5th annual ‘Zombie Walk’: Undead rise up for charity

Residents from all over the region, some from as far as Richmond, will limp through the city of Fredericksburg, decked out in zombified costumes and makeup for the fifth-annual Fredericksburg Zombie Walk, happening Saturday, Nov. 7, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Hurkamp Park.

The walk is not only a venue for fans of the undead to sport their best costumes, but will also collect cleaning supplies and canned goods for the Spotsylvania Emergency Concerns Association, S.E.R.V.E food pantries and Loisann's Hope House.

Food collections for the event, door prizes and the children's costume contests will begin at 3 p.m., followed by the walk at 4 p.m. Additional events, including the adult costume contests and prize drawings, will take place at 5 p.m., with the event ending at 6.

Registration is not required, although participants can sign up on the event's Facebook page.

Each participant is encouraged to bring non-perishable or canned food items, cleaning supplies or a roll of paper towels.

The event was the (uneaten) brainchild of the Mean Mommies Club, an area group whose goal for the event is to benefit our community's less fortunate through hard work and questionable humor, according to the group's Facebook page.

One of the members, Terri, had the idea while the group brainstormed ways to give back to the community, according to Rebecca Thomas-Albert, MMC vice president.

"[She] was adamant about doing something with zombies," Thomas Albert said.

After the group's first Fredericksburg Zombie Walk in 2011, which brought out nearly 400 zombies when the group only expected 10, the MMC made the Zombie Walk into a 501c3 charity organization.

During the walk in 2013, spectators and zombies alike donated more than 2,000 pounds of food for the local food pantries as well as a truckload of cleaning and household supplies for Loisann's Hope House. The group is hoping to increase those numbers this year.

With nearly 800 zombies signed up for the walk on the group's Facebook page, the number of people attending is also expected to rise.

"It's a thousand zombies shuffling down the streets," Thomas-Albert said. "It's always fun, and it's for charity."

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