Pauls Valley Democrat
There is still time to join the ranks of the undead swarm before it hits Pauls Valley later this month.
However, doing what they can to add their own touch to the downtown apocalypse on Saturday, Oct. 26 is the Main Street Pauls Valley board, especially President Jesse Alvarado and Vice President Shirl Montgomery.
They are excited to help step up efforts for the Living Dead Center Festival as former MSPV Director Samantha Robb went to volunteer status with her career change and improve by allowing various volunteers to have a larger ownership over said success.
“With last year kind of paving the way we can kind of maybe get this party going,” said Alvarado. “It’s a full day of activities planned for the whole family”
Alvarado noted while there was plenty of interest the previous year, they know they can do better and Montgomery agrees it won’t happen without being there and making sure the volunteers have everything they need in what will be pretty close to 24 hours of zombie related activities.
That means getting an early start that morning prepping the brain munching chase through the flag football inspired Zombie 5K Run to making sure there isn’t an empty seat as it wraps up with the costume accompanied showing of the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” at midnight.
“In a nutshell Jesse and I will be downtown all day… We’ll have a presence,” said Montgomery, adding how they are still recruiting volunteers as they will need every person they can get.
“As part of the executive board we want to take an active interest in every one of those committees and in all activities going on that day.”
Alvarado is considering getting his running shoes on and at least donating blood to the drive that will also be hosted that day.
He noted how volunteer spots are still needed for the rest of the events the public will enjoy including a poker run, a kid friendly Punkinpalooza, an undead parade around the downtown area, an undead fashion show and even try to make better what won awards last year at the state Main Street level.
Both Alvarado and Montgomery encourage anyone who might want to get involved to do so because it is not too late and welcome them to come to the next Main Street meeting at the PV Arts and Cultural Center, corner of Walnut and Paul streets, at 5:30 p.m. this evening.
They feel the event is worth it from the response they’ve seen so far through support expressed from people who have shown up for planning meetings and stated how they are thrilled these events are geared toward families.
“I think there’s a lot of excitement… it’s kind of fearful anticipation on my part and Jesse’s because it’s new to us, but those people are really excited about it,” said Montgomery.
“The people I talked to in Pauls Valley are excited about it… and going forward for those people who don’t really get into the zombie thing it is our hope that Main Street will be more active with other ideas that will bring other people out.”
Updates are available for those who want to follow progress on the event’s facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LivingDeadCenterFestivalZombie5kRun
People are also encouraged to call and leave a message by phone or request Rocky Horror tickets at 405-238-2555 or send an e-mail to email@example.com Registration for the Zombie run can be done at https://www.signmeup.com/site/online-event-registration/93394.
Montgomery can be contacted at 405-238-2745.