Zombie fest revived

DEWEY BEACH — Turns out zombies will roam the streets of a coastal Sussex County town after all.

The Milton Theatre announced Monday Dewey Beach’s northbeach will hold the annual Zombie Fest next month. It will take place Oct. 19.

The future of the event appeared in doubt earlier this year after the theater failed to reach an agreement with Milton to host it this fall.
However, several companies offered to assist organizers, The theater has partnered with Highway One Companies to bring new life to the event.

The 2018 fest, the fifth iteration of the annual event, drew almost 5,000 people, according to organizers.

“We are thankful for our friends at Highway One Companies for opening the doors of their iconic Dewey Beach venues for Zombie Fest,” Milton Theatre Executive Director Fred Munzert said in a statement. “We can’t wait for our horde of the undead to invade one of the region’s most lively towns!”

In initially canceling the fest in August, organizers wrote on Facebook they were stymied by restrictions from the town and logistical concerns.
“In order to accommodate an expected bigger crowd this year and to make it viable as a FREE event (and keep it downtown), we requested to have a portion of Union St. closed for the festival.

Haunting the night

“The plan to have the stage, vendors, and food trucks on the street was not approved.
“We have tried to dramatically ‘downsize’ the event several times to adhere to the restrictions, but we came to the conclusion that it will be too downgraded that it will no longer be able to pay for itself and still contribute to the charities involved.”

The event will be held at northbeach from 4 to 8. At 8, the zombie walk will move the party to Bottle & Cork (for adults only).
The festival previously took place at the Milton Historical Society on Magnolia Street.

The event is set to include live music from Lower Case Blues, Indian River Band, Kategory 5 and more. Also present will be food vendors, retail merchants, zombie makeup stations, a children’s section, a costume contest and the zombie car contest.

Tickets are $10, and children 12 and under enter free.

Organizers are still accepting sponsors, food vendors and merchants for the event.

The festival supports the Milton Theatre Capital Campaign, Milton Public Library, Milton Fire Department and Milton Community Food Pantry. Tickets and further information are available at Miltontheatre.com.

Staff writer Matt Bittle can be reached at 741-8250 or mbittle@newszap.com. Follow @MatthewCBittle on Twitter.

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