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Dave Lavender: Mothman scares up some fun

Sep. 14, 2011 @ 08:45 PM

What has glowing red eyes and scares people on country roads?

The answer could be your ex, but maybe even scarier than that is the Mothman.

Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17-18, folks in Point Pleasant will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Mothman Festival with tours of the Mothman Museum and the TNT area where Mothman was sighted back in 1966.

While we have a full six pack of great festivals this weekend, it's worth taking a day to hit this fest as Mothman Museum curator and author, Jeff Wamsley, and crew put on a great one with some excellent live music by such folks as Huntington's Mark Smith and his Hillbilly Carnival, as well as 40-Lb. Snapper led by Parry Casto and the Mothman Band, as well as quirky vendors including a "Men in Black" dunk tank, "Star Wars" re-enactors, the Mystery Machine van, and more.

There are also guest speakers on the paranormal, ghosts and other wild and woolly happenings. While in downtown don't forget to visit the Point's beautiful riverfront and the Point Pleasant River Museum and Tu- Endiewei Park where the Kanawha River dumps into the Ohio.

And if X-Fest just barely scratched that metal itch last weekend, Brad Mayo and the guys of Given Hatred are throwing down a two-day metal fest at noon Saturday and Sunday at The Iron Gate.

On Saturday: Chainsaw Republic, Rebel Inc., Trigger Soul, Pain, Given Hatred, Devastation Device, and Disturbing The Peace; and on Sunday: Haulin Dust, Zeroking, Stacee Lawson, The Number Six, Unload, Dirt Merchant, Life State, and Born of Conviction. Go online at www.mothmanfestival.com for more info

Dave Lavender writes about regional travel for The Herald-Dispatch. Go online at www.davetrippin.com for more info.