Zombies invade Harmar Village for festival

Photo by Jeffrey Saulton Emma Holbert and Ava Holbert won first place in the children’s zombie costume as the Grady Twins from “The Shining.”

MARIETTA — Zombies from across the Mid-Ohio Valley gathered in Harmar Village for the annual Marietta Zombie Fest on Saturday.

Courtney Knoch, of the Marietta Zombie Fest, said the event ran for nine hours from Saturday afternoon into the late evening, with bands, comedians, dance troupes and costume contests for children to adults.

Megan Miller, of Vienna, said she and her husband Jeremy had the whole family out for the festival.

“It’s fun and something to do as a family,” she said.

“It’s a love for horror flicks and zombie movies and the whole zombie genre,” Jeremy said. “It all started before The Walking Dead.”

Photo by Jeffrey Saulton Getting ready for the Zombie Fest were, from left, Lisa Robinson, Chris Brown, Ellie Brown and Lexi Brown, all of Marietta.

Miller said they have been part of the zombie fests in the area for five years but this year was the first year they had their youngest child with them.

Sarah Dennis, of Marietta, was not part of the festival last year but decided to come out for this year. She said her goal was to win the costume contest in which she placed second two years ago.

“I want to win this year, I kind of went all out for this,” she said of her jester zombie costume. “I learned how to do this so we’re back with a vengeance. I put it together last night from all sorts of things I had.”

With her were Lorena Cratsenburg as a zombie clown, and Courtland Gibbs, as a zombie with most of his face gone. Dennis said she came with the ideas for the costumes they were wearing.

“I like to practice on them, “ she said. “It’s fun.”

Photo by Jeffrey Saulton Sarah Dennis, left, of Marietta, came to the Zombie Fest at Harmar Village on Saturday as a jester zombie and created the makeup for Lorena Cratsenburg’s zombie clown, middle, and for Courtland Gibbs, right, as a zombie.

Emma and Ava Holbert won the children’s costume contest as the Grady Twins from “The Shining.”

“It’s our first time,” they said.

Judy Phillips, of Marietta, and her grandson, Liam, of Alliance, Ohio, came to the Marietta Zombie Fest for the first time.

“He’s dressed like a ’60s style jester and I’m the mad or crazy scientist,” she said.

Photo by Jeffrey Saulton Lia Shankland was a grisly zombie at the Zombie Fest on Saturday.