From the Sideshow Gathering Facebook page:
Step right up! Once again, Wilkes-Barre becomes the world's center of weirdness when the 16th Annual Inkin' The Valley tattoo convention and Sideshow Gathering 2009 rolls into town. From November 6th through 8th, the strange and unusual take center stage when showmen and genuine sideshow freaks from across the country descend on northeastern Pennsylvania to celebrate and display the giddy thrills and tantalizing mysteries of the circus and carnival sideshow. Over the weekend, these carnies will swap lies, swallow swords, eat razor blades, walk on broken glass, and otherwise risk bodily harm for the sake of entertainment.
Attractions at Sideshow Gathering 2009 will include: The Lucky Daredevil Thrillshow; Zamora, the Torture King; John Shaw; Dr. Wilson's Memory Elixir; The Crispy Family Carnival; Knotty Bits Sideshow; The Magic of Steve Hyde and Melanie; special guest emcee Tyler Fyre, and more! Vendors will also be on hand to display unusual items such as circus, carnival and freakshow memorabilia, rare books, and original artwork.
Special Guest Emcee Tyler Fyre
The Lucky Daredevil Thrillshow
Zamora The Torture King
The Crispy Family
The Knotty Bits Sideshow
The Magic of Steve Hyde and Melanie
Coney Island Chris
Col. Hunsley’s Freaks and Oddities
Shocked and Amazed
Cinda The Sign Queen
Odd Bob Blackmar
Banners by Toni-Lee Sangastiano
Guest of Honor: Dick Johnson
SideShow Auction: 11pm Saturday
Concurrent with the 16th Annual Inkin' the Valley tattoo convention at Wilkes-Barre's The Woodlands Inn & Resort, Sideshow Gathering 2009 begins at 3:00 P.M. on Friday, November 6th, with live sideshow performances starting at 5:00 P.M. and continuing until midnight. Performances will resume from 3:00 to 6:00 P.M. and 10:00 P.M. to midnight on Saturday, followed by a special auction of rare and unusual circus, carnival and sideshow items at 11:00. On Sunday, there will be encore performances from 2:00 to 5:00 P.M. All of this will accompanied by the gentle hum of tattoo machines, as many talented artists quietly ply their trade. So, come one, come all to Wilkes-Barre for a weekend of entertainment and diversion you won't soon forget!
For more information -- including a list of the tattoo artists and piercers who will be in attendance -- please visit http://www.thesideshowgathering.com/ .
Check out the article that appeared in The Weekender!