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Paranormal investigators plan probe at Fayette park

FAYETTE — Today is Friday the 13th, and visitors to Fayette Historic State Park will be able to participate in a fittingly spooky event over the weekend.

“It’s an opportunity for anybody to come and … actually participate in paranormal investigations,” Park Supervisor Randy Brown said.

The Michigan Advanced Paranormal Society (MAPS) is putting on the event. According to Brown, MAPS has previously done paranormal investigations at the park.

“We’ve worked with these folks in the past, and then we approached them with having an event for the public,” he said.

MAPS co-founder Melissa Olson said this weekend’s event will be the second public paranormal event put on by the society at Fayette Historic State Park. She noted the previous event attracted 60 to 70 people.

“I’m hoping we see that, and if more, that’s great,” she said.

Olson also said the ages of participants at the last event varied, with some being as young as 11 and others being in their 70s.

“Whoever wants to come out can come out,” she said.

The event will begin today at the hotel in the historic townsite with an opportunity for people to meet members of MAPS and look at evidence from past investigations at Fayette from 6 to 8 p.m. From 8 to 11 p.m., participants will be able to learn the basic skills required for paranormal investigation.

On Saturday, another meet-and-greet session and review of evidence will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. Participants will then be assigned to groups.

From 8:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., people will be able to take part in a ghost hunt.

“We’ll actually do investigations that night,” Olson said.

Only serious participants are encouraged to get involved with the hunt.

The park’s rules and regulations will still apply during the hunt. Participants are also asked to not engage in horseplay, to avoid screaming or making unnecessary noise, to refrain from using their cell phones (except as a flashlight, camera and/or audio recorder), and to not taunt the spirits.

For more information about the event, find “Fayette Historic State Park” on Facebook or call 906-644-2603.

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