Aug. 26, 2021, 10:42 a.m.

*POSTPONED* - Mingle With Mystery at the WNC Bigfoot Festival


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Create your own "DIY" Bigfoot Weekend by visiting the festival website. The Bigfoot community is adding information as it becomes available.

Downtown Marion businesses and restaurants WILL have Bigfoot items for sale. Stop by to bring home Bigfoot merch. More info is online.

The mysterious creature known as Bigfoot — or Sasquatch — is reported to have wandered the mountains of Western North Carolina for years. But on September 17 & 18, 2021, Bigfoot’s whereabouts will be no mystery — he’ll be celebrating with fans of all ages at the third-annual WNC Bigfoot Festival in historic downtown Marion.

Started by a local Bigfoot researcher who allegedly spied the towering, ape-like creature on the shores of Lake James in 2019, the two-day festival includes an educational expo and a free all-day street festival dedicated to everyone’s favorite elusive legend.

Friday’s educational expo at the Marion Community Building features four regional and national researchers sharing their evidence and experiences, plus panel sessions, photo opps and Bigfoot merchandise. Admission is $5.

Bigfoot mural

On Saturday, five blocks of downtown Marion will be dedicated to the family-friendly festivities, with vendors selling Bigfoot-themed wares ranging from soaps to keychains to T-shirts. The “Little Foot Zone” for kids will feature inflatables and other fun activities. Plenty of costumed ‘Squatches will be wandering the streets available for selfies!

A series of speakers will take the main stage throughout the day on Saturday, including members of the N.C. Squatch Watchers and SheSquatchers research teams. And don’t miss the annual Bigfoot Costume Contest at 1 p.m. and Bigfoot Calling Contest at 2 p.m., with winners announced at 5 p.m.

The whole town of Marion gets in on the fun, too! Look for Bigfoot-themed beers on tap at the breweries, and be sure to stop by Mr. Bob’s Do-Nuts for their signature “Bigfoot Poop,” one of their classic Apple Ugly fritters drizzled with chocolate!

Enjoy Bigfoot Trivia night at Marion Wing Factory on Thursday, a Bigfoot hike along the Joseph McDowell Historical Catawba Greenway on Friday morning, and two nights of rock n’ roll at the Spillway Bridge & Co. Music Hall.

Find all of the details at Happy hunting!