Escape the Ordinary at the 2nd Annual WNC Bigfoot Festival

Want to mingle with Bigfoot experts and enthusiasts, try your hand at Sasquatch calling, and enjoy gourmet dishes inspired by the world's greatest hide-and-seek player? Make plans to visit the 2nd Annual WNC Bigfoot Festival in Downtown Marion, NC on Friday, September 13-14, 2019.

Friday, September 13

An Evening with Sasquatch
Before this year's 2nd Annual WNC Bigfoot Festival, visitors can enjoy an open-air screening of the 1987 classic Harry and the Hendersons starring John Lithgow sponsored by The Mountain Marquee Theater. Grab your lawn chair and bring the family to Marion for an evening of fun. 

Bigfoot Chase 5K


Saturday, September 14

It Takes Big Feet to Fill These Shoes
8-10 a.m.
Want to test your strength and speed against on of nature's most mysterious creatures? If so, join the Bigfoot Chase 5K kicking off Saturday's events at 8 a.m. Participants are encourages to register in advance for the a finisher medal, T-shirt, and a custom gift from The Makery in Downtown Marion. If you're lucky, maybe you'll catch the big guy. 

Rolling Out The Red Carpet for Bigfoot
10:15 a.m.

What better way to start off the WNC Bigfoot Festival than with a proclamation from Mayor Steve Little naming Bigfoot the City of Marion's official animal? Following the announcement, visitors can get a rundown of the day's activities. 
Finding Bigfoot Animal Planet
Sasquatch Approved Fun
10-4 p.m.
Browse through more than 190 vendor booths before taking the children to the Mountain Lake Realty Kid's Zone. Meet the host of the show "Finding Bigfoot," Cliff Barackman, and enjoy ons of other Bigfoot-themed activities. 

Food For Ferocious Appetites
Whether you're looking for a funnel cake or something more Bigfoot-friendly—like meat on a stick—there's something for everyone in the Wells-Fargo Food Court. Looking for regionally-crafted dishes, small plates, and craft brews inspired by Bigfoot himself? Explore Downtown Marion's may restaurants and hotspots for an assortment of treats. 

Bigfoot Calling Contest
12 p.m.

Expedition Bigfoot GA.
Ten people registered for the Bigfoot Calling Contest will be randomly drawn to test their Sasquatch calls in front of an audience at noon. Winners will receive prizes from McLaughlin's Ribbons in Raleigh and Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park. The winner will be announced at 3:45 p.m. at the event's closing ceremony. 

Bigfoot Town Hall
1-2:30 p.m.

Ever spotted oversized footprints? Maybe your grandfather passed down a story about a hairy man who lived in the woods? Whatever your tale, visitors to the WNC Bigfoot Festival are encouraged to share their Sasquatch stories during this town-hall style event hosted by "Finding Bigfoot" star Cliff Barakman on the McDowell County Courthouse Lawn. 

Sasquatch on the Silver Screen
Showtimes vary
Escape the heat of the day and enjoy Bigfoot Hollywood-style. Mountain Marquee Theater will show Paranormal Bigfoot from Virginia Filmmaker Bill Lancaster. Tickets can be purchased the day of the event. 

Win The Bigfoot DreamRideBigfoot Golf Cart Raffle
Drawing at 3 p.m.

Buy raffle tickets from the Chamber of Commerce for a chance to win a custom designed Bigfoot DreamRide golf cart worth more than $8K! Tickets are available by calling the Chamber at 828.652.4240, email at and will be available on the day of at the Chamber vendor booth! 
Offsite Parking and Event Shuttling
Starting at 9 a.m.
With more than 30,000 people expected at this year's even, organizers have made sure that visitors can easily park at one of four satellite parking lots, located at McDowell Hight School, West McDowell Middle School, McDowell Technical Community College, and the Corpening Memorial YMCA, and ride a free shuttle to the festival. 

Media Contacts
Landdis Hollifield, City of Marion Public Information
John Bruner, Bigfoot 911 Member and Festival Organizer-

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