Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

October 25, 2012

Coffin cruise, zombies still need bodies

Ezra Mann
Pauls Valley Democrat — For many getting ready for Main Street Pauls Valley’s Living Dead Center Festival this weekend, getting involved in the events scheduled is just a matter of finding one’s spooky muse.

In the meantime, Main Street Director Samantha Robb is still looking for participants for all of the activities on Saturday, Oct. 27, especially when it comes to the Coffin Cruise Soap Box Race.

A chance for kids 8-14 or teens 15-17, to participate in the first ever monster inspired derby, it has received some interest so far with some building the mini rides, but is still without official competitors as the day of the race looms.

“We were just tossing ideas around and sometimes crazy things come out of those brainstorms,” said Robb, adding how things like the race are just the beginning of the possibilities as the festival should become basically the Halloween version of BrickFest.

“The thing is we want to remind people we are trying to create as many for the whole family events as possible.”

Set to kick off after final registrations at 1 p.m. on the corner of Walnut Street and Paul Avenue, the race differs a bit from traditional soapbox races in that there is no hill in the downtown area, said Robb.

Instead, a one block section of Walnut will be designated for a two-individual team with one person pushing the cart and the other steering to the finish line for prizes in both divisions.

Since the racers will be under 18 they will need parental permission to race and each cart will have to pass inspection before the race starts to make sure man power really is the only thing moving the vehicle, said Robb. There will also be a $10 registration fee.

Another event where there is still plenty of room for ghoulish fun is the Zombie 5K Run starting at 9 a.m., where Robb has waived the late fees to encourage both the living and living impaired.

While people can sign up at the registration area near the PV Arts and Cultural Center, also at Walnut and Paul, on the day of the activity, it will help things move more efficiently if she can figure out how many human limb flags to make for humans or the number of zombie makeup jobs to complete for those without the facepaint.

“Early registration is a plus,” said Robb. “That helps us greatly.”

For those 14 and older it costs $30 for humans and a fee of $15 for the brain munchers in the 5K.

The rest of the days events include the Arts Council Monster Art and Glow Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the downtown Arts and Cultural Center, the return of the increasingly popular Zombie Flash Mob dance during the day and a Monsters Ball and Zombie Prom at 8 p.m.

There are also several $10 tickets for the interactive Rocky Horror Picture Show at midnight still available.

For more information on how to register early for events contact Robb by e-mail at or call 405-238-2555.