By Teresa Black Bradway
If you want to see Bigfoot Country from the air, helicopter flights will be offered both Friday and Saturday at the Honobia Bigfoot Festival and Conference on Friday, Oct. 04, and Saturday, Oct. 05.
The event is in the beautiful Kiamichi Mountains Christian Mission (Christ 40 acres), Highway 144 and Indian Highway, Honobia, OK.
In these deep woods, Bigfoot is told of in both ancient stories and in modern sightings.
Bigfoot souvenirs from t-shirts to coffee mugs are offered. At the Bigfoot Conference, speakers may sell books, recordings or even casts of Bigfoot prints.
Festival organizers suggest that visitors bring cash. Many vendors’ card readers don’t work in the deep woods. The nearest ATMs are in Clayton or Talihina.
Come prepared before you enter this remote area. There are no gas stations—the closest is 18 miles away. There is no Wi-Fi and most cell phones won't have service.
Thousands each year enjoy free activities such as music 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.
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.
The Bigfoot Festival offers a variety of activities for those simply seeking fun. Visitors enjoy handcrafted arts and crafts, a Kid’s Zone, a nature walk, and delicious food. Sometimes local books and home-canned preserves and goodies are sold.
The Choctaw Nations Health Services will be giving free flu shots again on Saturday to everyone, tribal or non-tribal.
Guests with first-hand encounters share stories without ridicule around the campfires on Friday and Saturday night. Oklahoma Bigfoot sightings and reports from other states are exchanged.
For serious Bigfoot seekers, 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.
If you are training to chase Sasquatch, you may wish to enter the Bigfoot 5K on Saturday, Oct. 5. It will start and finish at the Honobia Community Center. Contact Doris Winlock P.A.C.E. Coordinator, Choctaw Nation, One Choctaw Way, Talihina, Ok. 74571; (800) 349-7026 or (918) 567-7000, Ext. 6958; Fax 918-567-7144; email
Accommodations nearby are listed on the website honobiabigfoot.com
You can enjoy primitive camping in the woods near where Bigfoot dwells. Campers are warned that some hear strange Bigfoot-like noises in the night. Others in the area report a large figure lurking in the woods.
The campground allows tents as well as limited RV camping with electric hookups, available by advance reservations through the Kiamichi Mountain Christian Mission.
Campers should call (580) 244-3473 for reservations.
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
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 Smithville, Battiest, Clayton, Talihina and Buffalo Valley.