The Tom Zombie Festival is Set To Keep Our Region Safe for Another Year!
On September 27th there will be a very unique event happening in downtown St. Thomas. On the grounds of the Elgin County Railway Museum the 2nd Annual, St. Thomas Tom Zombie Festival will be held. This event is free to attend, starts at 12:00pm and ends at 10:00pm.
The amount of buzz online is “mind blowing…” according to Bryan Bakker, owner of local video production company, Bizbio and creator and developer behind the event. “The biggest thing of course is the Harlequin sponsored visit of Vincent M. Ward, who played Oscar on the highest rated TV Series going these days, AMC’s The Walking Dead. Vincent will be signing autographs and taking pictures with fans right here in our very own city.”
But there is more than just a cool celebrity visit happening that day of course.
According to Bakker the festival is the only way we can protect our town and region from the Tom Zombie Curse. “The Legend of Tom Zombie goes back over two-hundred years and has plagued South-Western Ontario in innumerable ways ever since,” says Bakker.
“In 2010 however a bargain was struck that allows us to keep the curse at bay by choosing a new host for it every year. To that end we have devised the Tom Zombie contest, this year sponsored by CroCanada, where people use their best make-up talents, freakiest costumes and maniacal dramatic presences to vie to become the new Tom Zombie. That is followed by a Zombie Walk to St. Thomas City Hall and the transition ceremony where the artifact of power behind the curse, the Trimeric Bell, is passed over the new host.”
Dotsy’s will be there with their bouncy castle, face painters and more, the band Social Stone, will be playing sets throughout the day, local celebrities will be on hand for pictures and autographs, and there will be a number of interesting vendors and exhibits that alone are worth stopping by for. “Plus you never know who will turn up to entertain’” says Bakker. “Festivals like this are a magnetic for spectacle and we expect, and encourage, them to all to come out and show their stuff once again this year.”
And last but not least, for only $8, you can enter the Terminus Tour, sponsored by rtraction and developed by Sin Labs. The Terminus Tour is set to be a very exciting piece to this year’s festival. For those familiar with the Walking Dead season ender its known that the heroes of the drama ended up captives in a railway station. Sin Labs is going to make a haunted tour based on that story arc that Bakker expects to be, “Very cool indeed.”