Friday, August 29, 2008

Bigfoot Daze

Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 2:24 PM

We got a note today from our friend Richard at the Humboldt County Convention and Visitors Bureau :


If yer looking for something to blog today, I wanted to share something that might be fun, given that this weekend is Bigfoot Days and that 2008 is the so-called Year of the Bigfoot (he turns 50 this year).

Lost in the uproar about the Georgia Bigfoot hoax is that two weeks ago there actually was some pretty compelling video evidence of a real live Bigfoot shot in Humboldt County. Check it out!

Our office helped capture the Bigfoot, so let me know if you'd like to know more. It's nice to know too that something fun and fuzzy from Humboldt has more than 100,000 views on YouTube. A few other media outlets have taken notice:

The Los Angeles Times and The Sacramento Bee
Yours,
Richard Stenger
Media & Marketing
Humboldt County CVB
Richard does not explain, but the Bigfoot reunion video was made in response to this YouTube smash:

Incidentally, the creator of the Bigfoot YouTubage, Matt St. Charles is also the filmmaker behind Remote Control Grandpa , a homegrown comedy that played last night at the Minor as part of the WildRivers 101 Film Festival .

You'll find d etails about the rest of the WildRivers 101 Fest in this week's calendar.

Regrettably, The Journal failed to note Willow Creek's Bigfoot celebration in that same calendar.

To rectify our oversight we offer the details:

The highlight of Bigfoot Days is the parade starting at 10:30 a.m. along Highway 299 in downtown Willow Creek Saturday, Aug. 30. The theme: "Year of the Bigfoot. Seeing is Believing!" The grand marshal: 84-year-old, Al Hodgson, a Sasquatch hunter who has found and preserved (via plaster casting) several Bigfoot footprints.

Theirs is still time to enter the parade, and it's free for families and nonprofits. (Businesses pay $25.) Just show up before 9:30 at the registration table by Ray's Food Place and they'll give you a spot. Judging runs from 9:45-10:15 a.m. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m.

A VFW honor guard takes the lead bringing the parade to Veteran's Park where the rest of the "days'" events take place, including a car show, a softball tourney, vendors, music of some sort and the requisite barbeque. For further details about any of this call Cortney at 503-629-3530.

You might also want to check out the S.F. Chron travel piece on the fest . And you really should revisit the story Capt. Buhne wrote for the Journal last year: BIGFOOT TRAPPED BY NORCAL FANATIC!

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