OTTUMWA — It’s not too late to take proper precaution against the imminent zombie takeover. It’s also not too late to join them.
The zombies will be invading Ottumwa Central Park on Saturday during the first Ottumwa Zombie Fest, but instead of running away from the scary, undead beings, humans will be flocking toward them. As crazy as it sounds, the zombies will be creating a lot of fun instead of death and destruction, and hopefully the weather cooperates to keep the undead happy.
“It sounds like it will be a nice day,” said Joni Elder, head of the Zombie Fest Committee. “There is a lot of excitement behind it.”
All of the action starts at 10 a.m. with tons of games available for the living and the undead. There will be a scavenger hunt, video-game contest, sack race and head toss available throughout the day, as well as a zombie outbreak challenge sponsored by the Ottumwa YMCA that will be held at the southeast quadrant of Greater Ottumwa Park. The outbreak challenge will cost three dollars to enter, but most of the other activities will be free.
Of course, there will also be costume contests for people and pets, as well as pumpkin carving and scarecrow contests. For the younger zombies, a bounce house and several fun games will be available to go along with professional face painting.
The day of the undead will wrap up with 5k and 10k run or walk, which costs $20 if you sign up early or $30 at the event, followed by a live band and showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show at midnight. Guests are also encouraged to attend the First Resources Haunted Hay Ride at Greater Ottumwa Park and Nightmare on 3rd Street at City Hall, both for a small fee.