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Annual Bigfoot expo returns to Salt Fork State Park Saturday

By Dan Davis | Daily Jeffersonian Published: April 10, 2013 11:10 AM
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The Ohio Bigfoot Conference returns to Salt Fork State Park for 2013.

The event is slated to be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 13 at the lodge. Doors and vendors booths open at noon.

For those not purchasing advance tickets, the cost of admission is $15 at the door.

The speaker lineup boasts a quintet of knowledgeable and experienced researchers and scientists. Their biographies, taken from the conference website, are as follows:

Dr. Esteban Sarmiento

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A biologist specializing in primatology, Dr. Sarmiento is an author, educator and field researcher. One of his specific fields of studies is hominoids skeletons, both living and extinct. Esteban is one of a few credentialed scientists who devote serious consideration to the existence of bigfoot. While he does not assert the existence has been established, he does contend that the evidence and claims do merit further study. Dr. Sarmiento has appeared in a number of episodes of MonsterQuest and was one of the scientists who examined the skookum cast.

Thom Powell

If you have never heard Thom give a Sasquatch lecture, man oh man ... don't miss out this year. Author of "The Locals" and "Shady Neighbors," Thom is known as one the premier researchers into the Sasquatch phenomena.

"The Locals" (2003) was described by reviewer Lisa Kearns as "a brilliant combination of science and storytelling." His was the first book to suggest many fairly radical ideas that have since been endorsed by many contemporary researchers, such as habituation, infrasound, paranormal elements, human levels of intelligence in the Sasquatch, awareness of cameras and much more.

Thom's newest book, "Shady Neighbors" (2011) presents his entire 'take' on the sasquatch phenomenon through the lens of a rural family that is unwittingly thrust into a big hairy mystery.

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Mark Maisel

Mark is a lifelong Northeast Ohioan who has been interested in the Bigfoot/Sasquatch mystery since the early 1970's. A graduate of Ohio Northern University, he was a member of the soccer team while in college. As a member of the BFRO, he has spent numerous hours in the woods, over 1200 hours for the filming of Finding Bigfoot and Ohio's April 2012 expedition in the Salt Fork Region. Organizing expeditions in Ohio, and helping in nearby states, he has investigated many reports through the years in Ohio and surrounding states. He currently resides in Sagamore Hills, Ohio with his wife Maggie.

Dr. Russ Jones

Dr. Jones is a native of Lancaster, Ohio. Growing up in an outdoors family he had two different Bigfoot experiences, which left him forever interested in the Bigfoot phenomena. He is a certified master naturalist and spends many hours weekly in the woods. He graduated from Huntington University, Huntington, Indiana and the Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, Iowa. He has been involved with the BFRO for the past several years publishing reports in Ohio and West Virginia, leading expeditions in Ohio and West Virginia, and most recently helping with witnesses for the Finding Bigfoot television show. He currently resides in Charleston, West Virginia.

Loren Coleman

Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Loren Coleman (cryptozoologist, author, museum director, and media consultant) began writing to share his experiences soon after his first expeditions. His first published article appeared in 1969, the same year he was first interviewed on television. In recent years, he has been a consultant and seen on MonsterQuest, Weird Travels, Mysteries of the Museum, and CBS Sunday Morning. The first of many books he has authored or coauthored came in 1975. Well-known books include Bigfoot! The True Story of Apes in America, Cryptozoology A-Z, Weird Ohio, and The Field Guide to Bigfoot and Other Mystery Primates. In 2003, he founded the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine, which became a nonprofit in 2012.

In addition to the speakers, several special guests will be on hand, including Don Keating, Mike Esordi and Bill Dranginis.

Other planned activities include the popular Friday night meet-and-greet and opportunities to spend time in the field.

For more information visit their website.


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