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Bigfoot Believers Gather in Kentucky

The Wildman Days festival recently took place in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, and The Lexington Herald-Leader has a new story up covering the event titled "Bigfoot in Kentucky? Believers say there is no doubt." It reads:

LAWRENCEBURG - Bigfoot didn't show up in downtown Lawrenceburg Saturday, unless you count the guy in the hairy suit, but a lot of Bigfoot believers did.
The city hosted the inaugural Wildman Days festival this weekend, focused on the creature - also called Sasquatch and other names - that some say isn't real but others believe in with a passion.
Count among the believers Daniel Lee Smith, a retired coal miner who drove more than five hours from Elkins, W.V., to attend the festival.
Smith, whose father called him Daniel Boone because he stayed in the woods so much as a kid, said he has seen a Sasquatch several times, heard them growl and whoop, and even had rocks thrown at him by a creature to warn him to stay clear.
Smith, who had a plaster cast he'd made of a 26-inch long foot, said he inadvertently got between a male Bigfoot and a female and two babies in the woods one time before he got to his vehicle and got away.
'That was the scaredest I ever was,' he said.
The idea for the theme of the festival came from Jeff Waldridge, who leads ghost walks in Lawrenceburg, and his partners Lee and Jennifer Kirkland.
Anderson County has had the Burgoo Festival for many years in late September, but there was interest in having another event earlier in the year.
Bigfoot seemed a natural choice because Anderson County has had more reported sightings than any other in the state, at 27, according to the Kentucky Bigfoot Research Organization.
Bullitt County is next at 26, then Ohio, Carter and Adair.
'We wanted to do something totally different, off the wall, that would get attention,' Waldridge said.
Mission accomplished. Waldridge said he'd heard someone was coming from as far away as Australia.
'People are insane about this stuff,' he said.
It's not clear why the county has had such a rich Bigfoot history.
There are thick woods along the Kentucky River, so the creatures would have plentiful water, food and cover, Waldridge said.
Other counties with fewer sightings have those conditions as well, though.
Josh Lillpop, who lives in the county and attended the festival with his 4-year-old daughter, Jacie, had an idea.
'Maybe it's the bourbon,' he said.

See the rest on the Herald Leader website.

I find it hard to believe that Smith has had "multiple encounters with Bigfoot" when other people say they have searched their whole lives and saw absolutely nothing. I also find the 26-inch footprint very suspect. Something with feet that size would have to be huge, and probably not too good at staying hidden.

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