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April 20, 2022, 9 p.m.

Mingle With Mystery at the WNC Bigfoot Festival


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The mysterious creature known as Bigfoot — or Sasquatch — is reported to have wandered the mountains of Western North Carolina for years. But on May 13 and 14, 2022, 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 afternoon’s educational expo at the Marion Community Building features four regional and national researchers sharing their evidence and experiences, plus Q&A sessions, photo opps and Bigfoot merchandise. Admission is $5 (cash only).

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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 Chris Carswell from the Moonshiners TV show. And don’t miss the annual Bigfoot Calling Contest at noon, with winners announced at 5 p.m. — sign-ups are now closed, but you can still watch all the action.

The whole town of Marion gets in on the fun, too! Look for Bigfoot-themed beers on tap at the breweries, and find Bigfoot-inspired pottery, stickers, plushies and more at the McDowell Arts Council Association (MACA) on Main Street.

Give your own big feet a workout by starting Saturday off at the Bigfoot Dash 5K race. Registration is $30 per person with proceeds benefitting Marion Elementary School. And don’t miss two nights of rock n’ roll at the Spillway Bridge & Co. Music Hall.

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