day of ALMH Market brings in tons of visitors and a few Zombies
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[October 31, 2016]
- On Saturday morning, the regular season came to an end for the
ALMH Farmers Market at the Logan County Fairgrounds in Lincoln. In
honor of the event, the market hosted a fall festival that included
many special activities for youngsters, including a costume contest,
face painting, pumpkin painting, and bounce houses, with more inside
games and activities hosted by His Hands Outreach.
There was also a blood drive with the Central Illinois Community
Blood Center Bloodmobile on hand, trunk or treating outside the
market, and a Zombie run which was hosted by the market and the
Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce. The market offered many of
the usual vendors selling produce, baked goods, fall flowers, and
many other items. Bean Sprouts was cooking up great eat and go
foods, and beverages.
Children who came dressed in costume were treated to $2 in market
money to spend with the vendors. Those who came dressed as a
vegetable or fruit received an additional $2.
Throughout the morning, there were large crowds gathered inside the
Market barn shopping and participating in the various activities.
Lincoln Mayor Marty Neitzel was also on hand, and hosted a trick or
treat with the mayor visiting the trunk or treat participants
At 10 a.m. the Zombie ran began. The course was 1.2 miles and took
runners from the market barn, south around the outside fence of the
race track, then back north past the horse barns. From there the
route wound its way northward to the far end of the fairgrounds to
the livestock barns, then back south on a winding path that would
end at the market barn again.
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This was the first Zombie Run to be held locally, and it proved to be a lot of
fun for everyone involved. In a Zombie Run, of course, there are Zombies.
Several folks volunteered to become zombies for the run. They were made up
looking all deceased and bloody, then took position around the race course.
Their goal was to interfere with the runnerís progress around the track,
grabbing and stealing the flags from the belt each runner wore.
The person who made it to the finish line with the most flags remaining on his
or her belt was the winner. Around the track, the zombies made it hard for
anyone to return with any of their flags, let alone making it back with all
About 50 people participated in the run and the race included children and
adults, and even one mom pushing a baby stroller.
For a first time event, the Zombie Run was considered to be a great success, and
it is anticipated that the run will return next year, perhaps even bigger than