FISHERSVILLE - Sasquatch. Yeti. Wendigo. Grassman. What you call him depends largely on where you live. But one name seems to reign supreme for the hairy ape-like man that has been the subject [of] legends, myths, and alleged encounters for centuries: Bigfoot.
So starts an article on the Daily Progress website of Virginia. Over the weekend the first annual Virginia Bigfoot Conference was held in Fisherville, VA, hosted by the East Coast Bigfoot Researchers Organization.
Daniel Benoit, the founder of the ECBRO, said those who were skeptical of Bigfoot's existence were welcome to the conference as well. "If a nonbeliever wants to come out, they [need to] be respectful - that's all we ask. Nobody is telling you to believe in this or that. That's not what it's about."
However, from the article it seems that believers made up the majority of the attendants.
The 'She Squatchers,' one of a number of groups and individuals speaking at the event, kicked things off Saturday morning. As the name implies, the Bigfoot research group is made up of all women - the team leader claims to be a missing person psychic medium who says she uses her skills to search for Bigfoot.
The Ohio Night Stalkers were another group in attendance. Mike Miller and Mike Feltner claim they were run out of an area in Ohio by Sasquatch.
"Trey Loving, 9, and Lenny Loving of Nelson were among those who decided to check out the conference. They walked around looking at the booths and vendors. When asked what he thought was the coolest thing at the conference was, Trey said, 'Bigfoot!'"
The Lovings became interested in Bigfoot after seeing shows about it on TV (which sadly is where lots of people get everything they "know" about Bigfoot from…). Trey speculated if there could be Bigfoots living in volcanoes. "It would be a lava Bigfoot," he said.
Sounds like your typical Bigfoot conference, with not much science, and everyone saying "Bigfoot is real because... ['I Seen It!' or some other unlikely reason]." I've heard the same "the nonbelievers are welcome" many times with stuff on conferences but I bet some believers would still get mad if you challenged their beliefs.
A good idea for an event would be a conference where cryptozoology is looked at from a scientific standpoint…
SOURCE: Daily Progress.