Hagerstown’s Fall Night 5K and Zombie Run planned for this Saturday has been canceled, according to a city official.
Superintendent Junior Mason of the city’s Parks and Recreation Division said the events were canceled due to low interest, but also to a lack of time to adequately plan the zombie run.
“It seems like it’s a very popular thing,” Mason said of the zombie run. “I think it’s something we want to do; just couldn’t put it together so quickly.”
Mason said former Recreation Coordinator Andy Hoffman first started planning the zombie run about a month ago, which turned out to be insufficient time to do it right.
“It’s fun, no doubt it would be good,” he said, “but I want a little more time to get ready for it.”
Those who have registered for the events will be given a refund for their entry fee or can simply switch their registration to the city’s Spooky Sprint, taking place the same evening as the annual Alsatia Mummer’s Parade on Saturday, Oct. 27.
Although it didn’t work out this year, Mason said the city recreation department still intends to plan a zombie run for next year.
Also planned for Saturday, the Harvest Hoedown and community yard sale at Fairgrounds Park will take place as scheduled, city spokeswoman Erin Wolfe said in an emailed news release.
The hoedown runs from 1 to 4 p.m. and features a free pumpkin and apple given to the first 1,000 children ages 12 and younger to enter, Wolfe said.
Other activities for the day include scarecrow-making provided by the Community Free Clinic, pumpkin painting, balloon giveaways, face painting, a petting zoo, barrel cart rides, hayrides and pony rides, along with several vendors.
Entertainment will be provided by the Country Showcase of American Jamboree, Dancin’ Time Studios and Washington County Show Kids and Show Company.
The yard sale will be held from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring more than 70 stalls. Entrance to the yard sale is off Cannon Avenue.
— C.J. Lovelace