LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) -- Zombies are roaming Lynchburg. But don't panic -- it's just some Halloween fun. The Virginia city hosted its first zombie walk over the weekend. More than 200 of the undead stumbled, moaned and groaned their way through the streets. A local paper (News and Advance) reports the Zombie Walk was organized by area mortician Patrick Hubble. He spread the word through Facebook and fliers. Hubble says there were a lot more zombies than he expected. He hopes to make it an annual event.
HAUNTED HOUSE PRO
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Rocky Elwood knows what's scary -- and it's not just the national debt. He's a fear pro, creating haunted houses. His latest Fear Factory is in downtown Athens, Georgia. Visitors get the wits scared out them by a gory scenes that include a haunted butcher shop and a haunted mental hospital. Elwood tells a local paper (Athens Banner-Herald) he's been building haunted houses since he was a kid.
SUPER BOWL TEST
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- This is a test -- a Super Bowl test. The big game is still months away. But Indianapolis will be testing its ability handle the crowds. Indy is hosting the FFA convention, which is expected to attract 50,000 people this week. Officials say it will be a good dry run for the game in February. The Future Farmers of America will use about 10,000 hotel rooms in the city. Business leaders tell the Indianapolis Star the Super Bowl is a chance to boost the city's image and convention business.
STATE FAIR-TREE WALKER
DALLAS (AP) -- Cliff Spenger spends his days covered with leaves and bark. He's the Tree Walker at the State Fair of Texas. His costume includes a grayish trunk, stilts and a Spanish moss beard. Spenger poses for pictures and gives kids high-fives with his long branches. And he says there are a lot of tree huggers at the fair. Spenger tells The Dallas Morning News he loves the fair-goers and they love him.
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) -- Welcome to Choptoberfest. The wood chips fly at the annual event hosted by the Colorado State University logging team. There's ax-throwing, tree-trunk climbing and wood chopping competitions. The Coloradoan newspaper reports there's even a game a little like horseshoes. But these competitors toss three-foot long logs toward a target. Freshman Sara Williams says it's all "really cool."
TORONTO (AP) -- Age 100, Fauja Singh has run into the record books. He finished a Toronto marathon yesterday. He's now the oldest runner to complete a full-distance marathon -- 26-plus miles -- and earns a Guinness record. It took Singh more than eight hours to cross the finish line -- that's six hours after the winner. While the crowd was long gone, family, friends and supporters greeted Singh as he finished the race.
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