Ah, autumn fairs in New England. The leaves are turning, the air is crisp, the zombies are searching for brains.
We were at the Doomsday Fair, and the timing was eerie. Hurricane Sandy headed for Connecticut, and local news stations amped up the horror of an October storm one year after the “Storm of the Century” caused record-breaking power outages (and outrages) across the state. It was a perfect storm to be afraid, very afraid.
Source: Ryan Hanrahan
Amid all the craziness was a serious purpose. The fair was organized by the New England Preparedness and Conservation Consortium, a “non-profit organization dedicated to conservation of our natural resources, sustainability of our natural environment, and to helping people learn to harness the strengths of our natural elements to become more self reliant” (NEPACC).
Six things I learned about zombies
You can really learn a lot about zombies by walking a mile in their shoes. (Read about my zombie makeover.)
1. Zombies just want to have fun.
2. Zombies need a little TLC.
3. Zombies enjoy a peaceful stroll along the Connecticut River. (The funniest part of my day was seeing the reactions of passersby who didn’t know about the fair.)
4. Zombies should wear their seat belts.
5. Even zombies need a friend.
6. After a long day, zombies just want to relax on the couch with a glass of wine.
But they have to go down in their basements and check on the flashlights and the MREs.