Shepparton residents were left terrified as they came face-to-face with the undead in The Zombie Experience.ESTELLE GRIEPINK March 31, 2014 4:46am
Blood-curdling screams and hair-raising shrieks tore through the darkness at Shepparton Showgrounds on Saturday night.
An event not for the faint-hearted, The Zombie Experience invited people to the multipurpose pavilion and into the ‘‘Happy Dream Health Facility’’, which was said to be attacked by a zombie virus in 1963.
The 250 participants were told the doors had been bolted shut for decades to protect the public from the gruesome zombies.
Their mission was to get through the halls of the maze-like facility and make it to the other side alive.
More than 20 zombies with blackened mouths and glow-in-the-dark eyes rattled their cages and glared at the participants as they ran by.
Word and Mouth project manager Jim Gow said the event went ‘‘mindblowingly well.’’
‘‘We set the bar a fair bit lower than the response we got, but we actually had to turn people away,’’ Mr Gow said. ‘‘We had groups of teenage girls absolutely shrieking — I’ve never been so happy to hear screaming in my life.’’
Mr Gow said organisers Word and Mouth and The Bridge were ecstatic with the results. He said when he asked the participants whether they would attend another Zombie Experience, he was met with a resounding cheer.
‘‘We hired special-effects make-up artists and have spent months making props — so it was a really satisfying thing,’’ he said.
Mr Gow thanked all the helpers and sponsors and said he looked forward to hearing more feedback from the participants on social media about how the event could be improved.
Coca-Cola Amatil has confirmed it will be pressing on with its $100 million redevelopment of SPC Ardmona.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
A snake was spotted this afternoon.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
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