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Zombies will roam ETSU campus in October

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JOHNSON CITY (September 5, 2013) – Zombies are roaming the land, far and wide, and are headed toward East Tennessee.  To be specific, they will arrive on the East Tennessee State University campus on Saturday, Oct. 26! 

Campus officials anticipate that once they arrive, these creatures will chase living students, faculty, staff and visitors around the ETSU campus before engaging the humans in games of tag.

Yes, a day of Zombie Tag is planned at ETSU, with events throughout the day organized by the ETSU and General Shale Natural History Museum and Visitor Center at the Gray Fossil Site.  Proceeds from the day will benefit the museum and help provide state-of-the-art exhibits and science education.

The main event is a game of Zombie Tag at 5 p.m. for those age 18 and up.  ETSU and other regional college students who are age 17 may participate with valid college ID. 

The goal of Zombie Tag is to “survive” the game.  “Human” participants attempt to reach six checkpoints on ETSU’s main campus without getting tagged and turned into a “zombie.”  Each player is required to wear a black shirt over a white shirt, with the black shirt denoting “human.”  As players are tagged, they must remove their black shirts to reveal their white shirts, which indicates “zombie.”

The day will begin at 10 a.m. with a Zombie 5K co-hosted by ETSU Campus Recreation.  Runners and walkers may dress up like zombies and follow a certified course through the campus.  Prizes will be awarded for top runners, as well as for costume creativity.

For those age 11 and under, a “flag” Zombie Tag event will be held at noon on the intramural field beside the Wayne G. Basler Center for Physical Activity.  Each participant will receive a free child’s and adult’s pass to the Natural History Museum.  There will also be face-painting, a costume contest, inflatables and more.

Zombie Tag for those ages 12-17 will follow at 2 p.m. on the main ETSU campus, with rules identical to the main event.

Throughout the day, Zombie Tag players waiting to enter or having exited the playing field may visit a variety of vendor booths, including professional make-up artists, event merchandise and sponsors.

“We are so excited to be planning an entire day of zombie activities,” said Dr. Blaine Schubert, director of the Natural History Museum.  “This is a unique way to use ‘zombie culture’ to bring awareness to our Natural History Museum, as well as paleontology.”

Tickets to the main event are $10 online in advance or $12 at the gate; ID will be required.  Tickets are $10 for the teen event and $5 for the children’s event.  All tickets may be purchased at http://zombietix.com.

The price and registration information for the Zombie 5K will be posted soon.

A promotional video may be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AqLds7my6M.

The ETSU and General Shale Natural History Museum and Visitor Center continually showcases the Gray Fossil Site and its unique ecosystem.  Weather permitting, visitors may continue to observe live excavations at the Gray Fossil Site through October.

In addition to permanent and temporary traveling exhibits, many special events are held at the museum, including a monthly speaker series and “Fossil and Artifact ID Nights” every other month, as well as ongoing youth programs.

The museum, located 1.8 miles off Exit 13 on Interstate 26, is open Tuesday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  For more information, call (866) 202-6223 or visit www.etsu.edu/naturalhistorymuseum.