PLATTSBURGH - The Northern New York Paranormal Research Society and the City of Plattsburgh Recreation Department are doing it again.
The two organizations are bringing back the Northern New York Paranormal Expo next Saturday, Oct. 16, to the City of Plattsburgh Recreation Center. The event, now in its second year, was in high demand from visitors to the inaugural event last October, said NNYPRS founder and president Merrill McKee.
"Our goal was to get about 500 people there last year, but we surpassed that with about 900," said McKee. "I was ecstatic. I was very happy with the response."
This year's expo will feature many of the same kinds of vendors as last year, said McKee, offering books about hauntings, new age products, tarot cards and other items that pique interest of those interested in the paranormal. The expo will once again feature guest speakers from across the region and the Northeast, said McKee. Among the speakers will be David Pitkin of Saratoga Springs, an author of numerous books on hauntings in New York and throughout New England; Vermont author and radio commentator Joe Citro, and Dan Lowenski, a speaker at last year's expo.
"Last year, Dan discussed UFOs. This year, he's presenting a talk called 'The Ark of the Covenant: Movies, Mystery and Myth,'" said McKee. "He's done a lot of research on the ark and its representation in movies. He's even built a life-size replica of the ark."
The NNYPRS investigation team will also be on-hand to discuss the investigation process, which McKee said people found "very interesting" at last year's expo.
"People always want to know more about the equipment the NNYPRS uses," said McKee. "So, some of our team will be talking about that, what we use it for and the equipment our tech guys have even created."
McKee said with the expanded offering at this year's event, he anticipates attendance will be even greater.
"I think we're really going to have even more people turn out this year. A lot of people have been asking us to do it again," said McKee. "It's gotten bigger than we expected."
And, McKee groups himself in with those counting the days down to the event.
"I'm looking forward to it," said McKee. "Not only because it's going to be fun, but because it's always a good thing for our group to show people who we are and what we do."
The expo will be held next Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission will be $6 for adults at the door and $4 for City Recreation Center gym members, students with a college ID, and senior citizens. Children 12 and younger will be admitted free. Attendees can receive $1 off the price of admission for bringing a nonperishable food item to be donated to local food pantries.
For more information, contact McKee at 651-4315 or visit www.nnyprs.com/expo.htm.