With a public thirsting for knowledge, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, Bigfoot Research Project is presenting the Second Annual Bigfoot Day Aug. 16-17 at Patsy Hillman Park in Hiller.
“It’s something out there and nobody knows what it is. Bigfoot has been around for years and years,’’ said Fred Saluga, project director, who is a Luzerne Township native now living in West Virginia.
“Native American legends talk about hairy wild men who live in the forests,’’ said Bob Scholz, of Connellsville, a member of the research project.
Admission is free to the event, which is being expanded to two days. A town meeting is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 16 at the first pavilion in the park.
“It’s for people to tell their stories if they’ve seen Bigfoot, Dog Man or anything cryptid,’’ said Scholz.
The event continues 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 17 with vendors, exhibitions and presentations.
Featured speakers include Jamie and Jenny King from a northwestern Pennsylvania Bigfoot group, Greg Kotyuha of Carmichaels and a member of the Bigfoot Research Project; Goose Bumps, a paranormal group; Jack Warren, an Ohio researcher; David and Angie Haggerty of Connellsville – he’s a snake expert and she’s a bug expert; Dave and Carey Rupert, Bigfoot hunters from central Pennsylvania; and Dr. Paul Johnson, author of “Chasing the Elusive Pennsylvania Bigfoot.’’
A Bigfoot calling contest will be held in the early afternoon.
There will be food for sale and vendors. The Bigfoot Research Project will sell hats and T-shirts. Proceeds benefit Patsy Hillman Park.
Saluga and Scholz said the 2018 event was well received. It’s the draw of Bigfoot that brings people in.
“People have curious minds,’’ said Scholz, “and they want to know.’’