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Trinity Ledford and Christian Gardner pulled out all the stops for these terrifying zombie getups.
Photo by Matthew Hundley

Originally published: 2012-10-24 16:52:33
Last modified: 2012-10-24 16:52:33

Hordes of undead attend ZombieFest for Hunger

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Legions of rotting, disfigured monsters descended on Hugh Chapman Center for Families on Friday, Oct. 19, for the inaugural ZombieFest for Hunger, organized by the staff of Williams YMCA of Avery County in an effort to collect food for RAM Food Pantry, raise funds for YMCA youth programming and provide a great time for all of Avery County’s undead residents.
With more than a hundred attendees, ZombieFest collected 75 boxes of cereal and more than $250 for YMCA youth programming. More than 70 of those attendees also participated in multiple rounds of zombie tag, after which one human stood as the lone survivor and one zombie stood out as the most ravenous for human flesh.
Weston Hargis, 10, managed to evade the hordes of zombies, reach all of his objectives and return to the Hugh Chapman Center, earning himself one of the festival’s specially designed zombie trophies. The other trophy went to Stevie Leninger, 17, who managed to infect more innocent humans with the zombie plague than any other undead of the evening.
Infecting humans was not the only measure of participants’ zombie aptitude. A brain-eating contest also pitted zombie against zombie in race to see who could down a human brain the quickest. Once the gore cleared, Marc Naumowich emerged as the winner, with Billy Aycoth coming in a close second.