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September 24, 2013

Consultant: Enid needs leisure attraction

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ENID, Okla. — PhoenixQuest grant

During the board meeting members approved a $1,000 grant to help organizers put on PhoenixQuest, a Harry Potter-themed convention.

The grant was unanimously approved, with the stipulation the money be used for publicity of the event outside Enid.

PhoenixQuest is the brainchild of Tammy Wilson and Amy Kelly. Wilson, who also serves as Ward 5 city commissioner, said it began as a fundraiser for Leonardo’s Discovery Warehouse. Part of the proceeds will go toward the museum, and Park Avenue Thrift will match that donation.

Wilson’s daughter, who is a fan of the series, suggested having a Harry Potter convention there, Wilson said.

She doesn’t know how many people will show up because there isn’t anything to compare it to. Wilson said most of the Harry Potter gatherings, like other niche entertainment conventions, occur in cities on the coasts.

“As far as I can tell, there haven’t been any in the area, so we’re hoping we get a good crowd,” she said.

The convention will be Nov. 22-23 at Adventure Quest, the outdoor science playground next to Leonardo’s.

There will be craft classes and a presentation on the history of magical creatures from Ken Gerhard, a cryptozoologist who has appeared on national TV. There also will be an exhibition with about 20 birds of prey like falcons and owls.

Enid native Mark Marshall, who did post-production work on the first Harry Potter movie, will give a talk about his experiences, and show rare footage from the film. Two collegiate Quidditch teams also will compete in a match Nov. 23.

Wilson said she still is seeking sponsors and vendors for the event. Booths need not be Harry Potter-themed. More information about the event is available online at www.iloveenid.com or through the Visit Enid website.

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