Flint Fang Fest 2012 is currently in the planning phase.
The idea for Fang Fest has been lurking in the back of Roxanne Rhoads, paranormal author and publicist's, mind for some time, but this year- she decided to make it a reality.
This year the Flint Horror Convention is in its second year and will be held on October 20. The Flint Vampire Ball is in its fifth year and will be held on October 27.
So the idea is to have a week long event in Flint with local businesses, authors, artists and bands taking part. It can kick off at Horror Con and end with The Vampire Ball.
The goal is to have a lot of downtown businesses participate during the day on Saturday October 20, on Friday evening October 26, and Saturday October 27. We want to create events throughout the downtown area that patrons can walk to.
The HorrorCon will be going on all day October 20 and The Vampire Ball vendors' event will be going on from 11-5 October 27 with the ball starting around 7pm- both at The Masonic Temple right on Saginaw Street.
Events can be geared towards kids or adults.
If you hold an event that ties in with the Fang Fest, whether a special sale, a product, even a fun menu you could draw a lot of foot traffic from Horror Con and The Vampire Ball to your business on those key days.
Think about it- the vast popularity of vampires and werewolves is evident everywhere: in books, in TV shows like The Vampire Diaries and True Blood, and in movies (the most popular being the Twilight Saga- in which Breaking Dawn Part 2 opens in theaters November 16, 2012).
Why not take the opportunity to cash in on this craze and be a part of Flint Fang Fest?
Think about it- supernatural theme events will already be in full swing for Halloween, why not add to this with Paranormal themed events local businesses can take part in-put Flint on the map for something that has the potential to draw crowds from other areas of Michigan, perhaps even other states.
Art galleries could host Halloween inspired art shows with vampire, werewolf and other paranormal themes.
Local performers and venues could host local bands, Vampire Burlesque shows, or perhaps a Paranormal Fashion show (think 1940s pin up girls with fangs, Victorian finery vampire style, Werewolf Biker Chic).
The Genesee District Library has agreed to participate and will be holding a multi-author book signing on Thursday October 25.
It would also be great to help the community by involving charity organizations- set up a blood drive with the Red Cross (donate blood, vampires will thank you), have local pet adoptions set up with the theme “Love Fangs? Adopt a Pet”.
Other possibilities include collecting Toys for Tots or canned goods for the local food bank, perhaps offering a discount on tickets when a toy or can of food is donated.
With Flint being “Vehicle City” perhaps there could be a themed car show. Anyone that has a tricked out hearse, sleek sexy car (or truck) with scary paint jobs, or anyone who has a vehicle a vampire would definitely be caught dead in, could show off their wheels.
All participating events and businesses will be included in promotional advertising for the event- here on the Flint Fang Fest web site, on the Facebook page and on fliers and other promotional materials.
If you would be interested in taking part in this unique opportunity to breath new (undead) life into Flint, give local businesses an economic boost, help local charities, and have fun while doing it please contact Roxanne Rhoads at RoxanneRhoads@bewitchingbooktours.com to discuss the possibilities.