The Daily Independent

ASHLAND “Storm Area 51 — They can’t stop us all!”  

They can, and they did.

The Facebook event urging a raid at the U.S. Air Force facility at the Nevada Test and Training Range planned for Sept, 20, 2019 was canceled. But if you still want to get your fill of the paranormal, there are several conventions planned that are a lot closer than Nevada.

Cryptid Con

Cryptid Con (Bigfoot, Monsters, and Legends) will be Sept. 7 and 8 at the Clarion Hotel Conference Center. N 1950 Newtown Pike in Lexington.

The convention will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days, with several guests from the world of cryptozoology, including the stars of the Travel Channel show “Mountain Monsters.”  Information about other guests and tickets can be found on the Facebook page and at


Scarefest will be from Sept. 12 through 15 at the Lexington Convention Center, downtown Lexington, 430 W. Vine St.

Several paranormal guests will appear, including Destination America’s “Ghost Brothers” and two of the stars of A&E’s “Ghost Hunters/Ghost Nation” Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango. There also will be stars from the horror genre such as Bruce Campbell of “Evil Dead” fame and Linda Blair of “The Exorcist.”  Times are 4 to 9 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Other information, tickets and photo ops can be found



The Mothman Festival is a yearly event in downtown Point Pleasant, W.Va. It fills several blocks of the street with food and all things Mothman.

This year’s festival will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 21 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 22.

Along with vendors, there also will be live music on the riverfront, hayrides and bus tours of the TNT area, and chances to hear experts and authors speak about cryptids like Mothman and Bigfoot (including Zach Bales, an Area 51 investigator). The festival is free, but there are fees for the tours, the museum and some parking.   

Further information and a list of the speakers can be found on Facebook and at

Fall Fan Fest

If the supernatural isn’t your thing, perhaps Superheroes are.  

New this year, Lexington Comic and Toy Convention will have Fall Fan Fest from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 7 in downtown Lexington at the Lexington Convention Center 430 West Vine St. The comic-centric event is family friendly with  celebrities such as Jim Steranko (comic industry legend) and two of the stars from the TV show “Comic Book Men” Mike Zapcic and Ming Chen.

Tickets can be purchased and a full lists of guests can be found at Links and other announcements can be found on the Facebook page.

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