The annual Mothman Festival is slated to take place Sept.17-18. Along with entertainment and guest speakers, several new events have been added this year’s festival.
The 2010 Miss Mothman Festival Pageant will kick off this year’s event on Friday, Sept. 17. The pageant, slated to begin at 5 p.m., will take place at Point Pleasant Riverfront Park. During the event, the 2010 Teen, Miss, Ms. and Mrs. Mothman will be crowned. Additional festival royalty will be crowned on Saturday, Sept. 18 with the Tiny, Little and Junior Miss Mothman Pageant, slated to begin at 11 a.m. According to Delyssa Huffman, pageant director, several contestants are signed up to compete in this year’s event, which has grown to be one of the largest pageants in the state.
Also taking place on Saturday, Sept. 18 will be the Mothman 5K Run/Walk, which is new for this year’s festival. The 5K will begin at 8:30 a.m., with registration set for 7:30 a.m. The event is open to serious runners, joggers and walkers. Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female finishers as well as age group winners. Following both the 5K and pageant, the festival will get into gear with several activities slated to take place throughout the day.
From 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, festival-goers will have the opportunity to meet with the original Mothman eyewitnesses. In addition, several guest speakers are lined up for the day, including Chad Lambert, creator of the Mothman Comic, 10 a.m.; Joe Clark, founder of Commonwealth Paranormal, 11 a.m.; Alan Caviness, UFO investigator, “Caviness Report,” noon; Susan Shephard, author and ghost hunter, 1 p.m.; Rosemary Guiley, author, 2 p.m.; and Tom Ury, Mothman eyewitness, 1966, 3 p.m. Also set for 4 p.m. will be a special screening of “Eyes of Mothman” as well as a question and answer session with Matt Pellowski. All guest speakers sessions will take place in the Historic State Theater, located on Main St.
Live music will take place on Saturday as well. Those set to perform are the Jesse Crawford Band, noon; Jeremiah Meadows Band, 1 p.m.; Blue Z Band, 2 p.m.; 40 lb. Snapper, 3 p.m.; All of the Above, 4 p.m.; and Mothman Band, 8 p.m.
Other activities slated to take place on Saturday will be a Rodders-Club Cruise-In vintage car show at noon and downtown tram rides and tours, which will take place throughout the day. On Saturday evening, the popular TNT Hayride will take place. The hayrides will start at 7 p.m. at the West Virginia State Farm Museum, located just outside of the TNT area, where the original Mothman sightings took place. Those who take part in the hayrides will be treated to live music and refreshments. Tickets for the hayride can be purchased at the Mothman Festival Information kiosk, located at the Mothman Statue.
Festival fun continues on Sunday, Sept. 19 with more activities. Guest speakers set for the day include: Christa Carr, West Virginia State Social Studies Fair project winner, “Mothman,” noon; Ericca Cordier, author of “Mothman Returns,” 1 p.m.; Kurt McCoy, author of “White Things,” 2 p.m.; and Andy Colvin, author and Mothman photographer, 3 p.m. Live music will be provided throughout the day by the Jeremiah Meadows Band, noon; Mark Smith, 1 p.m.; Jesse Crawford Band, 2 p.m.; and Parry Casto, 3 p.m.
Festival-goers will have the opportunity to see Kentucky’s own “Turtleman” on both Saturday and Sunday of the festival. Ernie Brown, known as “Turtleman” will be on hand near the Mothman Statue to show off the 40 pound snapper turtles that he catches with his bare hands. Myst3ry, Inc. also will have an authentic replica of the “Mystery Machine” used in the Scooby-Doo series on display during the festival.
In addition to scheduled activities, the Mothman Museum will be open during the festival.
For more information, visit the Web site, www.mothmanfestival.com.