The last guest speaker for the day was the gifted cartoonist Robert Swain. He shared his artwork and comedy with us and I have to admit...he nails it! Robert is gifted with the sense of knowing exactly what Bigfoot researchers look like to the average observer. Robert is a very kind and sweet man.
A large group of us headed to the Honobia store for a Friday night catfish dinner. The store cooks one meal at a time so we had a lot of time to laugh and joke around before heading back to the conference for story telling!
The sun was setting behind the Kiamichi's and a roaring fire set a glow upon the faces of the anxious listeners. There had to be about 75 people gathered 'round before the sun set and at last count there were over 300 people in the pavilion and around the campground. One by one people stood up and told stories about Bigfoot sightings and experiences. The temperature steadily dropped and by 9 pm, we were too cold to continue. We all said our good-nights and headed off to slumber after an exhausting, exhilarating day.
|Mark and Melissa|
|Clogged Artery Heaven|
The festival continued on Saturday morning with the buzz of the anticipated crowd. The vendors were setting up their goods and food trucks were cranking up their fryers. The goats from the petting zoo bleating out their good morning greetings. This day was different than the day before as it was the weekend and the attendance was triple the amount from the day before.
Kathy and Dr Meldrum gave us part 2 of their presentations. They changed them up a bit so that the people who were in attendance on Friday received a bit more information. The books and artwork were selling like crazy! The people came from miles around and were eager to look, listen and learn about Bigfoot research.
Today was the day we allowed ourselves to go "fair food crazy"! Indian tacos. Tater tornadoes. Chicken on a stick. Tums.
As the day was winding down, the Bigfoot Idol winner was announced in the entertainment pavilion and the Bigfoot Conference raffle winners were chosen. Robert Swain was the lucky winner of the Sasquatch garden statue and he was beyond thrilled because he had been telling us how desperately his son wanted one!
Sandy Blackburn won a Bigfoot Camo handbag. Other prizes that were donated and raffled off were Hot stone massages, jewelry, hand-made quilts and a hog hunt!
So many smiling faces and so much laughter surrounded the conference and festival.
The Bigfoot Investigative Group -TBIG should be proud of their first conference! It was a great success and they are already in the planning stages for next year's conference!