We also sold a lot of cool stuff! Thanks to the awesomeness of ThinkTwice Buttons, are HPIR logo buttons came in early, and made a perfect promotional item. Melissa, HPIR Founder/President, made the coolest chocolate Mothman suckers you've EVER seen, which sold like crazy...and also made a great snack for those of us working the table, lol! I even managed to sell some Mothman candles I had made, and two remaining Haunted Huntington Preview books I found in my trunk.
The weather was beautiful, the crowds were plentiful, and as always, Jeff Wamsley was right on top of things, helpful and as kind as always. Still, it felt like something was missing. This is WV's biggest paranormal event of the year! We talked to people who literally come in from every corner of the continental United States to attend this festival, yet the representation from the WV paranormal community was few and far between. Also, as much as I LOVE the speakers that attend, I don't feel bad about not getting to go listen to them while working the table because they are the same speakers year after year, lol. I've already heard all of them, and some even use the same basic presentation year after year, mixing things up only slightly.
Next year, I'd LOVE to see the West Virginia paranormal community come out a little stronger and really let the world see the diversity and scope of what we have to offer. In a sense, this is OUR event, too, and it is a great opportunity to talk to a lot of interesting people.
Special shout-out to Bryna Butler of the Gallipolis area! Bryna sat across from us at the festival, and is the author of a wonderful YA paranormal romance series. The Midnight Guardian Series, set in Southern Ohio, looks REALLY awesome from what I've seen so far, and I'll be ordering my copy of the first book from Amazon shortly! Thanks, Bryna, for your hospitality and for wearing our HPIR button! Good luck with your book series!
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