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The dead rise again this weekend.
Night Risers runs from Friday to Sunday to build on the Zombie Fest that launched last year and is scheduled to take place again next month.
Night Risers teams up for the first time with a film festival and horror-related festivities at Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown.
Many are interested in zombies and horror, and organizers wanted to bring an event to the community that would allow residents to celebrate that without traveling, said John Thompsett, an event organizer who also was one of the planners behind last year’s Zombie Fest. The first event drew between 800 and 1,000 undead and warm-blooded enthusiasts, he said.
“We weren’t sure what the reaction was going to be with the turnout,” he said. “It was totally mind-blowing, really.”
There is need for expanded festivities this year with bigger and better attractions, Thompsett said.
Independent films, mostly of the horror genre, play each day of the event.
The event starts at 5 p.m. Friday and includes a doom buggy and belly dancing. Tickets for a Jane Rose and the Dead End Boys concert are available for $15, and paranormal investigation tickets for a trip to Morrison Lodge are $25.
Saturday events beginning at 11 a.m. include a doom buggy, a Scooby Doo and the Mystery Crew appearance and a silent auction.
A Zombie Fest also is that day at Pritchard, featuring a zombie walk, costume contest, brain eating contest and “Thriller” dance-off.
Sunday festivities begin at 11 a.m. and include a magic show, a haunted Harley motorcycle ride, Scooby Doo and the Mystery Crew and a doom buggy.
That day also is planned to include a “Viva! Dead Vegas Wedding” at noon. Couples interested in being married in a macabre-style ceremony can do so for $100. Thompsett said he has heard so far from one couple looking to be joined in unholy matrimony that day, and there may be more.
“We’re trying to create something that’s just fun,” he said.
Tickets are $10 per day. Tickets for the Zombie Fest are $5 and can be upgraded for another $5, if visitors later decide they want to take part in other activities.
Visitors can take $1 off the regular ticket price, up to $5, for each food item donated to Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland.
The event also is expected to benefit Operation Resilient Warrior, Parents Left Behind, Warm Blessings and the Girl Scouts.
Amber Coulter can be reached at 270-505-1746 or email@example.com.