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Paranormal enthusiasts from around the Northwest will be gathering in Oregon City this week for the fourth annual Oregon Ghost Conference.


SUBMITTED PHOTO - Oregon Ghost Conference director Rocky Smith, who is also an Oregon City commissioner, tells ghost stories underneath the Municipal Elevator.There’ll be more than 30 paranormal investigator vendors, real investigations, tours, classes, guest speakers, spirit communication with Ankhasha Amenti and comedy from Marcus (no last name) from NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and much more.

Tabbed as the largest paranormal convention in the Northwest, it’ll be held Friday through Sunday, April 10 to 12, at the Old Oregon City High School Jackson Campus, 1306 12th St. in Oregon City. And, it’s free to attend, giving you access to the vendor area, conference speakers and panel presentations; other events require tickets (for info: oregonghostconference.com). The conference starts at 5 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The star of the show is Oregon City Commissioner Rocky Smith Jr., the director, who has documented nearly 100 haunted places in Oregon City since he started investigating the Oregon Territory’s first capital in 1995. He founded Northwest Ghost Tours, offering paranormal walking tours in Oregon City, in 2006.

The Northwest Ghost Tours are a highlight of the weekend. “The nation’s longest graveyard, the Oregon Trail, ended right here in Oregon City,” Smith said. “The original capital of the Oregon Territory, the town’s history is riddled with scandal, intrigue and violence — the perfect formula for paranormal activity, ghost sightings and hauntings.”

Tours include stories of paranormal experiences and history.

There’ll be two real investigations in Oregon City, exact locations to be announced at the conference.

Some topics of the conference speakers: scientific study of paranormal phenomenon, the haunted Queen Mary ship, haunted real estate, past lives. Notable speakers are Jay Verburg from the SyFy show “Ghost Mine,” animal communicator Karen Anderson and Aaron Collins from the show “Paranormal Crossings.”

Classes help novices learn how to investigate, tap into psychic energy and read tarot cards and, for kids, there’ll be Ghost Hunting for Kids class.

While touring, the comedian and impressionist Marcus films his own ghost hunting and paranormal investigation YouTube shows, “Ghost Hopping.” He’ll perform his “Dead Funny” act at 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 10.

And, the psychic and hypnotist Amenti will teach and help people to connect with loved ones on the other side. She’ll give a public gallery reading as part of her presentation, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11. She has been healing and comforting people for more than 30 years.

There’ll also be meet-and-greet events and parties with the Oregon Ghost Conference.

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