2016 Zombiefest

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About the Event

Back by popular demand, the theme will once again be Zombiefest for the annual fundraiser on Friday October 28th 5pm to 10 pm at Vernon Town Square. Aside from having lots of fun, the goal is to provide visibility for local organizations and raise money for operating costs that provide support for youth activities and programs in Jennings County.

Admission is free to come and walk around, but food, drink and activities will cost you to support the fundraising efforts of the youth foundation.

  • Costume Contest with CASH prizes!
  • Adults spacer.gif$100/Youth $50. Adults $5 entry/Youth $2 entry
  • Beer Garden 21+ sponsored by Vernon Liquors
  • Hog Roast dinner and drink $5
  • Zombie Corn Hole tournament
  • Activity Booths with prizes
  • Flash Mob Thriller Dance performed by Steps All Star dance team
  • Zombie parade and Scavenger Hunt

Zombie prom from 8-10 pm

You don’t want to miss it. Please come out and support the youth foundation. If you are interested in volunteering please come to the planning meetings! RSVP through our website at www.jcyf.in/calendar.php. We need help in obtaining sponsors including in-kind gift donations, contacting vendors, coordinating communication with vendors, volunteers, publicity as well as other general pre-event planning tasks.

This is the main fundraiser for the youth foundation. It is only with the help of volunteers like yourself that we're able to put on this fun event AND raise funds for the youth of Jennings County.

For more information please contact the foundation by phone at 812-718-2088 or through our website at www.jcyf.in/contact.php.

2015 Zombiefest

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 It was better late than never for the second annual ZombieFest, the Jennings County Youth Foundation fund-raising extravaganza held Saturday, Nov. 7, at the North Vernon City Park. "The participants all seemed to enjoy one more chance to 'dress up' and take in the fresh, albeit chily, air," said Kelly Hatton, JCYF president. "It was a fun time."

The event, which included the fifth annual Soup, Chili and Stew Contest, originally was scheduled for two weeks earlier but was rained out and postponed. The later date served to extend the Halloween season for many children who dressed up as zombies for the eventing. Face painting was also available for those who wanted to try to look like zombies, which many did.

Costume Winners right to left: 1st Place- Isaac Vance Trophy & $50 cash, 2nd Place- Madison Hill- Trophy and 3rd Place Madeson Setser- Trophy Thank you to all who entered the contest! Everyone looked AMAZING! 


 Soup, Chili Stew Winners! 1st Place- Melody Schiller (chili) Plaque and $100 cash and 2nd Place- Vernon's Ale House (chili), represented by Trevor Miller Plaque. Congratulations to the winners from 11 entries!


 "We don't want anyone to be frightened by the title," Hatton said. "The JCYF ZombieFest is a carnival style family-friendly event."

The festival included bouncie houses and other inflatables, games, snacks, food and a whole lot of post-Halloween fun, including the costume contest.   

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"We received contributions of time, money, and resources from many of the youth as well as the young-at-heart. Jett Zigliazzo, our youngest donor at the age of 3, heard about the event and decided to make a monetary donation. Special thanks, too, to the staff and members of Imagination Day Care, the Senior Resource Center and the clubs and organizations from Jennings County Middle School and Jennings County High School.

"This year's ZombieFest was a great example of multiple groups working together with a common goal: supporting the youth of Jennings County. Together we can make amazing things happen!" she added. 

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Advanced foodbands are on sale now at the following businesses in North Vernon: The Goodwill Store, K&G Sports, The Senior Center & Integrated Health of Indiana or online with debit or credit card for $5.00 with 5 free tickets! Registration is open for soup, chili or stew competitors and booth sponors. You must 'buy FREE ticket' to register for competition or booth. If multiple entries in competition, please register for each type. Buy Tickets.

Save the Date

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 LOOKING FOR SOMETHING FUN TO DO WITH YOUR FAMILY HERE IN NORTH VERNON FOR HALLOWEEN? This will be a great Halloween event for families in Jennings County located at the North Vernon City Park on SATURDAY OCTOBER 24TH FROM 5pm to 8 pm. Back by popular demand, the theme will once again be Zombiefest! Aside from having lots of fun, the goal is to provide visibility for local organizations and raise money for operating costs that provide support for youth activities and programs in Jennings County.

There will be plenty for the children to do with a costume contest and chance to win a $50 CASH prize! No costume? No problem! Zombie face paint will be available from the JCMS drama club and includes a white t-shirt and vampire blood while supplies last. Celebrity judges Tom Taylor, Mike Ochs and Baron Wilder will be on hand to select the winners.

NEW this year will be family-friendly booths sponsored by local organizations such as Integrated Health of Indiana who will be performing ‘bone scans’ and sponsoring the cotton candy booth with help from the JCHS dance team. The National Art Honor Societywill offer face painting, the Builders Club will have fresh baked cookies, Imagination Daycare and JCYF will provide hot popcorn, balloons, caramel apple slices and several games for the children such as sack races, bingo and a corn-hole toss for small prizes. The local Goodwill store will again be there to give away free books.

Live music will be provided by DJ, Charlie Daugherty and a special performance by STEPS dance center as well as an inflatable bounce house, a 70ft inflatable obstacle course and 2 photo booths sponsored by Walgreens Pharmacy one in family friendly fall theme and the other in zombie theme. Several gift baskets of items donated by local businesses and organizations will available to win as door prizes!

Celebrity judges, Sandy Vance, Sheri Williams, Gary Driver, Mark Holwager and Ruth Bosch have already committed to the challenge of deciding who gets the top CASH prize of $100 for best soup, chili or stew! Advanced registration is preferred to enter but is not required. There is no entry fee for either the competition or the costume contest this year.

Admission is free to come and walk around, but food/drink and activities will cost you to support the fundraising efforts of the youth foundation. You don’t want to miss it. Please come out and support the youth foundation and learn more about the other organizations too. If you have any questions or have trouble registering, please contact the youth foundation at 812-718-2088.  

2014 Zombiefest

Watch a video from the 2014 Zombie Festival and Chili Cookoff.

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