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Hey group! It’s GhoulardiFest at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds

October 13, 2018

Hey group! It’s GhoulardiFest at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds

CLEVELAND, Ohio – GhoulardiFest, the annual convention celebrating Cleveland TV, nostalgia, comics and horror, has moved back to the place where it started, the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, 19201 East Bagley Road in Middleburg Heights.

Ringmaster “Big Chuck” Schodowski, who’s been on the air at WJW Channel 8 since 1963, created the festival in 1997 around the memory of Ghoulardi, the iconic and irreverent movie host developed and played from 1963 to 1966 by announcer Ernie Anderson, Schodowski’s pal and creative partner.

After Anderson left for Hollywood and became the voice of ABC-TV, the Ghoulardi show became “Hoolihan & Big Chuck,” and then “Big Chuck & Lil’ John” in 1979. Anderson died in 1997.

Bob “Hoolihan” Wells, “Lil’ John” Rinaldi, announcer Jim Szymanski and other cast members from the show’s 55-year history are at the three-day convention, with personalities including Dick Goddard, Jan Jones, “Son of Ghoul” and Jungle Bob. The festival had pizza eating contests, music, Hoolihan’s ”€œReadings by Robert,” karaoke, movies and a wide variety of vendors. Plus memorabilia allowing purple knifs to stay sick, turn blue and cool it with the boom-booms ova dey, as initiates remember.

The festival concludes Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: $15, age 12 and under free. More information at

ghoulardifest.com

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