Welcome to the 2021

Pig Lady of Cannelton

Fall Folklore Festival

October 22, 2021

Close Encounters


Beaver County

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Food & Games for the Kids


6:00pm – 6:45pm 


With East of Enon


7:00pm – 8:00pm 

Local Tales & Storytelling

With Tony Lavorgne & Brian Seech


8:15pm – 9:15pm 

Community Movie

Invasion of Chestnut Ridge 


9:30pm – 10:00pm

Pig Lady Festival After Hours: Fireside Chat about Appalachian Folklore

With Astonishing Legends Podcast 





Tony Lavorgne

Specializing in obscure paranormal and anthropological topics, Tony Lavorgne is an accomplished researcher, author, and public speaker on the subject of local legends and lore throughout Western Pennsylvania, Northern West Virginia, and Eastern Ohio.

Tony is the author of Astonishing Tales of Pennsylvania, co-author of Haunted Roads of Western Pennsylvania, and he is also featured in Supernatural Lore of Pennsylvania: Ghosts, Monsters and Miracles.

Tony also hosts Tony Lavorgne’s Legends & Lore Podcast, produced in Beaver County by The Social Voice Project.


Featured Storyteller

Brian Seech

Along with his wife Terrie, Brian Seech is an experienced investigator and researcher of local paranormal and unexplained events.

For over thirty years the Seech family has investigated the paranormal through their Center for Cryptozoological Studies focusing on the study of unknown or hidden animals, and the Center for Unexplained Events gathering local and national research on UFOs, aliens, ghosts, and other strange phenomena. 


Musical Guest

East of Enon

The Foster Family of Enon Valley, Pennsylvania make up East of Enon, a traditional bluegrass, country, and gospel musical group.

“We are a family that enjoys singing together for the joy and the glory of the Lord! We sing mostly gospel music and bluegrass!”

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Special Guest

Astonishing Legends Podcast

The Pig Lady Festival After Hours presents a very special conversation about Appalachian folklore with the Astonishing Legends Podcast:  The world is more mysterious than most people are comfortable imagining.  Over 85 million downloads and hundreds of thousands of listeners have shown that exploring and embracing the wonders of our world can be not only enlightening but exciting.

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Featured Film Begins at 8:15pm

Invasion on Chestnut Ridge

The terrifying, true story of Pennsylvania’s “Chestnut Ridge,” a mountain range where decades of reports of bizarre happenings have been reported, beginning with the Kecksburg UFO crash, and tracking stories of Bigfoot, prehistoric birds, strange dog-like creatures and much more. From the director of The Mothman of Point Pleasant comes this truly frightening glimpse into the unbelievable . . . 

Mortal Mirror Studio says . . .

Really enjoyable documentary for anyone with even a passing interest in the paranormal. I have been peripherally aware of many of the strange happenings happening in the state of Pennsylvania and its borders for quite some time. The sheer volume of high strangeness, not to mention the extraordinary confluence of what is traditionally perceived as opposing or starkly separated phenomenon happening here is astounding. This documentary provides an intimate glimpse into a smattering of events, told from the point of view of eyewitnesses and  devoted local researchers. I only wish the documentary was longer! I’d love to see the full length interviews and outtakes from this film. Highly recommended for curious newbies, longtime researchers, enlightened experiencers, and hardened skeptics alike.

D. Fink writes on Amazon . . . 

Small Town Monsters has done it again. A detailed documentary on the scary goings on with the Kecksburg crash and everything that has gone on since. There’s no hokey acting in anything these guys do and I love that. I would much rather watch these type of productions than anything that the television producers put out. Keep up the great work! There are so very many stories yet to be told, people have no idea.

Another Amazon watcher declares . . . 

You had me at UFOs and Bigfoot. But then adding all the other weird and unusual occurrences… wow.. Dogmen, dragons, lights, hauntings, Thunderbirds, weird sounds. I was hooked on this show.

Visit Small Town Monsters, an award-winning production company dedicated to documenting small town America’s strange tales and occurrences.

In the News

The Genesis Collective Podcast

Episode 7: Community Storytelling – The Pig Lady Festival


On episode 7 of The Genesis Collective Podcast, we celebrate community storytelling as an art form; discuss the influence of history on our folktales, legends, and lore; and we listen to the tale of Barbara Davidson recorded live at The Pig Lady Festival.

Festival Merchandise

Unisex Jersey Short Sleeve Tee
Unisex Jersey Short Sleeve Tee
Unisex Heavy Blend™ Full Zip Hooded Sweatshirt
Unisex Heavy Blend Hooded Sweatshirt
Premium Matte vertical posters
Ceramic Mug 11oz
Kiss-Cut Stickers

Festival Partners

Little Beaver Lions Club

The Social Voice Project

The Genesis Collective

If you would like to be involved with the festival as a volunteer, storyteller, or creative partner, please contact us.

Vendor Application

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More Stories about the Pig Lady of Cannelton & Other Local Legends and Lore

2019 Pig Lady Festival Live

On episode 26 of Tony Lavorgne’s Legends and Lore Podcast, we go on-location to Darlington, Pennsylvania to cover the 2019 Pig Lady Festival, hosted by Tony Lavorgne and featuring the Ohio Paranormal Investigation Team.

The Pig Lady of Cannelton Tale

On episode 21 of Tony Lavorgne’s Legends & Lore Podcast, Tony presents one of Western Pennsylvania’s most haunting, criminal—and declared true—legends of all time: The Pig Lady of Cannelton.

The Barbara Davidson Investigation

On episode 27 of Tony Lavorgne’s Legends and Lore Podcast, we go on-location to Cannelton, Pennsylvania with the Ohio Paranormal Investigation Team (OPIT) in search of Barbara Davidson (aka, the Pig Lady of Cannelton) and other spirits lingering on the 18th century log cabin homestead where Barbara was murdered and beheaded.

Indigenous Perspectives on Native Americans and Local History

On episode 18 of the Beaver County History Podcast, we talk with public historians David Holoweiko, Mark Grago, Michael Kishbucher, and Tony Lavorgne about the complicated cultures and histories of Native Americans in Beaver County, Pennsylvania.

Michael Kishbucher: Legends & Lore of Little Beaver Creek

On episode 14 of the Little Beaver Historical Society Podcast recorded and broadcast live at the 2019 Darlington Days Community Celebration, guest host and noted paranormal investigator Tony Lavorgne talks with Darlington native Michael Kishbucher about his latest book Legends & Lore of Little Beaver Creek, an entertaining and factual investigation exploring the origins and history of a variety of local tales including the legends of Esther Hale, White Lady of Sprucevale, Gretchen’s Lock, Indian Rock, and the Pig Lady of Cannelton.

The Ghost of Danny Chabot

On episode 13 of Tony Lavorgne’s Legends & Lore Podcast, Tony learns about the Ghost of Danny Chabot with Michelle Long of the Rochester Area Heritage Society and Melissa Rhodes Hornbeck of the Ohio Paranormal Investigation Team. The O.P.I.T. crew investigates and makes contact with Danny Chabot at the old high school, in Rochester, Pennsylvania.

James Madonna: Mason Road

On episode 17 of Tony Lavorgne’s Legends & Lore Podcast, Tony talks with James Madonna (Mason Road Podcast) about a yet to be solved–or explained–mystery of a severed head found along Mason Road in Economy, Pennsylvania.

Brian & Terrie Seech | Researching the Unexplained

On episode 6 of Tony Lavorgne’s Legends & Lore Podcast, we talk with paranormal investigators Brian and Terrie Seech and discuss researching unexplained events and creatures using evidence and an open mind. For over thirty years the Seech family has investigated the paranormal through their Center for Cryptozoological Studies focusing on the study of unknown or hidden animals, and the Center for Unexplained Events gathering local and national research on UFOs, aliens, ghosts, and other strange phenomena.

Dan Hageman: Butler Organization For Research of the Unexplained

On episode 4 of Tony Lavorgne’s Legends & Lore Podcast, we talk with Dan Hageman of the Butler Organization For Research of the Unexplained (B.O.R.U) about UFO sightings and other unexplained paranormal activity in our night skies.

Strange Tales of Beaver County

Brian & Terrie Seech of Center for Unexplained Events has created this Facebook page as the official reporting center for all strange and unexplained phenomena in Beaver County, Pa and to collect and research data on all unexplained phenomena in the county.