Minerva Monster Day Returns to Ohio Town September 24th

Posted by: Seth Breedlove on July 25th, 2016

Preparations are underway for the second Minerva Monster Day in Minerva, Ohio. The event will be held September 23rd and 24th.  

Minerva Monster Day is a cryptid-themed, small town festival that centers around the subject of a famous Bigfoot-type creature said to live near the town. While last years’ event acted as the official premiere for the Small Town Monsters’ production, Minerva Monster, this one will see screenings of multiple films across a variety of unusual creature topics from Bigfoot to Loch Ness Monster. The Minerva Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the event which will also play host to a speaking presentation from renowned museum curator, author and lecturer, Loren Coleman.


The event is being put on by Small Town Monsters, an Ohio-based production company who has released two horror-docs, Minerva Monster and Beast of Whitehall, with a third on the way. The third film is titled Boggy Creek Monster and will be a part of the event as the crew unveils the first footage seen by the general public on Saturday evening. Boggy Creek Monster has already made waves nationally, and was recently at the center of a successful crowdfunding campaign. The film is co-produced by Lyle Blackburn with Brandon Dalo and Seth Breedlove serving as producers. Breedlove is also the director.


Minerva Monster Day will kick off on Friday, September 23rd with a short, amateur, monster film festival.  Local residents and people who plan on attending the event are encouraged to make and submit their own short, monster-themed, all ages appropriate films to be screened at the historic Roxy Theater in downtown Minerva. There will be prizes for the winning films selected by a panel of judges. Among the movies screening at Saturdays’ event are I’ve Seen Bigfoot, Mystery at Loch Ness, Beast of Whitehall, Minerva Monster, and more.

The 2015 version of Minerva Monster Day was a blowout success with as many as fifteen hundred people attending, and four sellout screenings of Minerva Monster. Due to over-crowding last year, this years’ September 24th screenings and speaking presentations will be held in the high school gym. Monster-themed vendors will be set up at the neighboring Minerva City Park where the annual Oktoberfest will also be taking place. Among the vendors are local Bigfoot research groups, and sellers of apparel and board games, as well as Small Town Monsters. Plan to spend the day, as there will be monster movies playing into the evening.

For more information on Minerva Monster Day or to enter your own monster movie into the festival, visit minervamonsterday.com.

Seth Breedlove About Seth Breedlove
Seth Breedlove is a freelance investigative journalist, filmmaker, and radio show host. He has contributed content to numerous websites on a variety of topics. He served as a columnist for the Massillon Independent, helming a weekly column titled "Slice of Life" that ran on the front page of the paper. In addition to his column he has covered news stories and daily assingnments for the Medina Gazette. In 2014 he started SasWhat: a Podcast About Bigfoot with co-host Mark Matzke where each week they discuss the subject as a whole and interview various personalities from the field. Seth has also researched and examined historical Bigfoot reports from across the country, compiling an extensive database of newspaper articles dating back to the early 1800's.

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