• Morgan McGill

18th Annual Mothman Festival: Calling all Cryptid Enthusiasts

The infamous Mothman festival was held on the weekend of September 21st, Point Pleasant, West Virginia. With independent artists, guest speakers, live bands, charity cosplayers, and every establishment in town partaking in this celebration of their beloved trademark creature, the 18th annual festival was certainly a one of a kind event.

The celebrated Mothman first appeared in this small town in 1966, when a couple reportedly saw a “Man Sized… Creature,” and since then there have been many claims of sightings by the locals. When author John Keel wrote the hit novel “The Mothman Prophecies” in 1975, this red-eyed cryptid reached beyond the Ohio river and was in instant nationwide phenomenon, and prompted the creation of a film of the same name.

The large number of attendees could be seen from early Saturday morning, the world’s only Mothman Museum had a line all the way down Main Street.

While all visitors were encouraged to come in costume, certain individuals in Star Wars, Ghostbuster, and Men in Black cosplayers helped raise funds for local children’s charities through taking donations and selfies with the attendants.

Youtuber Dan Bell was joined by several paranormal experts and cryptid researchers during the weekends events, recording a live podcast and hosting lectures on the creature in the historic Main Street Theatre.

This year’s Mothman Festival was a huge success as seen by the large turnout, and everyone is eagerly awaiting next year’s tribute to this West Virginia legend.

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