Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 10th, 2012
Join us on the Bigfoot Train. Come join a unique experience at a one-of-a-kind conference! Or just buy a ticket to make this a success, and be a mini-sponsor faraway!! Your support will be appreciated.
Cryptopalooza will celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Patterson-Gimlin footage in a family friendly setting.
Friday, October 19th
Meat & Greet BBQ Dinner and Concert
7:00 – 11:00 PM
Featuring The Boggy Creek Boys, led by Lyle Blackburn of Ghoultown
Saturday, October 20th
10:00 AM Doors open
11:00 AM Kick off
11:15 AM Ken Gerhard
12:15 PM Chester Moore
1:15 PM Break
1:30 PM Loren Coleman
2:30 PM Jerry Hestand
3:30 PM Break
3:45 PM Dave Coleman
4:45 PM Wrap up
5:00 PM Close
Drive In Movie Night
7:00 – 11:00 PM
Southern Fried Bigfoot
Presentation by Lyle Blackburn: The Beast of Boggy Creek
7:00 PM Doors open
7:30 PM Kick off
7:40 PM Southern Fried Bigfoot
8:10 PM Lyle Blackburn
9:00 PM The Legend of Boggy Creek
10:30 PM Q & A
11:00 PM Close
Saturday, October 20th, 11:30pm
The Bigfoot Train carries you deep into the dark woods along the Big Cypress Bayou. The narrator shares legends of Bigfoot in Jefferson and East Texas and a ghost story or two that will make you reach for your loved ones! The antique train is a restored gas-powered Plymouth Locomotive built in 1964. The open-canopied observation cars give you a great view and still carry the custom medallions cast into them designed especially for the Six Guns amusement park in Florida. The steam train used in previous years is out-of-service for extensive boiler repairs. Bigfoot (also known in these parts as the Boggy Creek Monster) has been sighted running along the railroad tracks from dusk ‘til dawn. Is the tale of the Bigfoot sightings fact or fiction?
The Texas Bigfoot Research Conservancy website says “Jerry Hestand, Mark Porter and Charles DeVore investigated a number of cases in Marion County from reliable trustworthy people in or near these remote bottomlands. It is their assessment that it seems highly likely that events have been reported accurately”.
The train rolls right by the home of the Boggy Creek monster as depicted in the horror movie, “Boggy Creek”, filmed in Jefferson and Uncertain. The movie is loosely based on the old Big Foot or Sasquatch legends, says Brian T. Jaynes, director and producer.
So, are the sightings real or a spoof to enhance your rider experience? You’ll have to ride the train to find out!
Sunday, October 21st
Guided Tour of Fouke
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Caravan in own vehicle to Fouke (1 hour away from Jefferson)
Tour led by Lyle Blackburn, author of “The Beast of Boggy Creek”
Stops will include locations that were filmed in The Legend of Boggy Creek
As well as historic and latter day Fouke Monster sighting locations
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.