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Bigfoot is coming! What to know about Monster Fest in downtown Canton this summer

By Ed Balint, The Repository,

  • Seth Breedlove, known for his film "Minerva Monster," is presenting the convention.
  • Television personalities, researchers, authors and podcasters will be discussing Sasquatch, mythical creatures, UFOs and the paranormal.

CANTON − New details have been announced for the inaugural Monster Fest.

An extravaganza of the strange and bizarre — from Bigfoot to UFOs to winged creatures to ghosts — Monster Fest is June 3 at DoubleTree by Hilton in downtown Canton.

Presented by filmmaker and documentarian Seth Breedlove and his Massillon-based Small Town Monsters production company, the event promises to be intriguing and weirdly fun regardless of whether you believe in sasquatch and other phenomena of the "The X-Files" variety.

In 2015, Breedlove's film "Minerva Monster" explored the reported sightings of an apelike creature in the 1970s in Paris Township in Stark County. The project launched a career that has included scores of films and investigations in Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Alaska, California, North Carolina, Oregon, Virginia and other states.

On Tuesday, Breedlove announced a list of speakers at Monster Fest and other new details. Here's what you need to know about the summer event.

Who's coming to Monster Fest?

Authors, investigators, television personalities and Hollywood screenwriters — a virtual who's who in the field of cryptids and mythical creatures.

They include:

  • Cliff Barackman of Animal Planets' long-running "Finding Bigfoot" series.
  • Richard Hatem, a film producer and writer known for "The Mothman Prophecies."
  • Stan Gordon, a Pennsylvania-based Bigfoot and UFO researcher and author.
  • Loren Coleman, a museum curator, author and television personality.
  • Podcasters Scott Philbrook and Forrest Burgess of "Astonishing Legends."
  • Lyle Blackburn, a television personality and author.
  • Local Bigfoot researcher Amy Bue.

Breedlove and his crew from Small Town Monsters also will be on hand. Speakers will discuss Bigfoot, UFOs and cryptozoology.

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What Bigfoot movie will be screened at Canton Palace Theatre?

On June 2, Breedlove will premiere his newest production, "On the Trail of Bigfoot: Land of the Missing."

Afterward, there will be a panel featuring some of the guests who will appear at the convention on June 3.

How do you get a ticket and what do they cost?

Doors open at 9 a.m. June 3 for VIP ticketholders and 10 a.m. for the general public.

DoubleTree by Hilton in downtown Canton is at 320 Market Ave. S.

Presale tickets, $20.50, are available at VIP upgrades are available.

Tickets at the door will be $25; and kids 12 years old and younger will be admitted free.

Reach Ed at 330-580-8315 and

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