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WESTPORT, CONNECTICUT, USA — The Smoking Gun Research Agency (SGRA), a Westport-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the scientific research and exploration of paranormal, unexplained, and fringe topics, will present its Seventh-Annual Paranormal Conference (ParaCon) on Friday, June 17, and Saturday, June 18, in Stratford. 

This year’s ParaCon will consists of three days of events, starting on Friday the 17th with a Paranormal Book Sale, continuing on Saturday the 18th with Connecticut’s largest conference, and ending on Sunday the 19th with an online Webcast through the SGRA website. 

This will be the seventh year for the ParaCon, and new features are expected to draw record crowds to this year’s event. Friday, there will be a Paranormal Book Sale taking place at the Stratford Library from 11:00am – 5:00pm. This will include both new and used books, and will feature authors (many from the local area). Friday evening, starting at 6:00pm there will be a ParaDinner at Outriggers Restaurant (also in Stratford) featuring the guests who will be speaking at the next day’s conference. Tickets are required for the event, and can be ordered through the SGRA website.

On Saturday, the main conference will be held at the Stratford Ramada Inn from 10am – 7pm. This will feature guest speakers, a raffle, a silent auction, and other events. The conference is free and open to the public. After the conference there will be a special event at the Reality Café in downtown Stratford where individuals will have an opportunity to meet and talk with the conference speakers. This is a ticketed event covering food and drink, and tickets can be ordered through the website. 

Finally, on Sunday evening, there will be a special Webcast through the SGRA website featuring all the speakers who will be attending the conference. This Webcast will allow those who could not attend to ask questions and get answers from one, or all, of our special guests. 

There are a number of package available through the website, as well as single tickets for each of the ticketed events. Members of the media are encouraged to contact Jon Nowinski, SGRA Director, at or (203) 247-0310 to receive a media information packet including biographies and additional information. Members of the media are also invited to attend all or any of the events at a discounted price. 

This year’s guests include:

John Zaffis – Stratford resident and 30+ year veteran of paranormal investigations

Stacey Jones – Founder of CNY Ghost Hunters and former police officer

Jim Hickman – Director of Skywatch International and former Air Force member. 

Jeff Belanger – Founder of and author

Nicholas Roesler – SGRA Wisconsin Branch Manager & AIC of UFO Investigations 

Susan Bove – Founder SJPR and EVP expert

Stephen Wagner – About.Com’s paranormal editor 

Diane Bajorinas – SGRA Assistant Director & AIC of Ghost Investigations

Jon Nowinski – SGRA Director & AIC of Government Investigations 

Rod C. Davis – CT native, author and paranormal experiencer 

For complete details including a full agenda, biographies of guests, and other information, please contact:

Jon Nowinski, Director
(203) 247-0310

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