Kristina Rusch, Estes Park Trail-Gazette
There’s something about Bigfoot Days that draws a unique crowd. Believers from all over planet earth gathered downtown in Bond Park this past weekend to celebrate the mystery of the legendary Bigfoot.
Kicking off the festival was a session with Cliff Barackman at the Historic Park Theater. He has been a dedicated Sasquatch field researcher for decades, and is a starring cast member of Animal Planet’s hit series Finding Bigfoot. Both on- and off-camera, he has managed to gather data supporting the hypothesis that Sasquatches are an undiscovered species that lives in North America.
Wandering about the festival grounds, attendees could purchase their own BigFoot replica, hats, stickers, and other memorabilia about their favorite mysterious creature. Food trucks fed their bellies while drinks were poured from local breweries like Lumpy Ridge and Avante Garde Aleworks. The festival sponsor, The Highland Bard, had a booth selling limited edition leather bound notebooks and a special ground coffee brewed just for the festival itself. Owner David Freedman roasted the special, highly caffeinated coffee beans right here in Estes Park, and sold their brand new “Bigfoot Brew” for the first time at the festival. Attendees could try their hand at axe throwing or rock climbing, while kids enjoyed the obstacle course bounce house.
Joe “Huckleberry” Lott and “Wild” Bill Neff are core members of the Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings Team (AIMS) and stars of Travel Channel’s hit series, Mountain Monsters. You could find the rambunctious pair floating around the festival entertaining guests and chatting about their experiences. They were judges at the Bigfoot Calling Contest, where guests showed off their best impressions of sasquatch, and held an intimate Q&A at the Park Theater. Attendees could ask anything they wanted relating to Bigfoot and their findings, and the answers had the guests roaring with laughter. Creepy People Management, a talent agency representing artists in the paranormal realm, moderated the session passing around a microphone and ensuring the wildest questions were answered.
A festival would not be complete without a bit of music. Ryan Dart kicked things off, followed by Shovelin Stone with a mix of bluegrass and rock. People enjoyed music while lounging on the lawn with their friends, family, and canine companions.
The last leg of the festival included a premiere of the documentary film, Alien Contact in the Rockies, where paranormal lovers sat and watched the film about the mysterious paranormal things that happen in the Rocky Mountains, and of course, how the legend of Bigfoot came to be. The movie spoke with experts in the field regarding how the mountains had multiple Bigfoot sightings just 30 miles away from the town of Estes Park.
Bigfoot Days is a truly unique experience for the paranormal lover, and an event that is catching praise from attendees. This annual festival is sure to draw crowds from all over the country to Estes Park to celebrate the mystery and wonder about the mythical creature we call Bigfoot for years to come.
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