Thursday, June 28, 2012

1,000 people attend 1986 Dark Shadows Festival

The fourth annual Dark Shadows Festival received a brief mention a 1986 issue of The Gettysburg Times. According to the festival's spokesperson, an estimated 1,000 people attended the event that year, but attendance at this year's event is expected to be much smaller. I've heard that space limitations have capped attendance at this year's festival, set for the weekend of July 28. The website says Dark Shadows Day at the festival is already sold out ... but is also says Jonathan Frid will be attending, too.

The Gettysburg Times, Oct. 27, 1986

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Jonathan Frid, who portrayed vampire Barnabas Collins in television's "Dark Shadows," got a ghoulish welcome from fans who would like to raise the show from its filmworld grave.

About 1,000 people attended the fourth annual Dark Shadows Festival that ended Sunday, said festival spokesman Steve Randisi.

"Dark Shadows," once a top daytime attraction for ABC-TV, ran from 1966 through 1971, and now is in syndication. In addition to the defanged Fnd and other actors, the festival included presentations of rarely seen episodes, bloopers, a trivia contest, a costume competition and an auction of "Dark Shadows" memorabilia.

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