Community prepares for arrival of Mothman Fest
by Beth Sergent firstname.lastname@example.org
POINT PLEASANT — The countdown is on for this year’s Mothman Festival, a time where Point Pleasant’s population, at least for a day, doubles.
Denny Bellamy with Mason County Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the festival is a major money maker for the area, saying not only is the Lowe Hotel booked, but so are hotels in Gallipolis, Ohio, Hurricane and Ripley. In short, this once small festival has wide-reaching appeal and effect.
Bellamy said the Saturday of the Mothman Festival is typically the largest retail day of the year for downtown businesses. However, not only does the festival financially benefit downtown but visitors have to travel to the TNT area and West Virginia State Farm Museum, spreading the wealth and spending those dollars at businesses along the way.
This year, there are activities on Main Street until around 11:30 p.m. this Saturday, including this year’s debut of the First Mothman Ball at the State Theater. This will include a special and free show performed by DJ KOS (more on this show in tomorrow’s Point Pleasant Register).
“Whether you are into the Mothman or not, it’s the people that make the festival,” Bellamy said. “They’re from everywhere. That’s what makes it fun.”
Bellamy said there’s never been any problems caused by the people who come to the festival and its a good crowd surrounded by interesting and diverse vendors and “excellent”food. In addition, Bellamy said the Mothman Pageants are some of the best and largest in the state. This year, the Mothman Pageants will be held downtown Sept. 19, (Tiny, Little, Young and Junior Miss) as well as Sept. 20 (Little Mr., Teen, Miss, Ms. and Mrs).
The following is an itinerary of the upcoming festival: Saturday, Sept. 21 will feature the following live music at Point Pleasant Riverfront Park - noon, Moonshine Crossing, 2 p.m., Bunkhammer, 4 p.m., Two River Junction, 6 p.m., 40lb Snapper, 8 p.m., Blue Z Band. In addition, the Mothman Band will perform at 8 p.m., Sept. 21 at the West Virginia State Farm Museum.
Also on Saturday, the following guest speakers have been booked at the State Theater: 10 a.m., Patrecia Gray speaking on Mothman Experiences; 11 a.m., Chad Lambert speaking on Mothman Comic Book; noon, Fred Saluga speaking on UFO’s and Cryptozoology; 1 p.m., Stan Gordon speaking on Strange Pennsylvania; 2 p.m., Rosemary Guiley speaking on Haunted West Virginia. 3 p.m., Susan Sheppard speaking on The Derenberger Tapes. 4 p.m., Lyle Blackburn speaking on Beast of Boggy Creek. 5 p.m., Sharon Shull speaking on Mary Hyre/UFO Sightings. 6 p.m., Robin Bellamy speaking on the History of Mothman. 7 p.m., Jeff Waldridge speaking on Conspiracy Theories.
Sunday, Sept. 22, will feature the following live music at Point Pleasant Riverfront Park: noon, The Dub V’s; 2 p.m., Blitzkrieg; 4 p.m., Jesse Crawford Band.
Also on Sunday, the following guest speakers have been booked: noon, Tom Ury speaking on his eyewitness Mothman account; 1 p.m., Neal Parks speaking on Gargoyles, Angels and Demons; 2 p.m., Dale Morton speaking on Mothman Costume; 3 p.m., Matt Pellowski speaking about Eyes of Mothman.
Other things to do include a Walking Ghost Tour on Friday, Sept. 20 and Saturday, Sept. 21 with tickets $10 per person, $5 per child, children under 12 can go on the tour for free. The tour starts at the Coffee Grinder. Call 304-593-9922 to purchase tickets in advance. In addition, the popular haunted tour of the Lowe Hotel will also be held with information at the hotel.
Aerial TNT tours will be held all day on Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Mason County Airport, call 304-675-7765.
Downtown tram rides will be offered for $2 per person through downtown Point Pleasant
The Mothman Museum will be open 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Saturday and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday the weekend of the festival. Cost is $3 adults, $1 kids 11 and under.
TNT Bus Tours will take place and include a 75 minute tour of landmarks in the TNT area. Tickets will be at mothmanlives.com booth.
TNT Hayrides are at 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21 at West Virginia Farm Museum with tickets on sale at 10 a.m. that day, adults $5, children under 12 ride for $3.
There will also be a rock climbing wall, inflatable bouncing tents, face painting, karaoke, live bands at the Iron Gate Grille, spot the Men in Black and Mothman, Riverside Cloggers at noon and 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22.
“The festival brings a tremendous amount of people into our town,” Bellamy said, adding this year there will be another “surprise” planned for festival goers and though it’s being kept a secret, he said anyone who attends the festival will experience it.
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