The Zombies Have Risen

So you may have heard a rumor that us zombies are dead. We’re not – I mean, we’re undead, but still very much up and shambling. Thing is, we were never asked before those rumors started flying. So now we’re here to set the record straight and to let you know what’s going on with this year’s event. However, before we get to that – there is some truth to these rumors, so let’s talk about that first.

Recently, we had a fundraising event (the Zombie Prom), which was a ridiculous amount of fun. Throughout this, and the spreading rumors, we’ve been asked multiple times why an event like ours would need to raise funds. The fact is, we incur absurd amounts of costs by throwing the Zombie Walk, and have consistently kept this cost away from our thousands of fans and attendees – keeping it as a completely free event for you. We want to keep doing that for you guys. In the past we’ve tried to rely on the generosity of community supporters and business owners in town to help us cover some of the costs of the Walk. To be blunt: this has never been enough. We still cover thousands of dollars worth of costs out of our own pockets every year. In case you’re unaware of who runs the event you love year after year: we’re just normal people with a strong love of zombies.  We’ve intentionally stayed away from corporate sponsorships because we love Local Asheville, and we’re all very passionate about providing a fun, free, family-friendly event for our community. To answer the question of why we have to spend this money each year: throwing an event like this is not easy or cheap. We spend months setting up partnerships and trying to make deals, as well as work with the city council and police force to organize something that works for everyone. This means purchasing insurance, permits, police rentals, furniture rentals (tables and chairs), prizes for attendees, makeup costs, renting stages, renting audio equipment, website hosting, artists for poster and web design, promotional costs (fliers, posters, radio spots), and more.

We do not make money off of the Zombie Walk, we never have. In fact, we personally sink more time and money than we can afford into it each year.  Normally we keep this kind of information away from the public view and find a way to tackle these difficulties ourselves.   However, we’ve spent the better part of eight months this year attempting to pull together an event that will satisfy the city and our fans without completely bankrupting us, and it has not happened.  Why, you ask?  Because of a complete lack of community support. In order to gain this support, we feel like you, the fan and attendee, needs to know the challenges we face.  This is a call to action, and a request for your help. We have been turned down by venue after venue this year, or told that if we use a venue, we will not be given any way to make back the money we sink into the event.  Asheville has been showing us that they’re not that concerned with our plight, despite the fact that we had 3,000 attendees last year and get dozens of messages every week asking about this year’s event.  All is not lost, however, as a couple of wonderful local businesses (more on them in a moment) are actually helping to save the walk!

We want to keep going, and will fight to the end to keep giving you the quality event you’ve come to expect from us for almost a decade now, but right now we need your help. We need community support, we need your funding, we need your time, and frankly… we need your love. If you are a business owner and are willing to sponsor us in any way (including donating goods and services that we can raffle off or use directly), we want you. Please contact us. If you are an individual or group that wants to donate a dollar or two to our cause – literally, we would never have this problem if we received a dollar or two from each attendee every year – Just click this donate button:

Or if you have the same passion for events and zombies that we do and want to donate your time as a volunteer, please contact us here. We cannot keep the Zombie Walk going without your help. Be a part of an established and beloved community event that Keeps Asheville Weird.

Now let’s talk about the future. First of all, we are very happy to announce that we not only have an event for you guys this year, but are already working on a venue for next year.  As usual, our event is the second Sunday in October (the 14th this year), but it will be a little different for 2012.  We could not raise the support and funds in time for a full Walk this year, but still have an amazingly fun time planned for you. This year, we will be hosting a Zombie Pub Crawl in downtown Asheville. Before we go into the details of that, let’s go ahead and mention that the full Zombie Walk will return next year. Not only that, we have plans brewing (pun intended) to make this the biggest, most fun, and spookiest Zombie Walk yet!  With the support of Greenman Brewery, the Zombie Walk will have an outstanding venue to start from, a route very close to the heart of downtown – filled with spectators to scare, and we’ll even have room for awesome side events such as kids’ activities, and maybe even a spooky haunted brewery tour!

As for this year, let’s give you some details, shall we?

What: Zombie Pub Crawl and Pre-Party
When: Sunday, October 14th starting at 7pm
Where:  Starting at ZaPow Gallery, and continuing on to various bars around downtown (to be announced soon)
Details: The evening starts out with a Pre-Party courtesy of the amazing people at ZaPow from 7pm to 9pm. This party is all ages. However, it also involves beer – FREE beer. If you are considering bringing the kids, just keep in mind that there will be drinking, and that it’s also in an art gallery, so be sure you can be responsible and respectful with the space ZaPow has generously donated. If you are considering showing up as a minor and getting free booze: nope. We have real bartenders checking IDs. Sorry. But you can still have a wonderful time.  We’ll be having face painting, palm reading, live music, art viewing, zombie makeup, a raffle, and as much fun as we can fit into that space.

After that, we’ll be hitting the town! We’re currently working on getting bus transportation around  town (and if you or someone you know can help, please contact us!). As soon as we have a full list of participating bars, we will release them to you.  We’re also working on getting a late-night afterparty going, as well as some possible hotel deals for those coming from out of town or just don’t have a sober ride home and want a place to crash.
**PLEASE BE AWARE: We expect all participating zombies to cooperate fully with the law in this event. This means no drunk and disorderly contact, no clogging up the streets, and NO. DRUNK. DRIVING. Seriously, secure a ride home before planning to attend. We want you all to be safe, sound, have a fantastic time and be able to do it again with us next year!**

Lastly, we’d like to announce to the minors and families that we realize the latter part of this evening being a 21+ event is kind of a bummer. We’ve always tried very hard to provide an environment that is inviting to all ages, and we absolutely adore the zombie families. However, do not fret! We will continue to organize and host fundraisers throughout the coming year, and we will strive to make these events “all-ages” when possible.

Speaking of fundraisers, we’d like to thank our partners Multiverse / GeekOut and Stuff Monsters Like for their support, never-ending contributions, and for making things like last year’s Walk, this year’s Prom, and this year’s Pub Crawl possible.

Keep an eye on this blog for more info to come, and thank you for your support!

-The Asheville Zombies

About Jackie Bagwell

Jackie is an artist, a crafter, a web-dweller, and a robot. She is one of the head organizers of Ashtoberfest, and is involved in many online communities. You can connect with her on Google+

Posted on August 30, 2012, in Events, Zombie News and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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