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The Van Meter

Visitor Festival 

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Speakers, Walking Tours, Food, Vendors, and More......

September 26th-- Noon-8:30pm --Van Meter, Iowa 

David Weatherly 

Ken Gerhard 

Zelia Edgar 

Kevin Nelson 


David is a renaissance man of the strange and supernatural. He has traveled the world in pursuit of ghosts, cryptids, UFOs, magic, and more. 


Ken is a widely recognized cryptozoologist author and television personality. As  such, he has traveled the world searching for evidence of mysterious creatures. 


Inspired largely by the rich history of weirdness throughout the Midwest, She has worked as the state director for WI  MUFON, and currently runs the YouTube channel JustAnotherTinFoilHat.


Unconventional' is the best way to describe Kevin Lee Nelson's theories and research methodology. Kevin is an artist and student of Western Esotericism and American folk-magic traditions. 

Steve Ward 

Josh Heard 


Steve has been fascinated by the unexplained for over half a century. Steve's main area of research is, what some call "high strangeness" or "window areas” where disparate types of paranormal phenomena all seem to occur in the same location, He has his own podcast on this same Network called The High Strangeness Factor.


Josh is a Paranormal Author, Filmmaker, and Lecturer. Josh's documetaries include A Brush With Evil. Josh can also be heard on several podcasts including Ectoplasm Show and Conversations in the Dark.

Allison Jornlin  


Allison is a Ghost-hunting, vegan Buddhist, who researches weird history and folklore, writes, and offers haunted history tours, locally and abroad and is a Contributing Writer at Mysterious Universe.

 Joey & Tonya Madia


Joey and Tonya are the authors of Watch Out for the Hallway along with being respected investigators of the paranormal. 

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Walking Tours with Chad Lewis 

Follow in the footsteps of those who chased, shot at, and tried to capture this mysterious creature  

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