Friday & Saturday
September 28-29, 2018
2018 CONFERENCE UPDATES:
Just a reminder. The conference was canceled in July due to scheduling conflicts with the conference center.
Tickets cannot be purchased.
Refunds were sent out. Anyone who did not respond to emails concerning their refund, their total purchase amount will be donated to St Jude’s Hospital
WE are very happy to announce another speaker for this years conference!!!
Please welcome Garry Kendrick! His picture and biography are under the speakers tab! Go check him out!
Everyone please welcome Steve Kulls to our wonderful list of speakers this year!! His picture and biography is under the speakers tab! Go check him out!
WE are happy to announce another speaker for this years conference!!!
Please welcome Tim Stover! His picture and biography are under the speakers tab! Go check him out!
We have decided to go with Courtyard Marriott in Bristol, Va again this year and they were kind enough to give us the same rate as last year!! If you want to call and book your room, make sure you tell them you are part of the bigfoot conference to get these amazing rates or just click the button on the lodging page to get these great rates!!!
We are proud to announce that the first speaker booked to speak at our conference will be Doug Waller!! He done an amazing job last year and we are happy to have him to speak for us once again.
FEBRUARY 25, 2018:
WE HAVE UPDATED OUR WEBSITE.
TICKETS AND MERCHANDISE are NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE.
REDUCED PRICES on Gold and silver tickets. We are also offering kids tickets at a discount!!
proceeds will benefit St judes childrens hospital. Last year we collected $350.00. With your help, we can make it a bigger donation!!!!
February 6, 2018:
Waldo Miles Retreat has been booked for the 2018 Bigfoot Conference!!
Tickets will go on sale next week!!
2017 Conference information below
I just want to say thank you to everyone for helping make this conference a successful one!! I am so happy that we were able to raise $350.00 for St. Judes Childrens Hospital!!
We have added 3 more speakers to our lineup for Saturday. They will be Garry Kendrick, Aleta Durham and Brandon Krepcik Lowe.
We are very upset that we are having to cancel the Trapper event and him being with us during the conference. Due to health reasons Trapper won’t be able to make the trip. Our thoughts and prayers will be with him and we hope that he will be feeling better soon.
In order for our guest to still get one on one time with the speakers we are offering a cookout with the speakers in place of this. We are opening this event back up and offering 15 more tickets to this Friday night event. We hope that everyone will decide to come on out and join in on THE COOKOUT with the all of the speakers.
Due to work related issues and a few other thing things out of his control, David Floyd will NOT BE ABLE TO MAKE THE CONFERENCE.
We are now sold out of the gold tickets and the special event with Trapper tickets. We still have silver and general left...BUY yours now before they are all gone!
Get your tickets before they are gone. Dont forget to ask about the merchandise we have available. In the next few weeks we will be adding more stuff to the auction page. We have gotten a lot of nice stuff so far.
We have added more merchandise that can be ordered and shipped or picked up at the conference
We just want to take a moment to thank everyone for their support, you all are the best group of people we ever!!!
We only have 5 tickets left to the special event with Trapper!!
THE GOLD TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT!!!!!!
We have several items ready for the auction. Several things have been donated! You are not going to want to miss any of this conference!! New items have been added to the Merchandise page also.
We are almost sold out of the special event with Trapper and the gold Tickets! If you purchased Trapper tickets and plan on attending the Saturday part of the conference, you will need to purchase a separate ticket to get in.
We have added a 5th speaker to the line-up!!! Frank J Bennett...Check out the speaker page to learn more about him. We now have 5 amazing speakers lined up for the 2nd Annual Bigfoot Conference!!
We have added a few new sponsors to our sponsor page! Thank you all for your support!
Here are the Sponsors as of Now:
Coupons.com, Karl Koons, Bouncy Time Entertainment, Sasquatch watch of Virginia, In Search of the Unknown
***To purchase tickets go to the top, click tickets, scroll down and you will see the button that says add to cart, use the drop down menu to pick the item you want and it will take you to the cart to purchase the item, if you want more than one item, you will have to click continue shopping or if you want several of the same item, you will have to change the quantity amount then proceed to check out...if you are still unsure on how to buy tickets, please contact us at email@example.com
**Merchandise, tickets and lodging information has been updated! Get your tickets now! Posters will be added soon.
**Tickets are now available to purchase..We only have 20 Gold, 30 Silver and 80 General available...and 30 For the special event.
**The final speaker has been announced. You will have to navigate through these pages to figure out who he is :-)
**Doug Waller...David Floyd...fRANK bENNETT and ???? We have a Great line up of speakers for this year! You will not want to miss this conference!
**Thursday February 2, 2017: Two more speakers have been added to the speaker list. I will add the final speaker tonight after the game of guess the speaker!!! The special event will also be added tonight!! Stay tuned and visit this page often!
**Wednesday February 1, 2017: All four speakers have been booked!
**Sunday January 22, 2017: A speaker has been added, we also added the lunch menu and the sponsor levels
**Sunday January 15, 2017: ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!! The bigfoot conference site has been booked!!
Half of the profits will be donated to St. Judes Childrens Hospital :-)
so help us make this a year to remember! Let our generosity shine through like the smiles on the sweet childrens faces!
((((we are not AFFILIATED with St. Judes in any way!
We are doing this donation because we love kids
and want to help out as much as we can!))))
We are proud to announce that the 2nd Annual Virginia Bigfoot Conference will be held at the beautiful WALDO-MILES RETREAT in BRISTOL, Virginia! We are also proud to announce the official dates for the Virginia Bigfoot Conference are Friday October 6 and Saturday October 7, 2017. As time progresses, we will update you on more details, lodging information, speakers and many more features of the conference. Please spread the word by sharing our Facebook page and our website! We are hoping this will be even more exciting than it was last year!
all pictures are courtesy of the internet
Top 5 Bigfoot Theories: What is Bigfoot Really? Updated on April 12, 2015
Article by: Eric Dockett
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First-hand Bigfoot sightings have led to many theories about the creature. | Source Is Bigfoot Real? Does Bigfoot really exist? It seems a lot of people think so, and many have their own theories on what he is and where he comes from. Hard-working Bigfoot research organizations are trekking through the woods of North America and the rest of the world as you read this, trying to get to the bottom of the mystery. As of yet the big guy hasn’t given up his secrets.
Since no Bigfoot has been willing to come forward, and nobody has ever captured one, how do we really know anything at all about this monstrous man-ape? Sure there’s evidence: photographs and videos, plaster footprint casts, and a few hair samples, but nothing definitive. Most of our knowledge comes from first-hand reports.
Fortunately, people run into Bigfoot all the time, though it seems people without cameras, and those with cameras that can’t focus very well, are more likely to encounter the beast. From these accounts and legends we’ve pieced together the picture of a large, hairy, bipedal humanoid we call Bigfoot.
But shouldn’t an 8-foot monster supposedly lurking in every corner of the continent be easier to track down? Even though sightings allegedly occur all the time, we have no way to prove the creature really exists. Eventually we have to ask ourselves if we’re missing something here. Could there be more to this mythical creature than we realize?
This article examines several Bigfoot theories, and attempts to answer the question: What is Bigfoot?
Theory #1: Bigfoot is a Rare North-American PrimateMany experts believe Sasquatch is a species of undocumented ape.
North American Ape TheoryThe most prevalent theory is that Bigfoot is a highly-evolved great ape of some sort, a species some researchers have referred to theoretically as the North American Ape. This certainly fits with the description of Sasquatch through the years. But where would such an ape have come from?
Bigfoot-Giganto Theory is an interesting concept that says Bigfoot may trace his family tree back to a giant, 10-foot-tall ape species known as Gigantopithecus Blacki. This massive creature went extinct around 100,000 years ago, but some researchers speculate that Giganto may have evolved into what we call the Yeti in Asia.
Yeti ancestors may have then followed ancient humans across the Bering Land Bridge to North America during the time of the last ice age. This accounts for two similar creatures—Sasquatch and the Yeti—existing so far apart. And, it gives us an explanation for our Bigfoot.
As nice and neat as this theory seems, there are many problems with it from a paleontology perspective. But even if Bigfoot didn’t evolve as a result of the Giganto connection, by most modern accounts he does seem to be some kind of ape.
There’s no fossil record of apes in North America, but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything. Fossils don’t preserve well in forests, and there are many scavengers to clean up any carcasses.
However, it is hard to explain how such a large creature could leave so few clues that it even exists. In the end, this theory still presents us with a flesh-and-blood creature that biologists ought to be able to track down.
Accounts of Bigfoot Sightings are Numerous, Even in the East. Theory #2: Bigfoot is Closely Related to HumansIs the Sasquatch just another species of human that has chosen to avoid us?
Is Bigfoot Human?What if Bigfoot isn’t an ape at all? What if he’s more like us? Many Bigfoot witnesses say the creature is very human-like, and in some Native and even early European-American cultures Sasquatch is referred to as a man, not an animal. This does make some sense on a few different levels.
Many people don’t realize that there have been several species of human on this planet, not just we Homo sapiens. Like any other animal, our family tree has twists and turns and dead ends. Some human species merged and evolved into what we are today, and some died off. Do any of them fit the description of Bigfoot? Well, sort of.
Could a remnant species of primitive human such as H. Heidelbergensis explain the origin of Bigfoot? | SourceHomo Heidelbergensis is an extinct human ancestor that lived half a million years ago. Researchers originally believed they were a very robust species, standing seven feet tall with very heavy musculature.
We now know that most of them weren’t much different in average height than modern humans, but some specific populations may indeed have been giants. What are the odds that a remote population of very large H. Heidelbergensis survived and migrated to North America?
This would explain a few things, such the extremely high level of intelligence Bigfoot is said to possess for one. It would also explain how Sasquatch could survive in harsh climates by hunting. If H. Heidelbergensis learned to fear H. Sapiens it would make sense that it would try to hide from us at all costs. H. Heidelbergensis is also believed to have buried their dead, which may account for the lack of physical evidence.
But like a few of the most popular Bigfoot theories, this one still leaves us with problems. Even H. Heidelbergensis used stone tools, and a social human species living in groups would almost certainly leave other evidence behind.
This early human was likely far more advanced than Bigfoot appears to be, and the chance that it would have culturally “forgotten” its ways is illogical and unlikely. In the end, if Bigfoot is a type of human, we should still find more evidence than we do.
Theory #3: Sasquatch is an Ancient Earth SpiritDoes the spiritual realm explain Bigfoot better than the physical world?
Is Sasquatch a Forest Spirit?What if this creature doesn’t exist in the natural world at all?
Is it just luck and happenstance that the only people who ever see Bigfoot are totally unprepared to document the encounter? It’s an odd paradox that a creature so secretive that it has not even been properly documented by science seems to readily reveal itself to moving cars, hunters wearing orange camouflage and teenagers wandering along dirt roads. Of course, even in this age where everyone is carrying a smart phone with a camera attached nobody who claims to spot Bigfoot ever snaps a picture.
Sure they’re startled and shaken up by the encounter, but during tsunamis, earthquakes, street riots and every other terrifying event people will record video and take pictures. However, some witnesses will claim to observe a Sasquatch for thirty seconds and it never occurs to them to take a photo. Why?
Is it possible that Bigfoot is a forest spirit, a supernatural guardian of the Earth and the woodlands? Might this be why witnesses report being mesmerized by encounters, and might this be why so few have the wherewithal to go for their cell-phone camera?
Indeed, in some parts of North America, Native Americans regard Bigfoot as a supernatural being, and often a messenger of the natural world. This is similar to the way the indigenous peoples of Nepal and Tibet view the Yeti: as a spiritual entity.
Perhaps Europeans, and modern researchers, have missed the mark, so to speak, when it comes to understanding the true nature of Sasquatch. Maybe there is so little evidence because there is simply none to find.
Theory #4: Bigfoot is Not From this WorldSome believe alien visitors have deposited Sasquatch on our planet for reasons known only to them.
Bigfoot Alien TheorySome people believe Bigfoot may be an alien species, dropped off here by visitors from another world for reasons known only to them. As odd as this sounds, there does seem to be a correlation between increases in Bigfoot sighting and increases in UFO activity. But what point could there be to this strange relationship between aliens and Bigfoot?
Maybe these Sasquatch creatures are a type of experiment. Aliens would leave them on our planet for a while, and then collect them again after a period of time. Since they are apparently so similar to us, the alien visitors may be able to see all kinds of results that exposure to our Earthly environment has had on them. Maybe this is a kinder, gentler way for aliens to get information about the human race, rather than all that inconvenient abducting and probing.
Perhaps Bigfoot is a hybrid of some sort, a cross between humans and some kind of creature that exists on the alien home world. Or, maybe an alien race is somehow attempting to reverse engineer human DNA, and this Bigfoot creature is closest thing they’ve come up with so far.
The Bigfoot alien theory is certainly is among the most bizarre of the Bigfoot theories. We could speculate forever, but alien involvement definitely could explain why no specimen has ever been captured, why no carcasses have been found, and why Bigfoot seems to be here one instant and gone the next.
Theory #5: Bigfoot is a MythSkeptics say the Bigfoot Myth is an important part of Native American religion that has carried on into the mainstream world.
Is Bigfoot a Myth?So far each of these Bigfoot theories is more bizarre than the one that came before, but here’s one even the most devout skeptic can get their brain around. What if Bigfoot only exists in our minds, as a sort of ancestral memory passed down over thousands and thousands of years? Of course this explains why nobody has found any evidence, but it does not account for why the legend is so ingrained in the cultures of North American, both ancient and present day.
One way to explain this is by looking at ancient people’s way of remembering history through storytelling. Many Native American tribes, and we presume the primitive tribes who crossed the Bering Strait, kept history based on oral tradition. They had no written language, only the stories passed on from generation to generation. If early human ancestors shared the forests of Asia with a creature such as the aforementioned Gigantopithecus, these stories and accounts may have survived to recent times, passed on by the indigenous tribes of the Americas.
These Native American Bigfoot legends would have been passed down to early European explorers, who no doubt were mystified by the prospect of such a fantastic creature living in the New World. Naturally, Europeans would have built upon the myth themselves, and perpetuated it to present day.
This satisfies skeptics and explains why there is little physical evidence, but it does not account for all the reported sightings. If Bigfoot isn’t real, why are so many people spotting him?
The Sasquatch Legend Lives OnWherever you stand with the Bigfoot mystery, you have to admit it’s an interesting puzzle. There must be something to the Sasquatch phenomenon, but getting all the pieces to fit together seems impossible at this time.
Is Bigfoot some sort of undiscovered ape, possibly a relative of the Yeti descended from an ancient species called Gigantopithecus? It makes a lot of sense, even though there is no way to prove it in the fossil record, at least at this time.
Could Sasquatch be a species of primitive human, perhaps a remnant population of Homo Heidelbergensis that migrated to North America during the last ice age? If not H. Heidelbergensis, then perhaps some other species of human, far more like us than we’d like to think.
Might Bigfoot be an alien, or a spirit, or maybe just a figment of our collective imagination? As wild as these theories sound, they do account for the missing evidence, and the elusive nature of the beast.
Nobody knows, but until there is more definitive physical evidence anything is possible. But rest assured that tireless Bigfoot researchers are out there looking for the truth, and getting to the bottom of these Bigfoot theories.