16th Annual Mothman Festival

The 16th annual Mothman Festival returns this Saturday September 16th and Sunday September 17th in the heart of main street Point Pleasant.  The event is a combination of town fair, comic con, and paranormal conference.

Things to see and do at the festival include bus tour of the TNT area, visit the Mothman Museum and the other museums in the area, the Mothman Statue, live bands, cloggers,  face painting, games, Hillbilly Zip Line, obstacle course, meet the AIMS Team from Destination America’s “Mountain Monsters” show, Mothman hayrides, Mothman 5k, the Mothman Pageant, and general sights to see.
There is also presentations from guest speakers at the Historic State Theater for free.  There will be talks from paranormal professionals, artists, and authors on topics covering local events and history, 2017 Chicago Flying Humanoids Wave, Southern Sasquatch, Black Eyed Kids, portals, and more.  On Sunday they will have a round table discussion answering questions from the audience.

Special costume appearances from the 501st Legion Carrison Corellia, Ghostbuster chapters from both WV and Ohio (includes giant 40ft Stay Puft Marshmallow Man), Bigfoot, the Men in Black, the Flatwoods Monster, and of course the Mothman himself.  If you have a costume of your own you would like to wear they heavily encourage you get in on the fun.

You can also find vendors selling all kind of merchandise.  Artists, authors, crafters, foods of all kinds, lemonade, and more with a paranormal theme going on.

The festival is free, but some events and places do cost a small fee.  But just hanging out seeing and meeting people is totally free.

A great time if you are interested in the paranormal, county fairs, or something you could bring your norm family too.

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Mothman Festival 2016

The Mothman Festival returns this Saturday September 17th and Sunday 18th in Point Pleasant.  This year is the 15th anniversary of the festival and the 50th of the first sightings of the Mothman.  The festival is a unique blend of street festival and convention.

There are several presentations on various paranormal topics every year at the Historic State Theater on Main Street. Guest speakers for this year are Fred Saluga (Director of WV & Penn. Mutual UFO Network), Sherri Brake (Haunted Heartland Tour owner), Cameron Jones (paranormal researcher and investigator), Bill Brock (host of “Monsters Underground” TV show), Robert Robinson (author of “Legend Tripping), Susan Sheppard (creator of Haunted Parkersburg Ghost Tours), George Dudding (author of The Silver Bridge Tragedy), Rosemary Ellen Guiley (expert in paranormal investigations), Nick Redfern (paranormal researcher), Ken Gerhard (co-star of History Channel’s Missing in Alaska), Loren Coleman (crptozoologist), Stan Gordon (UFO researcher), John Frick (paranormal investigator), Joedy Cook (founder of Cryptid Seekers), and Chad Lambert (Harvey nominated comic writer).

Attraction and events at this year’s festival include: Trapper John and the AIMS team from the Mountain Monsters TV show, an Impala from Supernatural, Tram Ride Tours around Pt. Pleasant, face painting, Hillbilly zip-line, horse & carriage rides, Mothman 5k Run & Walk, meet the Mothman costumer, the WV Ghost Busters, Mothman Hayride, TNT bus tours, Pretty Baby Contest, meet the winners of the 9th Annual Mothman Festival Pageant, the visit The Mothman Museum, see the Mothman Statue, eat Mothman themed food, local artisans, artists, and other vendors including the Mothman Merch Tent, visit the Harris Steak House (the Mothman Diner), live bands, and more.

Nearby sites besides the Mothman sites is the River Front Park with hand painted historic murals and stainless steel statues of historical figures, Tu-Endie-Wei State Park, Silver Bride memorial, the River Museum, and the Lowe Hotel.

With the exception of certain activities this is a free event.

This is an event I recommend that everyone at least come see once in their life.

 

2015 Mothman Festival

The Mothman Festival in Downtown Point Pleasant is back for a 14th year, Saturday September 19th and Sunday September 20th.  It is the cross between a con and a fair.

There will be speakers on all things paranormal at the historic State Theater.  Speakers include Bill Brok (show host of Monsters Underground), Ken Gerhard (History Channel Host, acclaimed author), Neal Parks (Paranormal Award Winning Author), Joedy Cook (Bigfoot investigator and cryptologist), Rosemary Ellen Guiley (paranormal expert and author), Susan Sheppard (executive producer and author), John Frick (paranormal investigator and enthusiastic), Lyle Blackburn (cryptid researcher and acclaimed author), Chad Lambert (comic creator and award-winning editor), and others.  There will be a guest roundtable discussion on Sunday.

Events you can check out are live bands at the Riverfront Park, kid activities and games, a Mothman 5k, a Miss Mothman Pageant Children’s Pageant, check out the Mothman and Men in Black costumers, visit the Mothman Museum, see the Mothman Prophecies at the Historic State Theater on Saturday evening at 8pm, hang with the WV Ghostbusters Division, go down on a 200ft zip line, eat at the Harris Steak House (The Mothman Diner), take a narrated tram ride through downtown Point Pleasant, a narrated tour of the TNT area, hayrides, tour the historic (and maybe haunted) Lowe Hotel, visit the Silver Bridge memorial, check out the Mothman Statue, aerial tour over the TNT area, take a horse-drawn wagon ride down Main Street, check out the river murals and statues, and other historic sites in and around Point Pleasant.

On Friday night September 18th, they will hold the Miss Mothman Pageant Queen Pageant if you want to come up early.  There will also be a showing of the documentary “Eyes of the Mothman” at the State Theater at 8pm with concessions.  Admission is free.

There will be several vendors set up in the streets, selling Mothman merch, food, and more.

If you can go I personally suggest checking out this event at least once.

Mothman Festival 2014

The 13th Annual Mothman Festival in Point Pleasant is Saturday and Sunday September 20th and 21s this year.  It will go from 10am-10pm on Saturday and 11am-5pm Sunday.

There are several things to do and see during the festival.  The Mothman 5k Run will start at 9am on Saturday on Main Street.  The official opening of the festival will be at the grand reopening of the the Mothman Museum at its new location.  The award-winning face painter Jody Riffe will be doing face painting near the Mothman Statue.  DJ Scott, the official Mothman DJ, will be playing music and karaoke all day.

On Saturday there will be the Mothman Movie Night at the State Theater showing the movie White Zombie, a local remake of the 1930’s movie. Several bands will perform over both days.  There are hayride tours of downtown Point Pleasant, bus tours and flyovers of the TNT areas, and tours of the haunted Lowe Hotel, all these have a fee.

You can go look at the Silver Bridge Memorial, Tu-Endie-Wei State Park, and the National Guard Rock Wall all for free.  Things for a few dollars is the Point Pleasant River Muesum, the dinner from the Mothman Prophesies the Harris Steak House, Hillbilly Ziplining, vendors, and pick up some Mothman pancakes.

The guest speakers for this year are Patrecia Gray (paranormal writer), Chad Lambert (comic creator), Neal Parks (paranormal author), Rosemary Guiley (paranormal investigator), Susan Sheppard (executive producer), Craig Woolheater & Nick Redfern (Ufologists), Fred Saluga (cryptozoologist), Sherrie Brake (author), Stan Gordon (Bigfoot researcher), Robin Bellamy (paranormal researcher), Andy Colvin (Mothman photographer), Brian Seech (researcher), Chris McDaniel (investigator), Dale Morton (Mothman costume designer), Joedy Cook (cryptozoologist), and others.  They will be giving lectures on different subjects and a special roundtable discussion on Sunday.

The Miss Mothman Pageant will be both Friday and Saturday.  The Teen, Miss, Ms, and Mrs categories will on Friday night and the children’s pageant on Saturday.  Registration is still open.

For the first time, the festival will have a Friday kick-start event at the Historic State Theater on Main Street.  The will be showing the Mothman Prophecies for free.

This is something for everyone who likes paranormal topics, history, and fairs to come check out.   Come out meet people, see things, learn, have fun, avoid the Men in Black, and buy some souvenirs.

Mothman Festival 2013

The Mothman Festival is the annual celebration of the sightings of the Mothman.  It is held on the third weekend of every September in Downtown Point Pleasant, West Virginia, this year that is September 21-22.  The festival features a variety of vendors and merchants, local music, food, and family friendly atmosphere.  Festival hours will go from 7am to 10:30pm on Saturday and 7am to 1pm on Sunday.  This will be the 12th annual event.

Festival events include ghosts of Pt. Pleasant walking tours (tickets at the Coffee Grinder), live music from local bands through out both days, rock climbing wall from the WV National Guard, performances from the Riverside Cloggers in front of the Post Office on Saturday, and airplane flyovers over the TNT area, call the Mason County Airport to schedule a ride.  The 1st Annual Mothman Ball, from 10pm till when ever feature DJ Kos’s horror themed music show.  For all ages and do not forget to bring your best costume.  On Thursday and Friday before the festival
the Miss Mothman Festival Pageant will be held at the Trinity Christian Community in Pt. Pleasant. And much more to see and do.

Gust speakers at during the weekend are Patrecia Gray (author The Thing: Mothman, Devil or Spirit), Chad Lambert (comic book creator), Fred Aluga (college teacher in UFOs and cryptozoology), Stan Gordon (UFO lecturer), Rosemary Guiley (WV’s most haunted places), Susan Sheppard (paranormal expert), Lyle Blackburn (Beast of Boggy Creek), Sharon Shull (grew up during the Mothman sightings), Robin Bellamy (paranormal researcher), Jeff Waldridge (paranormal chronicler), Tom Ury (costume maker), and Matt Pellowski (Eyes of the Mothman director).

If you are not going to Shockacon this weekend or are a really big fan of Mothman you are going to want to check this out.  I really see the festival as something everyone should check out at least once.

News from Mothman Festival

Heard some news from the Mothman Festival guys and I thought I would share.

This past year’s Mothman Festival broke all previous attendance records with lovely weather and only a few problems.  They were able to raise enough money to buy a headstone for Mothman witness and regular festival guest Linda Scarberry

Next year’s event is September 21 and 22 with the Mothman Pageant on Friday September 20 evening.  So mark your calenders for the third weekend in September.

Mothman Museum hours are most days (expect holidays) from noon till 5pm expect Fridays and Saturday which are from 11am till 5pm.  The new Mothman Lives website is being worked on, but has been delayed.

That is all I have for now.

Upcoming Events

West Virginia is not really a place you think of when making convention and nerd event plans, but there are a few events that take place in this state every year that might interest you. In fact most of them happen from September through October. Here are list a geeky events I have been able to come across in the Mountain State.

Culturefest
September 6-9
The Appalachian South Folklife Center in Pipestem
Outdoor festival featuring world music, dances, workshops, artisan vendors, belly dancing, drum circles, a kids’ village, healing arts, camping, community art projects, a parade, open mic, yoga, and after hours cabaret. Some of the performers include Po’ Folks Cabaret (fire performance), Cari Cohen (fire & light dance), Liberty High School World Percussion Ensemble, Captain Lazerblast Band (techno folk), Antioquia (psychedelic lovefunk), Option 22 (space folk), Chally Erb (dance and movement theater), Quiet (rock band), and My Pet Dragon (alternative rock). A full weekend pass costs $30, single day passes available too.

Mothman Festival
September 15-16
Downtown Point Pleasant
The Mothman Festival is a celebration WV’s favorite cryptiod (sorry Flatwoods Monster). Events include face painting by Jody Rife, tram tour of downtown Point Pleasant, hayride through the TNT area, the Miss Mothman Pagent, and live music from a number of bands including the Mothman band. Guests speakers will include: Chad Lambert, creator of Mothman Comics; Robin Bellamy, speaking on the Haunted Lowe Hotel; Rosemary Guiley, author and investigator; Stan Gordon, speaking on UFOs and Bigfoot; Susan Shephard, author and ghost hunter; and Tom Ury, Mothman eyewitness.

Siege of Glengary
September 21-23
Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Kearneysville
Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) event where Atlantia will once again lay siege to the Shire of Sylvan Glen. There will be a feast, merchants, arts and crafts competitions and classes, children’s activities, archery, fencing, battles with siege engines, art and sciences competition, brewing competition, and combat. Pre-registration is $10 for adults and $5 for those 6-17. The feast is $8 per person.

Shockacon
September 29
Around the mound in South Charleston
A new sci-fi/horror convention that is heavy on the horror.  Events planned include a monster parade and scream contest.  Guest include various actors from indy movies plus from Dawn of the Dead and Walking Dead, wrestler Chance Prophet, comic creators Daniel Boyd and Jason Pell; authors Keith Davis, Geoffrey Cameron Fuller, Karin Fuller, Kyle Lovern and others; artists J.R. Earls, Stacy Parker, and many other guests.  Groups for the con are 501st Legion, Original WV Paranormal, Heart of Appalachia Roller Girls, Cemetery Knights a hearse customization group, and model group Hearse Maidens. Live music will be provided by bands Renfields, the Monster Dolls, Dead Ringers, Nanker Phelge, and DJ Thunder.  Vendors include the like of costumers, prop makers, toy sellers, game dealers, and other collectables.  The event is free.

October Sky Rocket Boys Festival
October 5-7
Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine at New River Park in Beckley
The Rocket Boys Festival has moved from Coalwood to Beckley this year. The even will have four of the Rocket Boys, music performances, craft and food vendors, a rocket launch, fire hydrant painting contest, screenings of October Sky with commentary, writer’s workshop with Homer Hickam, paper airplane flights, and more.

Evil Dead The Musical
October 5-6, 12-13
Kanawha Players Theater in Charleston
Evil Dead The Musical is a campy rock-musical based on the cult classic Evil Dead/Army of Darkness movies. The music rocks, the stage blood flows freely and the chainsaws never run out of gas. Kanawha Players Theater brings it here for its area premiere production.  The show has strong language, adult situations, blood, gore, demonic possession, and some not so nice trees.  Children under 16 will not be allowed in without an adult.  Children over 16 enter at their own risk.  Tickets are $16 for adults and $10 for kids.

WV Pop Con
October 6-7
Mylan Expo Center in Morgantown
Another new con, this one a multi-genre convention.  The con will have a demonstration on zombie makeup costuming, a chance to create your own superhero, both a makeup and costume contest and a Magic tournament.  They have lined up several guests for the con.  Comic guests: Kyle Higgins, Rober Tinnell, Neil Vokes, Bo Hampton, JC Vaughn, Mark Wheatley, and several more mainstream and indy creators.  Other guests include podcaster Chris Ferrell, Morgantown Roller Vixens, Garrison Carida, RJ Haddy from Face Off, filmmaker Jacob Young, game designer Chevee Dodd, and others.  There will be comic, game, toys, publishers, and more vending at the con.  $15 for passes of both days.

Tsubasacon
October 12-14
Riverfront Ballroom and Conference Center in Huntington
WV’s premiere anime convention returns for it’s 9th year. Guest for this year include VAs Patrick Seitz (Hetalia, Durarara, Monster) and Lauren Landa (Madoka, Familiar of Zero, Nanoha), comic creator Dirk I. Tiede, steampunk band The Extraordinary Contraptions, video game journalist Justin McElroy and game show host Greggo. There will be: a formal ball, plenty of game shows, and the usual anime con events of panels, cosplay contest, AMV contest, video rooms, and rave.  Pre-reg is $35 till the end of August.

Jedicon WV
October 13
Sistersville Fire Hall in Sistersville
Little Star Wars con up North. You can expect vendors, door prizes, trivia contest, charity auction, appearances by Ken Simmons principal photographer for Kenner packaging and publicity images, Garrison Carida and The Rebel Legion Star Wars costume groups. Just a dollar for admission.

Morgantown Zombie Walk
October 13
Top of High St next to Chi Omega sorority Morgantown
Walk begins at 8pm.  Sign up here.  On-site registration starts at 7pm and all zombies are asked to bring as much canned food as they can carry. All collected food will be distributed to the local food shelters. Beginning at 9pm, there will be a Zombie Prom. Advanced tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Illusive Skull Costume Castle located in the Mountaineer Mall. Tickets are also available at the door for $12.00. The Zombie Prom is for ages 16 and up, but those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

CharCon/Hack3rcon
October 19-21
Charleston Civic Center in Chareston
WV’s largest table top gaming event; in additional to a computer security conference/LAN event. They are having an Post Apocalypse theme this year. Event submission and pre-reg is up for this year. Know events are CharCon’s Premier Board Game Tournament, a Dungeon Crawl Tournament, various RPGs and miniatures, giant raffle, CCG tournaments, and a board game library. Hack3rcon will have panels on computer security and other related topics plus their own games.  Admission is $40, to attend Hack3rcon it is $75.

Rising Star 20
October 26-27
Harris Jefferson Student Center at Bluefield Stage College in Bluefield
WV’s oldest Sci-fi con is holding their 21st year. Guests for the year are Daniel Caton (author and BSC author), Chris DeHart (zombie make-up artist), Ashley Holohan (Furry artist), White Plectrum (filker), Dan Delby (comic creator), Paul Dellinger (UFO author), Brady Sheet (local author), Studio Unseen (webcomics), Black Diamond Paranormal Society, BSC Robotics Team, Abingdom Historical Combat, C. R. Ward (author), local artists Mark and Amanda Davis, and fan groups the 501st and USS Yeager,. Events list are electronic gaming, charity auction, art show, board gaming, costume call, panels, workshops, and more. Just $5 to get in. Free to BSC students and faculty.