'Zombie' nativity scene back for an encore

Zombie nativity scene returns (VIDEO)
Jasen Dixon's "zombie" nativity scene from last year (Photo: FOX19 NOW)
Jasen Dixon's "zombie" nativity scene from last year (Photo: FOX19 NOW)
Jasen Dixon's "zombie" nativity scene from last year (Photo: FOX19 NOW)
Jasen Dixon's "zombie" nativity scene from last year (Photo: FOX19 NOW)

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - The Sycamore Township nativity scene that featured zombies and was ordered to be taken down last year is returning for another year, according to the owner.

Jasen Dixon says his "zombie" nativity scene is back up and better than ever.

"I wanted a nativity scene," said Dixon.  "I had been talking about the zombie-themed nativity scene for a long time."

Dixon, manager of the '13 Rooms of Doom' haunted house, was ordered to take down the  "zombie" nativity scene by Sycamore Township last year. However, the nativity scene stayed up after no officials from Sycamore Township came by the scene.

"My father hates it.  The other neighbors, they drive by and give me a thumbs up," Dixon said.

According to documents obtained by FOX19 NOW, Sycamore Township does not allow structures to be located in the front or the side yard to occupy more than 35 percent of the area. Also, the primary structure must be three feet from the street, and six feet from the house.

"This year I got all the paperwork and how it was wrote out, and it says as long as it's not over 200 square foot that I can have it without a permit.  It's about 65 square foot," Dixon told FOX19 NOW.

According to documents obtained by FOX19 NOW, Sycamore Township does not allow structures to be located in the front or the side yard to occupy more than 35 percent of the area. Also, the primary structure must be three feet from the street, and six feet from the house.

"They actually said that it is taking up about 35 percent of the yard, and it's not. We did the calculations and it's like 14, 17 percent," Dixon said of his display last year.

On Monday, Dixon told FOX19 NOW that this is likely the last year for the display.  He also said he plans on donating any money raised from donations to St. Jude.

Dixon turned heads with his nativity scene when he decided to work with what he had. Last year's exhibit featured a zombie baby instead of a baby Jesus in a manger.

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