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'Paracon' Convention in Mahnomen

There will be an invasion of ghost hunters, Jason Voorhees and a favorite target of "Halloween" slasher Michael Myers at the Shooting Star Casino Event Center Friday and Saturday Oct. 12-13.

The second annual "ParaCon" Paranormal Convention is set to go, and this time, it's a bigger and more famous talent-laden ticket.

Last year, the first ParaCon was held and it brought good results and numbers out to the Mahnomen casino.

As the marketing director of Shooting Star, Hotel and Convention Center Bill Marsh said, it's an opportune time to build on that momentum.

"Our goal is for the convention to be an event for paranormal enthusiasts and hopefully we can build it as the premier one in Minnesota and North Dakota," Marsh said.

This year, though, there is a slash of horror and sci-fi included on the bill, as well.

Included on the Oct. 12 bill, will be longtime stuntman Kane Hodder, who is famously known as Jason from the Friday the 13th movie series and Danielle Harris, who was the main target of Michael Myers in Halloween 4 and 5.

But the variety doesn't end there, as Rick McCallum will be in attendance, who is known as the film producer who worked on The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, as well as the Star Wars prequel series.

"We wanted to build an event not focused 100-percent on the paranormal," Marsh said. "We wanted to reach out to another demographic of audience."

But the Oct. 12-13 convention will have some of the biggest names in paranormal, as well.

Returning from the first convention will be Ghost Hunters International investigator Kris Williams.

Famous demonologist and the star of SyFy's Haunted Collector John Zaffis will be on hand, along with family and cast members Chris and Aimee Zaffis Oct. 13.

Famed Ghost Hunters pair Steve Gonsalvas and Dave Tango will conclude the convention Saturday evening.

Also on hand will be SyFy Destination Truth host and adventurer Josh Gates, along with producer Rex Williams.

Making a return will be UFO Proof Positive host Stanton Friedman, along with psychics Chip Coffey and Lisa Phillips.

Kicking off the convention will be local paranormal research group, the Midwest Paranormal Files, which presented evidence from its local investigation of the old Pine Point School at last year's event.

The date has changed to earlier in October to capture that Halloween ambience.

"We wanted it before Halloween, simply to build on that mystique," Marsh said. "Last year, we were very surprised with the turnout, so we lined up more talent to hopefully attract more people to the event."

All the presenters will have booths to meet the public, and there will be vendors set up at the convention center as well.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 10. A two-day pass will cost $60, which is general admission.

Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN.