells Fargo.

The scavenger hunt includes items such as band-aids, antiseptic spray, SPF 15 lip balm, compass, emergency whistle, mylar thermal blanket, poncho, P38 can opener, thermal and regular cup, emergency glow stick, survival booklets and more.

During your hunt, be on the lookout for GOLDEN TICKETS hidden throughout downtown in various locations. If you find a GOLDEN TICKET bring it to the registration tent by 9  p.m. and win Downtown Dollars instantly.   Visit  Facebook  or  Twitter  day of the event for photo clues where to find golden tickets.

The annual Downtown Salisbury Zombie Walk is bigger and better than ever this year    In its 6th year, the zombie walk has become a destination event attracting in 2015 a crowd of 1,200+ locals and visitors, some traveling as far as Myrtle Beach and Georgia. In 2015 the festival area has been expanded to include East Fisher Street along with the large parking lots off of S Lee Street between E. Fisher and E. Innes. The festival has also been moved from a Friday evening to a Saturday from 1 – 9 p.m. It will feature more bands playing throughout the day, expanded ticket offerings, door prizes, a kids activity zone and much more

Special guests  at this year’s zombie walk feature another pair of faces as seen on the worldwide television thriller AMC’s “The Walking Dead.”  Savana Wehunt  appears in many episodes in season three of “The Walking Dead” as she served as the photo body stunt double for the character “Penny” — a.k.a. the Govenor’s zombie daughter. Wehunt also served as a stand in, stunt double and body double for Chandler Riggs (Carl) and Madison Lintz (Sophia). In addition to the TV series, she was also chosen by Greg Nicotero to be in “The Walking Dead” webisodes on the AMC website.

Our other special guest is  Santiago Cirilo.  Cirillo portrayed Julio in season 4 of “The Walking Dead” a mysterious character in the C block of the prison seen in several scenes at that location involving characters Tyreese, Glen and Maggie as they were escaping. Cirilo is also a  U.S. Army Infantry Veteran, Martial Artist, Actor, from hit films, and television shows.

The Downtown Salisbury Zombie Walk is full of ghoulish fun for all but at its foundation it is a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Rowan County and Mr. Mike’s Food Pantry. Ticket proceeds and T-shirt sales will go to benefit those worthy organizations as well as Downtown Salisbury Inc., the hosting organization, which is also a nonprofit 501c3 organization.

Zombie Walk tickets  will be  available for purchase at registration day of the event, located on E. Fisher Street besides Thread Shed Clothing (133 S Main St.  Tickets include: a 4-minute zombie makeover by professional makeup artists, souvenir glow-in-the-dark event cup, and five raffle tickets for door prizes given away throughout the event live on stage.

$10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. Save $2  by bringing canned food items to be donated to Mr. Mike’s Food Pantry. Must have canned goods present at time of purchase at registration to be eligible. Minimum of two cans per ticket to receive the discount.

Schedule of Events (subject to change)

1 p.m.  –  Registration opens on East Fisher Street

2 p.m.  –  Band – October

3 p.m.  –  Band – Made of Monuments

3:45 p.m.  –  Live Q&A session on stage with Santiago and Savana plus door prizes

4:30 p.m.  –  Band – 3 Quarters Dead

5:15 p.m.  –  Zombie limbo contest plus door prizes

5:45 p.m.  –  Band – The Graveyard Boulevard

6:30 p.m.  –  Time Warp presented by  Lee Street Theatre  plus door prizes

Rocky Horror showing Oct. 29-31 and Nov. 5-7 at Lee Street Theatre. Tickets on sale Oct. 1.

7 p.m.  –  Make-up sessions ends & pre-walk announcements

7:30 p.m.  –  Walk begins at stage area  ***Event schedules and maps will be provided at registration including the route of the walk.

8:30 p.m.  –  Walk ends at stage area and costume contest winners announced

9 p.m.  –  Thriller Dance Flash Mob

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