About the Organizers

Mermaid and Mom and Pixie Tribe

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Mermaid and Mom was founded by mother/daughter team Laurie and Rachel Smith. They strive to bring the finest children's mermaid entertainment to pools in the Northern California area, and create and sell an entirely swim-able line of fabric mermaid tails, tops and accessories. 


 Pixie Tribe was founded in 2015 by Ashley Rastad, a Professional Children's Entertainer with nearly 1,000 parties under her belt! Pixie Tribe strives to make magic and whimsy accessible to all.  Their moments spent at your celebration will be cherished and cared for, because it matters to them. They love to give back to their local Sacramento community! 

Mermaid Rachel

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Rachel Smith has been the Head Mermaid at the Dive Bar in Sacramento, California since it opened its doors in 2011. She has traveled the world performing and educating as a mermaid on portfolio workshops, during mermaid conventions, photo shoots and has over seven years of professional underwater experience. She helps operate and run Mermaid and Mom, a costume and party company with her real-life mother, Laurie.

Mermaid Ashley/Pixie Blossom

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Mermaid Ashley has been part of the local Sacramento mermaid scene for years, and has been the main organizer for two years (along with her husband, John) for the Promenade of Mermaids in Old Town Sacramento. Mermaid Ashley is also a key team member and mermaid performer at the Dive Bar, and the proud leader of Pixie Tribe. She is also the mother of a little Merling, Enzo <3

Merman Jax - Dark Tide Productions

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Merman Jax is our Social Media Manager, Convention Consultant, and Event Sponsor. He has been integral in organizing and advertising events for Mermaid Weekend in Sacramento, Gay Days Anaheim and the Labyrinth Ball in downtown Los Angles. His company, Dark Tide Productions runs out of LA and specializing in bringing the very best of MerMAN entertainment to the city. We are so grateful to have Merman Jax on our team! 


It also happens to be Merman Jax's birthday during the convention... so help us wish him a great one!

Captain Angus

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We are thrilled to have the charming Captain Angus join the Convention team as our Master of Ceremonies, Convention Consultant, and Head Builder. You can catch him on the Main Stage all day Saturday!


Captain Angus is the leader of the Brotherhood of the Black Flag. The Brotherhood has performed throughout the west coast since the early 2000s. Be it sword fighting, music, meet and greet/crowd interaction or all around scalawag type fun, Captain Angus and his crew are always sure to bring the fun...and the rum! 

John Rastad

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John Rastad has been a part of the Promenade of Mermaids since its very first run in 2010! He assumed leadership of the event in 2017, and has been making waves in the mermaid community for years. We are so thankful to have this handsome sailor as part of the core team of the California Mermaid Convention.  Helping the event grow into a full weekend of mermaid themed activities has been an honor and he is excited to participate in the main convention as a Panel Moderator.