Zombies to roam Wapak this weekend

Zombies will soon be lurking through the streets of downtown Wapakoneta.

The third annual KAPOW Club’s “DARE to be a Zombie Walk” is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. on Saturday in downtown Wapakoneta. The walk is set to begin at Heritage Park, behind Auglaize Street shops, near the gazebo.

All are invited to dress up in their best zombie attire for the walk, which will be up and down Auglaize Street.

An organizer this year said there are new attractions added in an effort to grow the event each year.

“We really want it to grow,” KAPOW Vice President Nina Laney said. “It’s something fun that anyone in Wapak can get into.”

Zombie walks started in cites, such as New York City and Ontario, Canada, and now have grown into events held across the U.S.

“They (zombie walks) are huge, and we would like ours to grow,” Laney said. “This is a place where lots of families come together,”

From youth to adults, this walk is open up anyone, as it is designed as a family event.

From a zombie construction worker to a zombie doctor, Laney said people are creative when it comes to their attire for the evening.

Make-up, fake blood and torn clothes are a few items that will be sported during the event.

The walk is free, but donations of $1 or more will be accepted.

At last year’s walk, approximately $300 was raised.

All of the proceeds from this event go toward the Auglaize County DARE Program, which is headed by Deputy Sam Blank.

Blank uses the money raised for his DARE programs for school-aged students in Auglaize County.

New to this year’s event will be a hearse, which will be driven by Paul Regula of Bayliff and Eley Funeral Home in Wapakoneta.

“That will be a nice effect to the walk,” Laney said.

Also new this year are zombie hunters.

There will be at least one, to a couple, zombie hunters, dressed up in camouflage, with nerf guns, on call to “attack” the zombies.

KAPOW Club President Mark Selvaggio typicall brings his megaphone that will have zombie sound effects for walkers.

“It’s fun for the kids,” Laney said. “Everyone gets into that.”

The Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerce will be providing music over the downtown speakers, including “Monster Mash” and “Thriller.”

The KAPOW Club will be giving away free t-shirts to winners of a voted on contest, including best zombie attire, best zombie walk, best zombie moan, etc.

Zombie Walk t-shirts will also be available for purchase at the event for $10, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Auglaize County DARE Program.

Laney noted people, who are not participating in the walk, are still welcome to come downtown during the walk to watch the zombies.