‘It’s fantastic’: Bigfoot believers returning to Hastings for third annual conference

‘It’s fantastic’: Bigfoot believers returning to Hastings for third annual conference
A Bigfoot cutout is displayed during the Nebraska Bigfoot Conference in February 2017. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD

HASTINGS, Neb. — Hundreds of Bigfoot aficionados will migrate to central Nebraska this weekend for the third-annual Bigfoot Conference of America.

The event is hosted by a woman known locally as “The Bigfoot Lady,” Harriett McFeely. She owns the Bigfoot Crossroads of America Museum and Research Center in Hastings and started the conference in 2017.

A few big names in the Bigfoot community are planned for this year’s conference, which will be held Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hastings City Auditorium, 400 N. Hastings Ave. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger.

Presentation topics include an oral history of human-Bigfoot relations among native people in Canada, linguistic analysis of recorded sounds in the Sierra Nevada range and examining the possible existence of other cryptozoological creatures.

“The bottom line is it’s fantastic,” McFeely said. “We have an absolutely special program.”

Each of the past two conferences saw more than 700 attendees, and McFeely said she hopes the event will attract 1,000 this year. For more information and a full list of presenters, visit www.bigfootcrossroadsofamerica.com.

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