Scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., the apocalypse did not have any sort of coordination or real purpose. Some participants arrived dressed in military garb with cap guns, thinking they would be hunting zombies in a form of tag. That never happened. Instead, those who arrived stood around and waited for someone to take charge.
David Paul, of Cartersville UNCUT, was the event's creator. He was talking with two friends one night when they came up with the idea to have a zombie event in Cartersville.
"So we were just talking and having a conversation about all of us hanging out one night and us just dressing up like zombies and immediately I started an event just as a joke. ... It took off and as soon as it took off I backed out. I never said another word. I never said a word. I put the event up and it just took off. ... It went nuts," Paul said.
Even though no one attending knew exactly what it was, teenagers came simply because it was a zombie event.
"It's fun," said Alexander Gentry. "It's interesting to be a zombie. It's kind of something for everybody. I guess it's just fun to get around and do stupid stuff like this; get around, hang out with friends and pretend to be zombies."
It was also a chance for teenagers to do something in Cartersville, rather than leaving the city, or county, to have fun with their friends.
"It gives the kids something to do. Because most of us are into zombies anyway, whether we say we are or not," said Kerri Green.
Teenagers and 20-somethings were not the only ones to dress up in torn clothing and fake blood. Families were there as well, with parents and their children masquerading as the undead.
Jean Harn-Dailey, her husband Randall and their 6-year-old son Darwin were there as a well-dressed zombie family. Dailey's cocktail dress was slashed and spattered with blood and her husband's suit was cut as well. Darwin's makeup included fake maggots and a rubber cockroach crawling out of his cheek.
"He actually just had his sixth birthday party last Saturday night and he had a zombie prom birthday party," Dailey said. "So he's just all into zombies; like, it's our biggest thing. We're the family that decorates for Halloween in July."
Even though zombies are usually driven off with fire or bullets, a heavy rain was enough to drive off many attendees while others sought shelter under trees or the train depot.
Paul said he was already planning to have a hold another Zombie Apocalypse event because there was such a large turnout for the first one. However, he did not say when it would be held.