Zombies set to infest downtown Ottumwa Saturday

A zombie outbreak will infest Downtown Ottumwa Saturday as the first-ever Zombiefest kicks off.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. with a zombie outbreak challenge in the southeast quadrant of Greater Ottumwa Park.

Zombiefest will close with a showing of â??The Rocky Horror Picture Showâ?? at the Green Street Mall.

There will also be a zombie costume contest, a haunted house on 3rd street, and numerous street vendors serving food.

At 4 p.m., Zombiefest will attempt to thrill the world and break the Guiness World Record for the most people doing the Michael Jackson â??Thrillerâ?? dance.

Ottumwa Community Events Committee Chair Joni Elder says Ottumwans should come out and help put Ottumwa in the record books, â??and zombies don't dance fluently so just come on out and shake your thing and have fun. That's what it's all about,â?? Elder said.

The event is free to the public and a costume is not required to attend.