In time for Halloween, the Leander Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center is hosting a networking event in which attendees can shoot zombies with firearms inside Shady Oaks Gun Range in Cedar Park.
Chamber President Bridget Brandt said the idea for the event first started as a skeet shoot competition, but because of the large number of participants that would be needed, the idea morphed into another idea—shooting zombies.
“The goal with our mixers is to try to add something to them to make them more fun,” Brandt said. “What if we turn our October mixer into the zombie shoot? We can still have people come and mix and mingle, but instead of just doing that, we’ll shoot zombies and it will be a ton of fun.”
Attendees can sign up to participate in the competition in which shooters attempt to receive as many points as possible by shooting paper zombie targets with precise aim. Each area on the zombie target is worth a certain number of points, and the man and woman with the highest score are named the winners.
Participants may purchase as many zombie targets as they wish; however, a maximum number of shots per target is enforced. Each target is $5, and the cost to participate is $15-$30, depending on whether the shooter is a chamber member. Spectators may also attend the event for a $5 admission fee.
Winners receive a portion of the event’s proceeds, and the remainder benefits the chamber. Shady Oaks staff will assist participants with gun safety and training.
Brandt said about 20 people attended last year’s event, and this year about 30 to 40 people maximum will be able to attend. The calendar event on the chamber’s website is the most viewed event of the season, Brandt said.
The event is hosted Oct. 29 from 5-7 p.m. at Shady Oaks Gun Range, 3100 Woodall Drive.
Cost to participate
Attendees may choose to participate in the shooting competition or watch and must register at www.leandercc.org. Participants may bring their own firearms.
- Zombie targets: $5 each
- Non-shooter chamber member: $5
- Non-shooter, non-chamber member: $15
- Zombie shooter chamber member: $20
- Zombie shooter non-chamber member: $30