The same western North Carolina group that recently reported a Bigfoot sighting in McDowell County is now planning a Bigfoot Festival in downtown Marion.
Joe E. Bruner, creator of the Bigfoot research group Bigfoot 911, said the event is set for September 2018.
“It will be in the normal festival setting with a Bigfoot twist,” said Bruner. “We have a lot of special things planned that we can’t release at this time.”
The Marion Business Association and the McDowell County Chamber of Commerce are supporting the idea, believing the festival will be great exposure for the county, which is about 100 miles north of Charlotte, McDowellNews.com reports.
Organizers believe it will be the first such festival on the East Coast. There are currently Bigfoot festivals in a handful of western states, including Oregon and California.
Bigfoot 911’s recent report of a Bigfoot sighting rekindled interest in the topic of the country’s best known mythological beast, according to Cryptozology.com.
The Bigfoot legend is of an ape-like creature that roams the nation’s backwoods. It is also known as Sasquatch.
Bruner reported the sighting the first week in August, claiming he and a group of other hunters saw the creature just before 11 p.m. in a forested area. No one was injured, though the group reports something threw rocks at them as they left the area.
The team of seven people were out at the time scattering glow sticks in the woods, Bruner said. (Bigfoot 911 members believe glow sticks pique the curiosity of Bigfoot.) It was the sight of one of those glow sticks moving through the woods that got Bruner’s attention.
“I turned on my headlamp and saw a large bi-pedal animal covered in hair,” said Bruner in his Facebook post.
The animal took off, and Bruner said he ran after it, eventually prompting a brief stare-down next to a dead tree.
“Its face was solid black, no hair on it. The hair looked shaggy all over,” Bruner said.
A controversy erupted a week later, when a Gawain McGregor of Minnesota claimed he was in McDowell County that night, wearing a suit of animal skins. He believes he was mistaken for Bigfoot. However, discrepancies in his story have left a lot of room for doubt that was the case, says Bruner.