Magical encounter


Michael  "Skeeter" Pilarski admits he has never seen a fairy, but that doesn't mean they're not around.

"Fairies manifest themselves differently to different people," he told The Seattle Times, "and besides, only about 10 percent of people have 'the sight.'" Pilarski is the founder and organizer of the ninth annual Fairy and Human Relations Congress, held recently in a secluded meadow in the foothills of the North Cascades near Twisp, Wash.

The gathering attracted 250 people, who came from as far away as Europe, to "keep alive the possibility of things unknown and larger than yourself, the sense of wonder and magic in your life," as one participant explained.

Another said she's sure the fairies like having people in the neighborhood, and that they particularly enjoyed a parade in which people dressed up like mythical fairies.

"They think that's hysterical," she said.

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