Bigfoot Days 2010

Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 11th, 2009

Willow Creek recently had their annual Bigfoot celebration. But was something missing? Now a local businessman is calling for civic action to correct the situation.

Every Labor Day weekend for the last 49 years, the small community of Willow Creek, California, has had their “Bigfoot Days.”

Some years have been more well-attended than others. Steven Streufert, the local Bigfoot Books store owner, has pointed out it is time to put some new life into the event.

I often have been amazed with the success of the little town of Roswell, which can have 1.25 million visitors per year tour their little museum. Meanwhile, Willow Creek, with their Bigfoot museum, struggles to get any media attention.

Streufert had some important “editorial comments” about the current situation and the future of Bigfoot Days in his recent blog on the matter:

Not much Bigfoot presence appeared this year…but there were some enterprising youths selling their new Bigfoot Maps in a nice new adaptation and revision from the older one you may have seen around….Missing this year was old “Mr. Bigfoot,” Al Hodgson. We are hoping all is well with him and his family. Also missing was a presence from the Willow Creek-China Flat Museum, home of The Bigfoot Collection…what’s up with that?

We here at Bigfoot Books had put in some effort to rally the troops for a Bigfoot speakers presence this year, but apparently the planners had too much on their hands to make provisions. The festival is in a kind of transition between the retiring old guard and a new, younger group of organizers. They all have families and jobs, so heck, I guess Bigfoot isn’t too angry they didn’t get back to us. Maybe NEXT year we will have to try for a mini-conference in the VFW Hall? If any of you are interested in attending or speaking at such an event do let us know ASAP so that we may put in the necessary lobbying and planning to make it happen. But darn, this year we could have had Loren Coleman, Dave Paulides and Sean Fries, not to mention HSU biologist (yes, he is a believer) Richard Stepp! Heck, yes, let’s do it next year, EH?

Steven Streufert packed some great insights for the town’s future into those two long paragraphs. The shift is on, across the country, from the old to the new, and all of us elders in the Bigfoot and cz fields would be wise to recognize this and mentor/support the youth movement.

You get me there, Steven, with a plane ticket and put me up in the rustic Bigfoot Motel, I’ll waive my speaker’s fee to support your mini-conference and Willow Creek’s tourism! I’m all in for the 50th year, which will also be my 50th year being involved in cryptozoology. You only cross that milestone once in your lifetime. Frankly, I think Willow Creek should have a big mini-Woodstock-type music festival & popular cultural celebration to promote Bigfoot Days 50th Anniversary!

Meanwhile, all my best to Al Hodgson, whom I first met in 1975. May he recover from his health concerns soon.


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Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
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.

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