110 year old mystery is the focus of a fun festival in Iowa.
If the legend of an eight-foot winged creature with a big forehead horn isn’t fodder for a town celebration, what is?
Last spring, Minneapolis monster researcher Chad Lewis unearthed the legend with the book “Van Meter Visitor,” the name he gave the creature which prominent residents reported seeing 110 years ago in this small Dallas County town west of the Des Moines area.
It so captivated citizens that children began taking an interest in local history, a local artist was inspired to draw it and a cable television crew filmed a documentary.
Now, the first Van Meter Visitor Festival launches Saturday, promising a chilling night tour of the locations of the strange creature sightings.
Why not? Monster festivals are fun. These paranormal themed events draw out of town visitor. No harm in that, no harm in fun from local folklore. But concern should arise when people take these legends a BIT too seriously.
The legend appears to be based on a sighting over a few nights in 1903. That’s a long time ago. No additional info has emerged but the story, resurrected last May, was very popular. It was included on the TV show “Monsters and Mysteries in America”. We DO love our monsters! The festival will include a tour of the flight of the visitor which disappeared down a coal mine. Lovely story. But that’s it. Since the evidence ends there, there is no way to tell if the events actually took place as described and, if they did, what a reasonable explanation may be (bird, bat, insects, etc). But things like this usually take a turn for the extreme and the creature is depicted as a pterosaur-like thing with a light beam coming from its head.
Here is the original piece from May.