Canceled for 2020

Zombie Crawl 2020 has been canceled.

Hello, friends and zombie crawlers. The world seems to have turned upside down, and with the Covid-19 pandemic that continues to spread throughout the state, the last thing on our minds is a pretend zombie virus taking over Eureka Springs. However, 2020 is zooming by fast, and so we are forced to think about the near future, and what that will mean for large special events. The current directives from the Governor of Arkansas restrict large public gatherings and outdoor events, and the City of Eureka Springs has temporarily suspended special event permits until September. While some of these restrictions may be amended later this summer, the Zombie Crawl weekend of events typically requires about a year of planning and fundraising. Obviously, very little of that can be done at this time.

We cannot overstate the challenges for special event planners during this crisis, or the serious financial impacts this pandemic has had on our organizers, volunteers, vendors, and event sponsors. Even more important than these logistical challenges, we must consider the health and safety of participants and our local community. As the single largest event in Eureka Springs, crowding an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 people into the downtown area, we see no way to enforce mask requirements or maintain the safe physical distancing currently required by the Arkansas Department of Health in the Governor's directive for outdoor events.

Hosting such a large event that cannot be effectively planned, funded, and made safe is just not an option for us. And so it is with a heavy heart that we have made the decision to cancel the 2020 Eureka Springs Zombie Crawl. We thank you for your understanding. Please stay safe.