Harvest festival features fall activities, zombie run

by CHANEY ARNEY//Staff Writer

Fall, zombies, food, games, and hayrides make for a great Harvest Festival.

More than 1,000 people attended the Harvest Festival held in the meadow area at Buffalo Springs Lake, where the first-ever Zombie Run was held on Oct. 22.  The Harvest Festival began at 11 a.m. and lasted until 12:30 a.m.  There also was a free Fall Craft Fair, with a trunk-or-treat, a bouncy house, a spider climb, and a rock wall.  Also during this time, for a small fee, there was face painting, hayrides, crafts, vendors, and food trucks, including shaved ice, along with pumpkins, and games.  Participants could enjoy live music from nine artists throughout the day.

The Zombie Run began at 5 p.m. and lasted for an hour.  According to Jason Henry, the executive director for the run, there were more than 40 zombie runners and 45 regular runners.  All proceeds from the Zombie Run benefited Women’s Protective Services of Lubbock.

“This was the first year we held the run, and it was a lot of fun,” said Henry.

The 1.2-mile-race took place around the golf course located on the west end of the lake.  Prizes were awarded for the first, second, third, and fourth-place winners.  After the race, there was a Haunted Hayride, with the zombies chasing the hayride.

“The best part about the run was getting to feel like it was real,” said Addy Henry, who participated as a regular runner.  “I had so much fun running from them.  They were really realistic.”

After the race and hayride, there was more live music. At 10:30 p.m., there was a scary movie on a large inflatable screen.

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