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Thursday, February 18, 2010

22nd Annual Ohio Bigfoot Conference

It's that time of year again! Our favorite hairless Burt Reynolds look-alike is throwing his annual bash at Salt Fork State Park May 14th-16th!

Special guest appearance by some west coast friends, Mr. Bob Gimlin and Tom "Yams" Yamarone. Two of the nicest guys on this planet! I wouldn't be surprised if they let the flight attendants take their seats so they can personally attend to and entertain all of the other passengers! I kid, I kid!

I spoke to Lee at the Salt Fork Lodge yesterday and the rooms and cabins are going quickly folks! You better get on the phone today if you want to reserve your lodging!

Of course there will be the festive Meet and Greet on Friday evening.

This year Don will be charging a $5.00 mandatory fee for those wishing to attend Saturday's activities. Please be wary of any foreign camera crews. (If you spot one, please alert Henry May.) Again, another feeble attempt at humor folks. :)

Last years conference had over 450 people in attendance! Crikey!

I know I will be there! There will be other speakers that I have not mentioned and you can find out all the information you need at Don's website

22nd Annual Bigfoot Conference / EXPO

Only 85 days until the 22nd Annual Bigfoot Conference / EXPO !!! Web site last updated 1/24/2010.

img DATE... MAY 15TH, 2010

img TIME...4 p.m. to approximately 10 p.m. There will be a 1 hour dinner break included as well.

img ADMISSION... THERE WILL BE A $5 DONATION REQUIRED AT THE DOORS TO ATTEND.

img LOCATION... SALT FORK STATE PARK LODGE located just off of US Route 22 in Guernsey County, Ohio. (See map)

THE 21ST ANNUAL BIGFOOT CONFERENCE / EXPO WAS ATTENDED BY 450 PEOPLE + / -. IF YOU WERE ONE OF THOSE 450, I THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS EVENT VERY SUCCESSFUL ONCE AGAIN THIS YEAR. KEEP AN EYE ON THIS WEB SITE FOR UP AND COMING DETAILS REGARDING PLANS FOR THE 22ND ANNUAL BIGFOOT CONFERENCE / EXPO IN 2010!

YOU MAY NOW RESERVE VIP SEATING, RECEIVE INFORMATION ON ROOM PRICES, ETC, BY CONTACTING DON KEATING AT THE E-MAIL ADDRESS BELOW!

img SPEAKERS... SPEAKERS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE!

BOB GIMLIN ... from Yakima, Washington. Need I say more? Bob is the only living eyewitness to the events of Friday October 20th 1967 at Bluff Creek, California when Roger Patterson took film of what appears to be a Bigfoot. I am not 100% sure if he will be speaking but he will be in attendance for you to meet and maybe ask a question or get a photo taken with him.

LARRY LUND ... from Vancouver, Washington. I was born NW of Mt. St. Helens in Tacoma, Washington on April 1, 1947 and along with my Mother and two brothers, moved to Vancouver, Washington, due South of Mt. St. Helens, at age four. Other than my three years in the Army, 1966-1969, I have lived in this general area. So it is no wonder much of my Bigfoot/Sasquatch Research has been all around not only Mt. St. Helens, but Mt Rainier, My. Baker and Mt Hood. We are blessed with many large forests, giving us a very large research area.

My deep interest in the subject started at a very young age as we heard about much of the activity in British Columbia, Canada directly North of us. While on my first deer hunting trip in 1960, again at the base of St. Helens, my Dad and two of my uncles and I, were sitting around the campfire one night when we heard a very distant, yet loud and guttural roar coming down from up on the mountain. When I asked if that was a bear, they told me no and it certainly wasn't a large cat sound either. My uncle Dick said to me..."Maybe it's that big monster your always reading and talking about." Well, so much for sleeping that night. I was 13 and my head was full of thoughts of Bigfoot/Sasquatch from then on.

I was fortunate over the years to meet and work with several of the well know investigators and authorities on the subject. Early on I got connected with Rene Dahinden who became a very close friend and introduced me to the deep forests in B.C.

I then met Peter Byrne in the early 70's for a brief time. It wasn't until the late 80's that we would meet again and actually start doing research together. That continues today.

Over the years I met most of the people I had only read about. Grover Krantz became a good friend, though I had to keep him and Rene at different ends of my research.

I have attended many conferences in different areas of the U.S. and Canada. I have also been part of many of the early TV productions which were often fun, but not always informative or laden with true facts. I tend not to accept invitations to do many appearances in the last few years.

I still believe in the existence of this creature and though I am referred to as "The Sasquatch Sleuth" I am also known as "The Skeptical Believer"

I must admit, that other than the "Patterson/Gimlin Film" we have not gotten much closer to proof that this creature exists. There certainly is a lot of fine evidence, but as of this time, we don't have that definitive proof that we so desperately need.

ROB MC CONNELL from Ontario, Canada (Bio coming soon!)

TOM YAMARONE is a singer/songwriter from Pleasanton, California. Tom is also an independent Bigfoot / Sasquatch researcher throughout California and the Pacific Northwest. He has written “Bigfoot songs” that are both historical and humorous since 2003. During that time, he has also attended and organized Sasquatch/Bigfoot research conferences in California, Washington & Idaho. He is involved with several Bigfoot organizations including the Alliance of Independent Bigfoot Researchers and the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization. For more information, go to www.bigfootsongs.com or find him at his YouTube channel bigfootsongs04.

img OTHER ACTIVITIES...

The weekend will kick off with a meet and greet on the evening of Friday the 14th. Those speakers or special guests that have made it in to that point will be there. The meet and greet will begin at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m. a buffet dinner will be available in the lodge. (Location of the buffet to be announced). I added this to the Friday meet and greet as I though it would be a great way for everyone to hang out longer without having to worry about going somewhere to grab an evening meal. The cost of the buffet will be about the same as it was during the conference in 2009, which if I recall was $14.95.

On SUNDAY the 16th of May there will be other activities take place. Announcements on those are pending.

img ACCOMMODATIONS...Salt Fork State Park Lodge has once again agreed to give attendees who attend the conference and stay at the Lodge a HUGE discount on room rates! Just contact SFSP at (740) 439-2751 for rates. Make sure to tell them you are attending for the Bigfoot EXPO. Or you may check the RATES LISTING for details.

My thanks to every business and individual who help every year with their gifts. Without you, there would not be a Conference.

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