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October 26th & 27th, 2024

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Ken Gerhard

Cryptozoologist, Researcher, Author

Presentation:  Cryptozoology 101

Presentation:  Cryptids of Arkansas

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Ken Gerhard is a widely-recognized cryptozoologist, author and lecturer who frequently appears on television. Ken has traveled the world searching for evidence of mysterious creatures including Bigfoot, The Loch Ness Monster, the Chupacabra, Mothman and The Beast of Gevaudan. In addition, he's written six books on the subject of unknown animals. His research has been featured on numerous TV shows including - Missing in Alaska, Monster Quest, Ancient Aliens, America Unearthed, The UnXplained and Legend Hunters.  Ken has appeared on major networks including History Channel, Travel Channel, Discovery, Animal Planet, SyFy and National Geographic. He can currently be seen on the History Channel series, The Proof is Out There.

Bishop James Long

Bishop of the United States Old Catholic Church
Host of the Sacred Division Radio Show

Presentations:  Exorcisms

Bishop James Long 

Bishop James Long, has been in the Paranormal field for over 30 years.  He serves as the Exorcist for the United States Old Catholic Church and has performed 30 documented Exorcisms on individuals who were validly possessed.
Bishop Long hosts the Sacred Division Radio Show, which he started in 2005 and discusses everything that is related to the Paranormal field.  He discusses Demonology and Possession on his show as well as other topics and teaches about the dangers that come with investigating Demonic cases.  He is currently being featured on Travel Channels, "The Legion of Exorcists

Debbie Ziegelmeyer

MUFON Business Board of Directors, Functional Director of Underwater Research and Recovery, MUFON Missouri State Director, MUFON Star Team Investigator, Benefactor and Inner Circle Member, MUFON Archivist & Author


Saturday - 50th Anniversary of the SE Missouri
Ozarks UFO Flap

Sunday - The Alien Colonization of Earth's Waterways

Debbie Ziegelmeyer 
Alien Colonization of Earths Waterways

Debbie Ziegelmeyer
joined MUFON in 2000 and became a Field Investigator shortly after.  She is currently a MUFON Star Team Investigator, Missouri State Director, a member of the MUFON Business Board of Directors, the Functional Director of Underwater Research and Recovery, a Benefactor, A MUFON Archivist, co-founder of the MUFON Dive Team and a PADI Instructor.

She was a consultant on two episodes of "Alien Highway," appeared on two episodes of "Alaska Triagle," and appeared on the 2021 Discovery+ series "Roswell the Final Verdict."  In 2017 she was awarded both the "Roswell Incident Excellence Award" by the Roswell Daily Record, and "MUFON Field Investigator of the Year." In 2023 Debbie was also awarded the "MUFON Chapter of the Year" award.

In 2021 she released her first book, "The Alien Colonization of Earth's Waterways," and in April 2023, released her second book, "The 50th Anniversary of the SE Missouri Ozarks UFO Flap.



Carol Pate


 Presentation: My life as a Psychic & Open Gallery Discussion

Saturday & Sunday - 3:30

   Carol Pate

Carol Pate was born with psychic abilities. By the age of 12, she was working with law enforcement agencies in helping them solve cases of embezzlement, homicide and missing persons. She is now a licensed minister, a teacher and a practicing psychic counselor. Ms. Pate was chosen in 1991 as the top female psychic in the U.S. by Unicorn World Coordination and Tokyo Broadcast System in Japan. She has been featured in three international television documentaries and has worked with all facets of the media at local, state and national levels, as well as internationally. She has appeared as a guest expert on "The Geraldo Rivera Show" and has also appeared on "The Other Side", "Sightings", "Unsolved Mysteries" and "Beyond Chance". Most recent on MSNBC Abrahams Report", "Psychic Detectives" and "Larry King Live."  Through the University of Arkansas continuing education program, Ms. Pate taught her "ESP and the Paranormal" course for 5 years.  She continues to conduct private workshops and seminars on a regularly scheduled basis.  As time permits, she is available for speaking engagements at schools, colleges, churches and civic organizations.  Her private practice includes working with the public on multiple levels.  She has given thousands of personal readings utilizing her psychometric talent and other psychic abilities to offer counsel and advice in all areas of personal concern.  She has also worked with thousands of missing persons and murder cases with great success.

Carol Pate Psychic Center



Robert Swain

Bigfoot Field Researcher

Co-Founder of Arkansas Primates Evidence Society and Laughsquatch Cartoons

Director of Alliance of Independent Bigfoot Researchers

Presentations: Bigfoot In Arkansas & Open Gallery Discussion


Robert Swain has had a life -long interest in the Sasquatch mystery.  He has been a field researcher since 2006, looking for Bigfoot primarily in the hills of Arkansas.  Robert is the artist of the Laughsquatch cartoons and is the author of, "Laughsquatch: Is In The Bag!" He is a regular speaker at Bigfoot conferences across the country and serves on the board of AIBR - Alliance of Independent Bigfoot Researchers and is co-founder of APES - Arkansas Primate Evidence Society. 

Robert Swain

Adrian & Tina Scalf

Founders of River Valley Paranormal Research & Investigations (RVPRI)

Presentation - Hidden - Dangers of Paranormal Investigating From A Personal Perspective.

A paranormal survivor shining a light on the darker aspect of ghost hunting. Monsters can walk among us.

Adrian and Tina Scalf

In 2006 Adrian and his wife, Tina, formed River Valley Paranormal Research & Investigations (RVPRI) in Ft. Smith, Arkansas after experiencing paranormal activity in two of their homes.  As a lifelong non-believer in anything described as "paranormal', Adrian was convinced that he was wrong when he experienced an undeniable paranormal encounter in 1999.  With a firm Biblical perspective on the world, and a foundation rooted in common sense, Adrian has made it his mission to help those who have no one else to turn to.  As someone who did not receive any support from his own church when he was in crisis, he knows the importance of offering a spiritual perspective on paranormal experiences for those who place their faith in God.  Adrian and Tina specialize in home investigations, and since they've started done over 400 investigations in which they have helped hundreds of families through dark times, even when faced with personal risk.  They and their RVPRI team have been featured on Ghost Adventures when the show investigated Fort Chaffee Arkansas.  Adrian and Tina were also seen in the movies Soul Catcher and The Unseen, produced and directed for SyFy by the Booth Brothers and one of their encounters has been features in "Seekers," directed by Alan Lowe.  They have also been featured in several books.

Martha Hazzard Decker

East Texas Paranormal, Author, Retired Police Detective &
Assistant Chief of Police

Presentation:  Saturday

Haunted Hill House, Where Spirits Speak

Presentation:  Sunday

 Paranormal Profiling 2

Paranormal ProfilingMartha DeckerHaunted Hill House

Martha Hazzard Decker spent most of her adult life exploring a variety of locations, including historical locations.  A couple favorites are Ft. Sumter, N.C. and Myrtles Plantation in LA.  Decker tends to look at locations with a different eye than most because of her photography, law enforcement and journalist background. She lectures around the country, has been on numerous radio shows, is a published author and received a first place award from Associated Press in specialty reporting for an investigative article while working at the Cedar Creek Pilot. She has written three books, Paranormal Profiling, Healing Waters, Brothels and Murders - Haunted Hill House, Where Spirits Speak which was released in 2020. Decker has been involved in investigating the paranormal since 1999 and founded East Texas Paranormal in 2007. She was  with the law enforcement in Texas for over 15 years as a detective, negotiator, instructor and assistant chief of police when she retired. She has been on several TV shows.

Pat Fitzhugh

 Author, Researcher & Paranormal Adventurer

Presentations: The Bell Witch Haunting

Author of, "The Bell Witch Haunting" the most terrifying legend in American history that happened 200 years ago..

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Pat Fitzhugh became interested in the paranormal as a child.  He was seriously researching the paranormal by the age of 13, and went on his first ghost hunt 2 years later.  Along the way, he developed a keen interest in Tennessee's local legends, including the Bell Witch. As an adult, he has investigated some of America's most haunted locations.  A self-described "skeptical believer," Fitzhugh bases his investigations on scientific methods and harsh scrutiny of evidence.  In addition to conducting more than thirty investigations each year, he writes books, lectures at paranormal events and occasionally appears on paranormal-themed TV shows.

Erik Rintamakii

Founder of Yooperlites, Michigan

Presentations: Discovering Yooperlites & 2019 UFO Experience

Saturday & Sunday - MacArthur Tower Theater

11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.

Erik RintamakiYooperlites

Erik Rintamaki
is a life long rock hound from Brimley, Michigan. In 2017 he was picking the shores of Lake Superior at night using longwave UV Lights and made the discovery of a lifetime. Every rock pickers dream is to find something new and Erik did just that.  What Erik found was later tested and verified to be Syenites rich in fluorescent Sodalite, which he branded
Yooperlites. Testing was the first verified occurrence of fluorescent Sodalite in Michigan.  In May of 2018 Erik was credited with the discovery in The Mineral News of fluorescent Sodalite in Michigan.  In May of 2018 Erik was credited with the discovery in The Mineral News.

Yooperlites have now become a worldwide phenomena with thousands of articles and news stories written about them.  In 2018 Yooperlites were features in articles by CBS, NBC, ABC, Forbes Magazine, The Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News.  In 2019 Erik and Yooperlites were featured in both the April and May issues of Rock & Gem magazine, and PBS did a documentary as well.

*While doing a tour one night on Lake Superior, he had his UFO experience that changed his life and beliefs.*

In 2020 Erik was featured on Travel Channels, Paranormal Caught on Camera. His UFO video was #16 of the top 100 and made it to the shows finale.

In 2021 Erik was featured on History Channels, The Proof Is Out There
, Expedition X and Skinwalker Ranch in 2022.

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