Posted by: Steven Streufert on September 13th, 2011
Every year over the Labor Day weekend the Bigfoot Capital of the World, Willow Creek, California, celebrates the town’s community and the icon that has made a name for it during Bigfoot Days.
This year is the fifty-first anniversary of the event, which began just after the name, “Bigfoot,” hit the world’s papers in 1958. It broke into the public eye with the publication of photos of one Jerry Crew holding up large footprint casts found while on his forest road-building job up in nearby Bluff Creek. The rest is history. Bigfoot became a household name, and Bluff Creek it’s Mecca, with Willow Creek as the “Gateway” to Bigfoot Country.
This year the thematic name of event is: “RIVER FUN IN THE MOUNTAIN SUN WITH BIGFOOT’S FIFTY-ONE.” A good time was had by all, even with the nearly 100 degree heat up here in the inland coast range mountains of Northern California.
Go to Bigfoot’s bLog for a full pictorial representation of the event’s parade and festival down in the park, with special attention given to all of the “Bigfooty” aspects of the goings-on. You’ll also find such additional goodies there as photos of the old phone booth that once stood out front of Al Hodgson’s Variety Store, the site where Roger Patterson called Al to announce that he had just filmed a Bigfoot up in Bluff Creek, October 20th, 1967.
READ MORE, and see more than fifty images from the event, at BIGFOOT’S BLOG.