Fans of George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead are gathering (or maybe stumbling) to Evans City, Pennsylvania this weekend, reliving the popular horror movie and to celebrating the movie's 45th Anniversary. The Living Dead Festival will be taking place Friday, August 30th and Saturday, August 31st at Edco Park in Evans City, Pennsylvania.
Unlike any other typical horror convention attendees won’t be cooped up in a hotel ballroom. There will be a series of meet and greets and also photo ops at several Night of the Living Dead film locations. Guests will be provided transportation from EDCO Park to the location of their choice for a 1 hour session with the celebrity guest. Not only will you meet the classic horror film stars but will also be given the full tour of the eerie locations it was filmed at.
Nearly 20 members of the cast and crew will be in attendance and available for fans to meet. This is the first time in forty five years this many cast members have been together, that is since the filming of Night of the Living Dead. Here are official details from the festival website:
"This is the long awaited and most current schedule for the 2013 Living Dead Fest. We are going to do a series of Meet & Greets / Photo Ops at several Night locations. Each meet and greet group will be limited to 15 to 20 people. You will be provided transportation from EDCO Park to the location of your choice for a 1 hour session with the celebrity guest. 45 minutes into the hour Sarah E. Sigler will be taking your professional photo with the guests. Those taking a Friday tour, your photo will be ready for pick up on Saturday morning, so you have an opportunity to have them autographed if you choose. Those taking Saturday tours, your photo will available at about 3pm that day. You may take your own photos the 1st 45 minutes of your meet and greet. We ask that you arrive at EDCO park about 15 minutes before your scheduled tour time. Each Meet and Greet/Photo OP is $50 each.
Friday, Aug. 30: • Gates open at 11am. • 12pm to 1pm: Judith O'Dea and Russ Streiner at The Evans City Cemetery. • 2pm to 3pm: Jack Russo and Judith Ridley at The Original Farmhouse Location. • 4pm to 5 pm: Russ Streiner and Richard Ricci at Kevin Kriess' New Evans City Store. Added Events for Friday Aug. 30: • 6pm to 7:30pm- The Celebration of the Chapel at the Evans City Cemetery. This celebration is for the efforts put forth by fans of Fix The Chapel. Come see the progress and share in the pure joy of it all. This celebration is free to all. • 8pm to 10pm-Bonfire at EDCO Park What better way to top off the day than to hang around the fire chatting with the guests. Very informal, very intimate. Bring what you need for S'mores! There is no additional cost for the bonfire.
Saturday, Aug. 31: • 10am Gates open to EDCO park for the all-day celebrity guest signing session. Meet & Greets / Photo Ops for Saturday: • 11am to 12pm: Bill Cardille and George Kosana at The Bridge, near the farmhouse location. • 2pm to 3pm: Judith O'Dea and Russ Streiner at The Evans City Cemetery. • 7:30pm the signing will be over. • 8pm to 9pm a Q & A panel with the Night celebrity guests. • 9pm the screening of Night of the Living Dead."
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*This story was submitted by Kathryn Barnish