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Posted on: May 11, 2022

WNC Bigfoot Festival returns on May 13 - May 14

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There’s two things that are certain about spring in Western North Carolina, the weather is unpredictable and Bigfoot comes out of hibernation just in time for the WNC Bigfoot Festival.


The year’s WNC Bigfoot Festival will kick off on Friday, May 13, with a Bigfoot Educational Expo at the Marion Community Building, located at 191 North Main Street in Marion, from 3-8 p.m.


Entrance to the expo is $5 per person and those that attend the educational event will have a chance to learn about the close encounters many Bigfoot experts have had with Sasquatch himself.


During the expo, spectators will hear from researchers from across the southeast United States and have the chance to visit with Bigfoot experts as well as purchase items from vendors until 8 p.m.


The largest part of this year’s festival will happen on Saturday, May 14, in Downtown Marion. From 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., visitors can hear from a variety of Bigfoot researchers, take part in a Bigfoot-themed contest and enjoy live music from ShaBoom a cappella group at the event’s Main Stage, located in front of the McDowell County Courthouse.


Opening ceremonies will start at 10:30 a.m. During this portion of the event, Marion Mayor Steve Little will present event organizers, Bigfoot 911, with a proclamation naming Bigfoot the official animal of Marion, N.C.


Around 12 p.m., a select number of randomly selected individuals, will have the chance to compete in the Flavors on Main Bigfoot Calling Contest. During the contest, participants will get to show off their best Bigfoot Call for the chance to win a trophy declaring the Champion of Bigfoot Calls. Winners of the contest will be announced at 6 p.m. at the end of the festival.


Chris Carswell from the shows “Moonshiners” and “Appalachian Outlaws” will be at the festival all day signing autographs and talking to fans.


Attendees can also explore more than255 vendor booths featuring a variety of Bigfoot-themed products.


Marion’s nonprofit organizations, restaurants and businesses have created a variety of Sasquatch-themed activities, dishes, drinks and memorabilia that visitors can indulge in before, during and after the festival.


Some of these activities include a historic ghost walk, moonshine tastings and live music events. A complete list of those activities can be found at


Visitors at Saturday’s portion of the event are encouraged to take advantage of satellite parking areas located at McDowell Technical Community College, Corpening Memorial YMCA, Marion’s Bilo Parking Lot and West McDowell Middle School. Parking shuttles will operate from 10 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 14.


For a map of satellite parking areas and up-to-date information about the WNC Bigfoot Festival, visit

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