Will Bigfoot show up at his own festival?
By Eddie Glenn, Press Staff Writer
Thursday, September 29, 2005 9:06 AM CDT
About a year and a half ago, the Daily Press ran a
story about Bigfoot sightings in Cherokee County,
along with a photo of what the anonymous photographer
claimed was the elusive hairy beast himself (or
herself; it was kind of hard to tell from the photo).
Before long, the Press was inundated with phone calls
from all over the country (and Canada) about what has
perhaps become Cherokee County's most famous - if
existent - resident.
Calls also came in from local folks, who urged
reporters to accompany them on "spotlighting" missions
for Bigfoot, with guarantees that we'd see him, if we
stuck around long enough.
After a while, the hubbub died down, but occasionally,
someone still calls up with some Bigfoot news. The
most recent reports have been from the Lost City area.
Of course, few people want to identify themselves when
they call in with Bigfoot stories. Their anonymity is
understandable, however. After all, he's still
considered a somewhat fictitious character, and no one
wants to be considered a nut.
One southeastern Oklahoma town, however, has taken
advantage of its reputation as a frequent hang-out of
Honobia (pronounced Ho-nubby), in Pushmataha County
near the LeFlore County line, will be hosting the
first "Bigfoot Fall Festival" this Friday and
Saturday, and the folks in Honobia don't seem to mind
if people think they're nuts.
You can think whatever you want about Honobians, as
long as you pay for your campsite and your Bigfoot
Other activities will include arts and crafts, music,
contests, Bigfoot tours, and - of course - photos with
"It's going to be extremely busy," said festival
co-organizer Karen Pierce. "People have been calling
from all over the state. They especially want to know
about the Bigfoot storytelling."
At 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day, residents of Honobia
and the surrounding area will share their own Bigfoot
sighting stories with festival visitors, and there are
likely to be quite a few tall (and furry, and smelly)
tales going around.
A visit to www.bfro.net, the official Web site of the
Bigfoot Research Organization, indicates that while
Cherokee County has had two official sightings,
LeFlore County has had a whopping 15!
In fact, Bigfoot sighting in the Honobia area,
according to Pierce, have been increasing.
"There have been a lot more sightings, just in the
last couple of months," she said. "There seems to be a
clan of them, and evidently they're communicating with
Pierce said people reporting Bigfoot sounds describe
them as being similar to the scream of a woman in
distress, although there also seems to be a grunting
sound that's quite common.
Of course, with a clan of the creatures around, one
has to wonder, what do you call more than one Bigfoot
- Bigfoots or Bigfeet?
"We've never been able to figure that out," said
Pierce. "It's a topic of discussion that comes up
quite often, but we're really not sure."
Eddie Glenn, a staff writer from the Daily Press, is
originally from LeFlore County. Regrettably, he's
never seen a Bigfoot, but he hopes to.
According to Bigfoot Fall Festival co-organizer Karen
Pierce, the best way to find Honobia is to get a state
highway map. However, on the days of the festival, you
can follow the Bigfoot footprints painted on the roads
from Talihina southward, Clayton eastward, and Octavia westward.
Nephilim's Paranormal Investigations - http://paranorm.cjb.net
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