South Georgia Paranormal Investigators, from left, Tripp Robbins, Stacey Folds, Kyle Folds and Kerry Henry, are planning to participate in the Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau sponsored “Paranormal Kicks Cancer” event at the Bridge House on Washington Street Sept. 24.
ALBANY, Ga. - It won't be Halloween just yet, but the spirits don't always wait.
On Sept. 24, paranormal investigators will be on hand at the old Bridge House at 112 N. Front St., seeking the unseen for "Paranormal Kicks Cancer."
Lisa Riddle, director of the Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau, which is sponsoring the event, said investigative teams in four states will take part in the action. All locations will be simultaneously web-cast on the Paranormal TV network.
"There will guest speakers, a tag-a-long investigative session, and opportunities to ask questions," Riddle said. Proceeds from the event will benefit a yet undetermined non-profit cancer organization.
Tickets for the event are $20 each and include a lecture and a basic demonstration of equipment and techniques to "see how we do it," said Tripp Robins, founder of the paranormal group, Georgia Spirits, which is based in Albany and Baldwin County.
As an alternative, a $25 ticket will include a "tag-a-long" with the investigative team. If ticket sales are sufficient, additional investigative sites will be added. According to Robins, no more than 15 to 20 guests will tour a single location.
"Most of the equipment we can buy at any hardware or video store -- like digital cameras, voice recorders and temperature guns -- but we usually wind up tweaking it some," he said.
Robins encourages participants to bring along their own digital cameras or voice recorders "to review their own evidence" later on. He says that spirit phenomena sometimes manifest themselves in the form of visual images or "EVPs," -- electronic voice phenomena -- such as cries or whispers.
Also in attendance will be members of the Georgia Ghostbusters, a Georgia group, which will be available for questions and will also display some of its ghost-detecting tools, such as the "Ecto-1G," a Dodge Magnum, customized and equipped similar to the famous car from the Ghostbusters movie.
"As far as I know, they're the only group in Georgia with permission to run lights in case of a paranormal emergency," Robins said.
Such emergencies can be anything from a demonic possession to less serious paranormal events, Robins said.
"It could be anything from that (demonic involvement) to just being creeped out by an angry spirit. It might be just a playful spirit, like one that hides your car keys or whatever."
One of the speakers at the event will be Leon Wilkes, a "demonologist" from Milledgeville, and a member of the Georgia Spirits group. Wilkes has taken all his demonology training from the Bible, "except for two books," he said. His specialty is confirming and exorcising demons.
"It's (demonology) basically a calling. God speaks to you and tells you."
Wilkes got the call in 2007 over a period of time, when his "longing" to embrace the field gradually overpowered his fear of demons. He believes God is protecting him, he said.
The appearance and services of the speakers and paranormal team members are donated to the event and its cause.
"We want everybody to have a good time raising money to fight cancer," Robins said.
For more information, contact Lisa Riddle, at (229) 317-4760.