The 2013 edition of the Ohio Bigfoot Conference is returning to Salt Fork State Park Lodge. We heard your feedback preferring a Saturday conference and unfortunately the venue we used last year is booked for Saturdays throughout the spring. Nevertheless, it is a good feeling to return to where the conference grew into the must attend eastern U.S. Bigfoot event. If you are planning on attending a conference this spring, this will be the one with the best speakers and activities in the heart of Ohio’s Bigfoot triangle.
Where: Salt Fork Lodge Convention Center
When: April 13, 2013
Time: From 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Vendors and doors will open at noon
Admission: VIP Packages – $35 – General Admission – $15
Speakers: See the Speakers Page – One piece of feedback from last year was to bring in a speaker that can inform attendees about current activity in Ohio and the surrounding tri-state area, we think you will find we are bringing in a great team to cover that topic. In addition to speakers, we will have numerous special guests, such as Don Keating, Mike Esordi and Bill Dranginis participating in the event
Other Activities: You bet, the popular Friday night meet and greet, opportunities for time in the field and other events will comprise a full weekend of Bigfooting.
Lodging: We have negotiated a special rate with the lodge and also have another premium location for attendees to choose from. Details are on the Lodging page.
Dr. Esteban Sarmiento
A biologist specializing in primatology, Dr. Sarmiento is an author, educator and field researcher. One of his specific fields of studies is hominoids skeletons, both living and extinct. Esteban is one of a few credentialed scientists who devote serious consideration to the existence of bigfoot. While he does not assert the existence has been established, he does contend that the evidence and claims do merit further study. Dr. Sarmiento has appeared in a number of episodes of MonsterQuest and was one of the scientists who examined the skookum cast.
Author and researcher Mr. Thom Powell
If you have never heard Thom give a Sasquatch lecture, man oh man…don’t miss out this year. Author of “The Locals” and “Shady Neighbors”, Thom is known as one the premier researchers into the Sasquatch phenomena.
“The Locals” (2003) was described by reviewer Lisa Kearns as, “a brilliant combination of science and storytelling”. His was the first book to suggest many fairly radical ideas that have since been endorsed by many contemporary researchers, such as habituation, infrasound, paranormal elements, human levels of intelligence in the Sasquatch, awareness of cameras, and much more.
Thom’s newest book, “Shady Neighbors” (2011) presents his entire ‘take’ on the sasquatch phenomenon through the lens of a rural family that is unwittingly thrust into a big hairy mystery.
BFRO researcher Mark Maisel
Mark is a lifelong Northeast Ohioan who has been interested in the Bigfoot/Sasquatch mystery since the early 1970′s. A graduate of Ohio Northern University, he was a member of the soccer team while in college. As a member of the BFRO, he has spent numerous hours in the woods, over 1200 hours for the filming of Finding Bigfoot and Ohio’s April 2012 expedition in the Salt Fork Region. Organizing expeditions in Ohio, and helping in nearby states, he has investigated many reports through the years in Ohio and surrounding states. He currently resides in Sagamore Hills, Ohio with his wife Maggie.
BFRO researcher and future Mr. Universe Dr. Russ Jones
Dr. Jones is a native of Lancaster, Ohio. Growing up in an outdoors family he had two different Bigfoot experiences, which left him forever interested in the Bigfoot phenomena. He is a certified master naturalist and spends many hours weekly in the woods. He graduated from Huntington University, Huntington, Indiana and the Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, Iowa. He has been involved with the BFRO for the past several years publishing reports in Ohio and West Virginia, leading expeditions in Ohio and West Virginia, and most recently helping with witnesses for the Finding Bigfoot television show. He currently resides in Charleston, West Virginia.
You don’t want to miss this event!