Familiar faces returning to Mothman Festival


POINT PLEASANT — The 16th annual Mothman Festival is less than a month away and some familiar faces are booked to appear.

Last year, the line was literally around the block to see the AIMS Team from Destination America’s hit TV show “Mountain Monsters” who will be returning. Festival organizers are saying to once again expect long lines and bring a chair if you need one, though organizers said, last year’s festival goers reported the “wait was worth it.” The team will once again be stationed across from the post office on Main Street. This is a free event so no tickets are required. Although the AIMS team will have plenty of merchandise on hand to purchase.

The festival is a blend of street fair, paranormal conference and Comic-Con. It has become a destination for those into Cosplay, which are fans dressed as their favorite characters from films, books and video games. The Star Wars 501st Legion, the West Virginia and Ohio chapters of the Ghostbusters will be attending, along with Bigfoot, the Men in Black and, of course, Mothman. Those festival attendees who like to get into character are encouraged to wear their costumes but keep them limited to family friendly attire.

Discussions on a variety of topics, all held in the historic State Theater, are also a festival tradition.

Speakers for Saturday, Sept. 16:

11 a.m., Tad Greathouse, local historian and resident, topic is “The History of the Infamous TNT area.” Noon, George Dudding, author-writer-teacher, topic is “The Silver Bridge Disaster of 1967.” 1 p.m., Lyn Fawn Cornwell, descendent of Shawnee Chief Cornstalk, topic is “The Legend and Life of Chief Cornstalk.” 2 p.m., Rosemary E. Guiley, author and leading paranormal expert, topic is “The 2017 Chicago Flying Humanoids Wave.” 3 p.m., Jason Hawes and J.V. Johnson, Ghost Hunters TV show and Beyond Realty radio hosts, topic is to be announced. 4 p.m., Lyle Blackburn, author-musician-TV personality, topic is “In Search of the Southern Sasquatch.” 5 p.m., Cameron Jones, UFO researcher and cryptozoologist, topic is “Strange Tales from Appalachia.” 6 p.m., Ron Murphy, writer and paranormal U.K. radio show host, topic is “Winged Entities of the Faerie Realm.” 7 p.m., Robert Robinson, author and researcher, topic is “The Skunk Ape of Florida.”

Speakers for Sunday, Sept. 17:

Noon, Steve Ward, UFO and weird phenomenon investigator, topic is “High Strangeness.” 1 p.m., David Weatherly, author and investigator, topic is “Black Eyed Kids & Flying Humanoids.” 2 p.m., Bill Brock, investigator and TV personality, topic is “Portals. What Are They? Are They Real?” 3 p.m., Ohio Ghost Hunters Paranormal Investigators, topic is “A Guide to Ghost Hunting and Paranormal Investigations.”

Also, a Friday Night Kick Starter event held on Sept. 15, will feature a screening of “Mothman of Point Pleasant” at the State Theater. This screening is free and starts at 8 p.m. Filmmaker Seth Breedlove and crew will be on hand at 7 p.m. for a discussion about the film. They will have DVD copies of the movie for sale and will sign them.

Festival hours are typically 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday with ground zero being located at the Mothman Statue and World’s Only Mothman Museum which is adjacent to the statue. The festival has free admission.

More on the Mothman Festival, and a complete schedule of its events, in upcoming editions.

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Last year, the line was literally around the block to see the AIMS Team from Destination America’s hit TV show “Mountain Monsters.” Here, a fan meets with one of the show’s stars at the 2016 Mothman Festival.
http://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2017/08/web1_9.20-PPR-Mothman-17.jpgLast year, the line was literally around the block to see the AIMS Team from Destination America’s hit TV show “Mountain Monsters.” Here, a fan meets with one of the show’s stars at the 2016 Mothman Festival. Beth Sergent | Register

The West Virginia and Ohio chapters of the Ghostbusters, which raises money for children’s charities, will also be returning to the Mothman Festival this year. Pictured are team members at last year’s festival.
http://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2017/08/web1_9.20-PPR-Mothman-8.jpgThe West Virginia and Ohio chapters of the Ghostbusters, which raises money for children’s charities, will also be returning to the Mothman Festival this year. Pictured are team members at last year’s festival. Beth Sergent | Register
List of guest speakers also released

By Beth Sergent

bsergent@aimmediamidwest.com

Beth Sergent is editor of Ohio Valley Publishing.