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Written by  Monday, 30 September 2019 21:57
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A festival Bigfoot greets a small visitor. A festival Bigfoot greets a small visitor.

By Teresa Black Bradway

Bigfoot fans will gather this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4 and 5, for the Honobia Bigfoot Festival and Conference at the beautiful Kiamichi Mountains Christian Mission (Christ 40 acres), Highway 144 and Indian Highway, Honobia, Ok.

Be warned!
Bigfoot likes this remote deep-woods area because it is far from modern life.

Gas up your car. There are no gas stations—the closest is 18 miles away.

Bring cash. Many vendors’ card-readers don’t work here.

There is no Wi-Fi and most cell phones won't have service.

Serious Bigfoot hunters will gather for a two-day conference while many will seek fall fun.

“Of the five thousand or so who attend the Bigfoot Festival, only a few hundred come looking for Bigfoot,” said Artie Carnes, director of the Mission. “The rest of us come looking for funnel cakes. We have been 100% successful in finding funnel cakes.”

Carnes and others offer free family-friendly Branson-style entertainment in the Steel Tent from 11 am to 5 pm on Friday, and 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday. There will be an open mic at 2 pm and 4:45 pm on Friday and at 1 pm on Saturday for those who may wish to sing or play music.

Tickets to the conference are sold daily at the door.

The Bigfoot Conference features prominent Bigfoot researchers R. Scott Nelson, Ron Morehead, M. K. Davis, John Vanderventer and Igor Burtsev of Russia.

Guests share first-hand dramatic encounter stories around the campfires on Friday and Saturday night.

Honobia is a well-known hot-spot of Bigfoot sightings that attracts visitors from foreign countries, television crews and those who hope to catch a glimpse of the elusive beast.

The Honobia Bigfoot Organization is a non-profit group which partnered with the Chahta Foundation and the Tuskahoma Masonic Lodge No. 491 to bring scholarships to students from Smithville, Battiest, Clayton, Talihina and Buffalo Valley.

Helicopter flights will be offered. Bigfoot souvenirs from t-shirts to coffee mugs are sold. Conference speakers may sell books, recordings or even casts of Bigfoot prints.

The Bigfoot Organization has an hourly drawing from noon to 5 pm on Saturday. The Masons also have a drawing at 5 pm Saturday. The Honobia Community center will have a drawing for a $500. Walmart gift card at 5 pm Saturday.
Visitors may enjoy a Kids’ Zone, handcrafted arts and crafts, and delicious food. The Choctaw Nations Health Services will give free flu shots on Saturday to everyone, tribal or non-tribal.

The Bigfoot 5K on Saturday, Oct. 5 will start and finish at the Honobia Community Center. Contact Doris Winlock, Choctaw Nation, (800) 349-7026 or (918) 567-7000, Ext. 6958; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Accommodations nearby are listed on the website

Primitive camping includes tents and limited RV sites available by advance reservation at (580) 244-3473.

This unique Oklahoma event has educated and entertained visitors for nearly a decade. The Honobia festival was named the No. 1 Bigfoot Fest in the nation by “The Hauntist,” an Internet blog.

Vendors may email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Print casts of BF 003
 Bigfoot prints were displayed at a past Conference




David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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