Zoe Bedford shows off her best zombie face at Pioneer Plaza Saturday morning after receiving the appropriate face make-up during rehearsals for next weekend’s World Record Dance. Mark Wilson Photo
Roswellians are encouraged to trade in their alien costumes for zombie ones on Oct. 27 for the Zombie Walk Roswell and Thrill the World Roswell at Pioneer Park.
Saturday was rehearsal for the event and though it was a somewhat paltry crowd, Juliana Halvorson, one of the event’s organizers, said she’s more than confident many will come out for the actual event.
The dance starts at 1 p.m .and will be followed by the costume contest and Zombie Walk. The Zombie Walk will move south on Main Street and will cross over and end at the courthouse lawn.
This is the second year of the events and Halvorson said they had an outstanding turnout last year.
“Last year we had 185 dancers,” she said. “We had more dancers than Paris, France; we had more dancers than anyone in New Mexico. Albuquerque was the only other city that did it, and we had probably more than twice what they did. We were pretty happy with our turnout and expect to have more this year.”
She added that though they had an amazing showing last year, it’s not just about the numbers. All proceeds from the day will go to MainStreet Roswell, who will in turn split the money with the United Way Foundation.
Halvorson requests that everyone pre-register before Oct. 25. Registration will be available on the day of the event, but she said the process will run much faster if people pre-register online. Donations of $5 are required to register and those interested can visit zombiewalkroswell.com to sign up.
On the day of the event, everyone must check in so they can be assigned a number so that staff will have an accurate count as the city attempts to break a world record.
Participants of all ages are encouraged to attend and just have a good time.
“It’s just a really fun event in Roswell,” Halvorson said. “With this event, it just spans a variety of ages. We had dancers from 5 to 65 come last year. … It’s part of a world record, so I encourage people to come out. Even if they don’t want to dance, they can still come out and do the costume contest, or the Zombie Walk, or just watch.”
The day begins at 9 a.m. with various vendors and activities. Dallas Jeffers and others from the ENMU-Roswell Drama Department will be providing make-up on a first-come, first-serve basis.