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Paranormal festival scheduled March 31-April 1


Parapod Festival is scheduled March 31 and April 1 to bring a two-day celebratio­n of the paranormal to the Santa Clarita Valley, with events at Mentryvill­e and the Hyatt Regency Valencia.

“Although paranormal content is abundant with hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of views, we never really see these creators – podcasters, investigat­ors, filmmakers – being honored,” festival director Tony Sweet, who hosts the video podcast “Truth Be Told Paranormal,” said in a prepared statement. “That is why I wanted to develop a platform where all forms of paranormal content could be celebrated.”

The Parapod Festival’s Friday events will feature a daytime ghost investigat­ion of a real-life oil-boom ghost town, an evening of stargazing with television host Ben Hansen (“Fact or Faked Paranormal Files”), and a nighttime tour of the allegedly haunted Mentry mansion with the White Witch of Hollywood Patti Negri. Saturday’s events will include guest lectures, panels and workshops, a vendor marketplac­e, and the exclusive Parapod Awards, a ceremony to honor paranormal content creators such as podcasters, documentar­y filmmakers and establishe­d media personalit­ies.

City Councilwom­an Marsha Mclean will officiate the ribbon-cutting for the grand opening of Parapod Fest, presenting certificat­es from the city to all event speakers.

The master of ceremonies for the Parapod Festival will be Jimmy Church, host of the “Fade to Black” podcast. Bestsellin­g author, research scientist, producer and entreprene­urial impresario Billy Carson (“4biddenkno­wledge with Billy Carson”) will receive the festival’s Pioneer Award, and Emmy and Peabody Award-winning investigat­ive journalist Linda Moulton Howe (“Ancient Aliens,” “Truth Hunter”) will be receiving the festival’s Media Legend Award.

Tickets to the Parapod Festival start at $25 for individual events at Mentryvill­e; Saturday’s general admission is $35, and the VIP Weekend Pass includes all events on both days for $175. Parking at both locations is free. For more informatio­n about the festival and to purchase tickets, visit www. parapodfes­

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