Crawlers come downtown in their finest zombie attire
A sea of dismembered wails and bloody, ripped clothing will flood downtown Mandan next weekend as the BisMan Bombshellz take over.
The Bombshellz are hosting the fifth annual Zombie Pub Crawl themed, “Nightmare on Main Street.” The pub-crawl will take place throughout several bars in Mandan, on Saturday, Oct. 19, from noon to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. until bar close.
Christina Biesecker, Mandan High School graduate, started the Zombie Pub Crawl with a group of 20 friends.
Since its conception, the event grew to around 225 participants in 2012, with more projected this year.
“I organized this event just for fun, but since then the event almost doubled each year.”
Participating bars include Vicky’s, Old Town Tavern, O.N.E., Last Call, Stage Stop, Moscow Bar and the Westside Bar and Grill.
To accommodate the growing crowd, there is not a designated starting or ending point. Instead, participants will be free to skulk the streets in their finest zombie attire.
Participants can buy a Zombie Pub Crawl tickets for $20 and receive five free drink tickets redeemable at any of the participating bars and a drink koozie. Tickets are available the day of the event at Dykshorn Park from noon to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Tickets for the Zombie Pub Crawl will also be on sale at the Bombzillaz and Bomberz bout on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. A special for the night includes tickets for the pub-crawl and for the nights bouts all for $25. Pub-crawl participants must be 21 year of age or older.
Players are going to dress up in Halloween attire on Saturday to encourage Zombie Pub Crawl participation.
A portion of the proceeds will go to Northern Plains Dance Academy.
“For each of our home bouts we partner with a local charity or organization and donate to them a portion of our bout proceeds,” said Biesecker who leads the fundraising committee for the BisMan Bombshellz.
In the last year the BisMan Roller Derby teams have made donations to Women’s Way, Charles Hall Youth Services, The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, The Morton – Mandan Bookmobile and The Theo Art School. With upcoming donations to Bucks for Bras, March of Dimes and The Great American Bike Race.
“We can proudly say that from our bouts alone, we’ve put about $5,000 back into our community, with the Bombshellz team raising over $2,000 for the Great American Bike Race.”
The BisMan Roller Derby teams are a non-profit organization. Volunteers run the league, with participants as skaters, referees, coaches, officials and board members.
Biesecker, or as some may know her, #22 Tutu Trasher, is on the board, but normally works at an elementary school in Mandan.
“Some of the girls will skate in tutus or other costumes and it’s my job to “trash” them, said Biesecker.
“In my day to day life I am a teacher and mother. I am soft, gentle and loving. On the track I get to be aggressive and rowdy. The track is a superb place to really be whatever or whomever you want. It’s a very empowering sport.”
Through the use of social media, the BisMan Bombshellz started in the summer of 2010. Following the start of the Bombshellz, a women’s league team, was the men’s league, the BisMan Bomberz in 2011. Women’s interest in the league grew and in 2012, the Bombshellz split into two teams, with team “B” taking the name Bombzillaz.
The object of the game is for the “jammers” to score the most points by lapping the opposing team on the track.
There are three key positions during a bout are the blockers, the jammer and the pivot. Each Bout consists of multiple two-minute “jams,” during which the jammers attempt to score points with the blockers, of course, attempt to block them from doing so. The “pivot,” then holds the team together and is the voice on the track while also keeping up the pace.
Tutu Trasher is usually a “jammer” or “blocker” during a bout.
“My favorite position is jamming, but blocking is thrilling as well. I love jamming because it’s fast paced and intense,” explained Biesecker.
Roller derby is open to all shapes, sizes and skill levels for anyone 18 year of age or older. “Fresh Meat,” classes are available for those interested and will help those who need to learn how to skate or brush up on their skills. The next “Fresh Meet” training is scheduled on Monday, Oct. 28. Those interested can visit www.bismanbombshellz.com for more information.
The next bout is a family friendly Halloween themed bout at the Bismarck Civic Center on Saturday, Oct. 12. The Bombzillaz play the Black Hills Roller Derby League from South Dakota and the Bomberz play the Twin Cities Terrordactyls from St. Paul, Minn. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the bout starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $12 at the door for adults and $8 for ages six through 12. Children five and under are free.