By Mark Barnes
Zach Garner and Matt Ogle had prepared for months, and after a four-day preview of their amusement ride Zombie Acres at the Farmstead’s Corn Maze, they were informed by Meridian Police that they had to shut down due to that city’s firearms ordinance. There was no way around it. You aren’t allowed to shoot zombies in Meridian. It’s the law.
With Halloween just a few weeks away, and their potential earnings bleeding out like a zombie bite, they desperately sought out a new venue. In stepped Linder Farms just down the road. After a quick plea at the city council’s special meeting on October 10, where they were approved pending safety and city permit issues, Zombie Acres will be up and running this week.
So what exactly is Zombie Acres? According to Zach Garner, ““Think of this as a cross between a haunted maze, first-person shooter game, and a theater production, complete with sets, music, lighting and choreography.”
In an unused portion of the Linder Farms cornfield, zombie scenes are set up with zombies, some “undead” and some “live” in the later evening. Participants are driven through the zombie maze and are “attacked” by the zombies. But do not fear, the bus everyone is riding in is equipped with mounted paintball guns for the riders to defend the bus. Best yet, participants get to shoot zombies.
Of concern to the council and Kuna City Attorney Richard Roats was that a while the Kuna city ordinance does not prohibit firearms, they must be used in an approved range and safety concerns must be met.
Zombie Acres’ Taylor Garner who handles public relations said everything passed with the City of Kuna and they received their temporary permit last week. They will be scheduling Friday and Saturday night reservations and will add more days and times as demand increases. By next week, they should be fully scheduled. They will be open for three weeks, weather permitting. For more information on Zombie Acres, visit IdahoZombies.com.