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October 4, 2010

City to host Paranormal Expo

PLATTSBURGH — The City of Plattsburgh Recreation Department and the Northern New York Paranormal Research Society are teaming up on Saturday, Oct. 16, for the second-annual Northern New York Paranormal Expo.

The event will be held at the City Recreation Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Last year, more than 900 people went to the center, known as the Old Base gym, to see dozens of vendors spanning all types of paranormal offerings while guest speakers presented on many topics.

Organizers of this year's expo expect an even bigger event.

"We have many more vendors coming this year and have some fantastic featured speakers," Merrill McKee, president of the Paranormal Society, said in a news release.

"David Pitkin and Joe Citro have written many books about the paranormal in New York, Vermont and throughout New England and have been speaking about the stories they write for years. We are very excited to be able to bring them to Plattsburgh this year."

Attendees can hear from paranormal teams from as far away as Michigan.

The expo will include a vendor showcase featuring a wide range of products and services, including books, New Age gifts and accessories, tarot cards, a spirit guide artist, reiki healing, psychic readers, handmade jewelry, herbal healing, massage, crystals, stones, tattoos, paranormal research teams, Halloween decorations and more. Food will be available.

Steve Peters, superintendent of the City of Plattsburgh Recreation Department, described the event as family friendly.

"The Paranormal Expo really is a lot of fun, and it's something you can bring the whole family to," he said in a news release.

"There will be games, a bounce house and more for the kids to enjoy, while teenagers and parents can learn more about a wide range of paranormal topics."

Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for City Recreation Center gym members, students with a college ID and senior citizens. Children 12 and under are free.

Attendees can receive $1 off the price of admission for bringing a nonperishable food item for the Clinton County Food Shelf.

Advance tickets, for $5, can be purchased by visiting the EXPO website at Vendor spots are still available, with information available on the website.

McKee founded the Northern New York Paranormal Research Society in 2001 and has since recruited 20 members to the team.

The organization is based in Malone, and the team investigates claims of paranormal activity — from haunted homes to UFO sightings — throughout the North Country, down through Albany and beyond.

For more information, contact McKee at 651-4315 or e-mail

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