MOONVILLE, Brown Twp. — The festival celebrating Vinton County’s ghost town is coming back for its fourth year.
Midnight at Moonville will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 3 to 11 p.m.
Those attending the Halloween-themed festival may notice a few changes to the town that once was. Volunteers coordinated by the Moonville Rail Trail Association replaced and added bricks to the tunnel’s front, so now Moonville visitors can clearly see the ghost town’s name at the tunnel’s entrance.
Much has happened at Moonville since last year’s event. To start, the Moonville Rail Trail Association submitted an application to Ohio History Connection to add the tunnel to the National Register of Historical Places. The Association also obtained funding to add bridges in the Moonville area.
Midnight at Moonville boasts a diverse line-up of entertainment.
At 4 p.m., Todd Martin and his band, MOTHMAN, will perform. The group has played a variety of cover songs ranging from classic rock to traditional folk or bluegrass since 1990. Martin also teaches a class at Ohio University’s Southern Campus about paranormal phenomena.
Starting at 5:15 p.m., Joe Rollin Porter will entertain the crowd with folk and blues. Porter is a life-long Ohioan, currently living in Cleveland. Although he’s been playing guitar since the age of nine and singing since long before that, he began recording his first of three self-produced CDs and gigging in 2010. He has put in over 1,000 performances since then.
J.D. Hutchison will play from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Hutchison, a native of the Appalachian region of southeastern Ohio, has an extensive background of Blues, bluegrass, folk, country, R&B, ‘50s and ‘60s pop, Western swing and Appalachian mountain music.
Donna Mogavero will take on the stage starting at 7:45 p.m. Donna Mogavero (vocals, acoustic and electric guitar) and Dave Fowler (drums) make up The Donna Mogavero Band. Mogavero calls Columbus home, and her sound is inspired by ‘70s music, folk rock and blues. Many of her songs are original, and she also performs covers of her favorite artists. She’s been a performer since the early ‘90s.
At the event’s beginning, tarot card readings and storytelling will commence.
Wagon rides to Moonville Cemetery begin at 7 p.m.
At midnight, an interactive paranormal investigation will be led by a legitimate research team.
Attendees should arrive early and follow the signs to the designated parking area on Shea Road. Parking will be at 71945 Shea Road, McArthur, Ohio 45651. There will be a $5 parking charge per vehicle, but most activities and entertainment are free.
There will be some walking over rough terrain, so comfortable shoes are recommended. A flashlight is also recommended; the event organizers will also have some available for sale. The event is in a rural area, so cell phone and Internet service is not reliable.
The event is hosted by the Vinton County Convention and Visitors Bureau in partnership with the Moonville Rail Trail Association. For more information, call the Vinton County CVB at 1-800-596-4459.