Posted by: Loren Coleman on April 26th, 2009
21st Annual Bigfoot Conference / EXPO
Hosted by Don Keating
DATE… MAY 2ND, 2009
TIME…4 p.m. to approximately 10 p.m. There will be a 1 hour dinner break included as well.
ADMISSION…No admission charge anticipated.
LOCATION… SALT FORK STATE PARK LODGE located just off of US Route 22 in Guernsey County, Ohio.
THE 20TH ANNUAL BIGFOOT CONFERENCE / EXPO WAS ATTENDED BY 425 PEOPLE.
SPEAKERS… SPEAKERS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE!
BILLY WILLARD from MANASSAS, VIRGINIA — Billy Willard is a vice-president of an environmental consulting firm. He oversees various types of environmental assessment and cleanup projects (e.g., leaking underground petroleum tanks, environmental site assessments, and soil/groundwater remediation). Billy is an OSHA Hazwoper Supervisor and holds many other credentials.
Billy became interested in the Bigfoot phenomena early in life as a kid after watching such movies as the Legend of Boggy Creek and the Creature From Black Lake. In 2005, Billy and his son Josh formed Sasquatch Watch of Virginia in which Billy currently serves as Director. Billy is also a member and investigator for the American Bigfoot Society (ABS), The Alliance of Independent Bigfoot Researchers (AIBR), the Northeast Sasquatch Researchers Association (NESRA), the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society (PBS) and the Mid-America Bigfoot Research Center (MABRC).
Billy is the host of an internet radio show called Sasquatch Watch Radio on the BlogTalk Radio Network which started in September of 2008. The show airs every Monday night at 9:00 pm Eastern. The webpage link to the show is The radio show features those who have been eyewitnesses of a Bigfoot-like creature, other researcher/investigators, book authors of the subject as well as different subjects on the matter.
DIANE STOCKING from PORTLAND, OREGON — Diane was raised in Cutler Ridge, Florida, which was the Black Swamp, and part of the Everglades before it was drained and built on in the early 50s. With the early 70’s came many Sasquatch flaps in South Florida; this is what grabbed her attention, and subsequently, became her life’s passion.
Diane is President of Stocking Hominid Research, Inc., a non-profit organization based in Florida. Diane spent many years as a BFRO Curator and is well known and well respected in the field of Bigfoot/Sasquatch.
Diane’s degree is in Forestry, and she thrives in the woods. Diane also enjoy’s wildlife photography. She has 3 great boys; George, Boomer, and Curtis. Diane has a reputation as a no non sense tell it like it is researcher.
DOUG HAJICEK from MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA — Doug Hajicek (pronounced high-check), president of Whitewolf Entertainment Inc, is a television documentary veteran. He has produced over 200 TV features since 1987, covering the globe from Russia, the un-explored jungles of Belize, up to the Arctic. He has experienced the diversity and adversity of the business, making him a strong director and field producer. He knows what’s needed to tell a compelling story, in long or short form. He is also a seasoned offline editor, having tested and helped with development of an early computer system and then used it as the first non-linear editor for a TV series in 1990. Hajicek has been dubbed “The Camera Explorer” by some, inventing and implementing new camera systems in untested places. In 2006 his greatest accomplishment may have been his development of the Trojan Squid Cam, used to film the worlds first free swimming Giant Squid in 2006 that was over 54 feet long.
Hajicek is also a skilled video photographer, and often a television story writer. His interest in the famous 1967 Patterson Film lead him to forensically 3D animate the strange rotating lower leg walk, he dubbed “The Mountain Gait.”
Doug Hajicek has been featured on many news stories, talk shows and national newspapers such as USA today. He has been featured on TV Shows on CNN, FOX, ABC, NBC, CBS, The History Channel, Animal Planet, to mention a few
His successful Television career has now spanned more than a quarter century and he continues with innovative hit series like Monster Quest. Now airing on the History Channel Wednesdays at 9 pm central time.
OTHER ACTIVITIES… On FRIDAY the 1st of May there will be a “meet and greet” in the lodge. If you go to the floor where the main conference rooms are located, there will be an area you can overlook the swimming pool. It will be in that area where all of the chairs and big screen TV and tables are located. This activity will take place at 8 p.m.
On SUNDAY the 3rd of May there will be a “guided tour” around the park to different locations of sightings, track discoveries or other unusual incidents in the park. A caravan of vehicles will line up in front of the main entrance on Sunday and leave at 12 noon.
ACCOMMODATIONS…Salt Fork State Park Lodge has once again agreed to give attendees who attend the conference and stay at the Lodge a HUGE discount on room rates! Just contact SFSP at (740) 439-2751 for rates. Make sure to tell them you are attending for the Bigfoot EXPO. Or you may check the RATES LISTING for details.
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.