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Lurking zombies

October 29, 2012

Paul Regula, above, leads the zombies through downtown Wapakoneta in a Bayliff and Eley Funeral Home hearse.

An invasion of apocalyptic proportions resulted in fun for all involved Saturday afternoon down the middle of Auglaize Street.

Kids A Priority of Wapakoneta (KAPOW) held its third annual Zombie Walk and attracted 80 zombies for a good cause.

“It is bigger than last year, which is nice,” KAPOW President Mark Selvaggio said. “We always hope to add a few more every year.”

Money raised from the event goes to the DARE program’s general fund and is used for general costs for DARE Officer Sam Blank to fund the the program aimed at teaching fifth-graders about the problems with drugs and alcohol. Blank addressed the group of walking dead at the end of the event and thanked them.

“This is a great program and it is nice to see so many people willing to help,” Blank said.

The 80 zombies covered a wide array of dead, from musical talents such as Elvis and Keith Richards, from Cival War soldiers to siamese twins, from football players to cheerleaders.

Kaden Serrano, of Wapakoneta, said he had a lot of fun and was named the Best Boy’s Child Zombie Costume.

“I will do it again next year,” Serrano said. “I had a lot of fun.”

Other winners include Sandy Robbins, Robb  Mead and Brian Robbins as Confederate soldiers for Best Costume, Gleb Biederman for Best Adult Zombie Costume, Reed Kaverman for Best Zombie Walk, Lillian Hughes for Best Girl’s Child Costume, and Emily Freeman for Best Zombie Moan.

Selvaggio said the event is starting to draw a following as there was several familiar faces among the group.

“There was a positive response this year and I noticed several people who have been here before,” Selvaggio said. “We are getting people calling now about a couple weeks ahead and asking when it is. It is a lot of fun considering it was such a simple idea.”

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