Some­thing spooky on the cards in Euroa this Sun­day

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS - BY GRACE EVANS gevans@ ne­me­

THE hunt for some­thing haunted and eerie is hap­pen­ing this Sun­day in Euroa, with the World’s Largest Ghost Hunt mak­ing its way to town.

The Worlds Largest Ghost Hunt is an international event where over 150 para­nor­mal in­ves­ti­ga­tion teams in 10 dif­fer­ent coun­tries are all in­ves­ti­gat­ing at dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions at ex­actly the same time.

The event be­gins with a shot­gun start at the Com­mand Cen­tre in Ohio.

Euroa’s very own hunt is be­ing held at the Euroa “The Mid­dle” Ho­tel start­ing at 10am, af­ter in­trigued para­nor­mal in­ves­ti­ga­tors found the old build­ing to be quite the spot.

The Twisted His­tory Team in con­junc­tion with Spirit Para­nor­mal In­ves­ti­ga­tions will be host­ing the event.

Cat Ward from Spirit Para­nor­mal In­ves­ti­ga­tions will be a part of the day at Euroa and said her ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion at the ho­tel prompted her to want to get back there for this event.

“I came to Euroa Ho­tel about a year ago and did an ini­tial overnight in­ves­ti­ga­tion and col­lected some in­ter­est­ing sounds,” Ms Ward said.

“Old ho­tels with a lot of his­tory are al­ways great spots, with a lot of pa­trons com­ing and go­ing through the build­ing through­out the years.

“His­tory and the para­nor­mal just tend to go hand in hand.”

On the day, cus­tomers will be taken on a two hour in­ves­ti­ga­tion of ar­eas not nec­es­sar­ily avail­able to the pub­lic.

They will be shown what hap­pens in an in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­clud­ing how to use the equip­ment, why cer­tain ex­per­i­ments are con­ducted and of course his­tory of the build­ing.

Ms Ward also said the colour­ful char­ac­ters that have passed through Euroa through­out his­tory made it even more of in­ter­est to her and the team.

The event is set to high­light the his­tor­i­cal build­ings that are utilised dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Twisted His­tory’s Deb Robin­son is also look­ing for­ward to the day and said ho­tels in colo­nial Vic­to­ria have al­ways been the hub of the com­mu­nity and they are usu­ally the sites of great emo­tion.

“Coun­try ho­tels would of­ten be used as makeshift morgues as the cel­lars would be the cold­est places in town to keep the body un­til author­i­ties could de­ter­mine the man­ner of death,” Mrs Robin­son said.

Be­cause of this, Mrs Robin­son said the group Twisted His­tory started up Aus­tralia’s Haunted Ho­tels about 18 months ago, where they visit dif­fer­ent ho­tels, hav­ing din­ner with cus­tomers and then con­duct­ing a two hour para­nor­mal in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“The Euroa Ho­tel is a great ex­am­ple of a Vic­to­rian ho­tel built in the 1880s to cater to the thou­sands of min­ers all around the world trav­el­ling to north­ern gold­fields,” Mrs Robin­son said.

“It was a fine ex­am­ple of the af­flu­ence from the gold­fields with the orig­i­nal owner Ge­orge Suther­land com­ing from a ho­tel in Beech­worth.”

Al­though there’s no guar­an­tee of an in­ter­ac­tion with a ghost at any time, Mrs Robin­son said they will use a range of equip­ment and ex­per­i­ments to hope­fully make con­di­tions as ‘con­ducive as pos­si­ble’ for in­ter­ac­tions to hap­pen.

“Some­times it can de­pend on the en­er­gies of the group, and in­ves­ti­ga­tors as to whether they will en­gage with us or not,” Mrs Robin­son said.

Euroa Ho­tel’s Vikki Jones is look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing the teams into the ho­tel and said it’s a great thing for the com­mu­nity.

Cus­tomers need to be 18 years plus to par­tic­i­pate and tick­ets can be pur­chased on­line, with all pro­ceeds be­ing do­nated back to the venue.

The event will also be livestreamed over the in­ter­net so that no mat­ter where in the world you are you will be able to watch.

OLD HIS­TORY COMES BACK ALIVE: With a long in­ter­est­ing his­tory, Euroa Ho­tel was a prime spot for in­ves­ti­ga­tors to hold their ghost hunt.

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