The International Bigfoot Conference: Why You Need to Go

The first ever International Bigfoot Conference takes place September 2-4 in Kennewick Washington! Head up to the Pacific Northwest and kick back with an amazing lineup of speakers, vendors, entertainment & activities. Enjoy meet and greets, plaster casting workshops, book signings, special film showings, and presentations on Sasquatch research, analysis, anatomy, and anthropology. Tickets for the event can be purchased right here.

International Bigfoot Conference at the Three Rivers Convention Center

Three Rivers Convention Center, Kennewick WA. Site of the International Bigfoot Conference

Who’s putting on the International Bigfoot Conference?

Author/researcher duo Russell Acord & Ed Brown began brainstorming a Bigfoot-centered conference in October 2015. The team quickly realized that there was a huge opening for this kind of event, especially in the Pacific Northwest- Sasquatch’s original backyard. They set out to book a list of the field’s most respected analysts and legitimate researchers. Mixing these popular names with successful independent researchers, Russell and Ed knew they had something special, something with a purpose. “We had to create a conference with a purpose, and that purpose was to provide an opportunity for up and coming researchers to share the stage with some of the biggest names in the world of Bigfoot research.”

Who’s going to be there?

The International Bigfoot Conference will feature an impressive “who’s who” of Bigfoot names. Every one of these speakers is truly exceptional:

Dr. Jeff Meldrum: Professor of Anatomy and Anthropology and Professor of the Department of Anthroplogy at Idaho State University, Dr. Meldrum is the most renowned authority of Bigfoot footprints. In the past decade especially, Dr. Meldrum has pushed legitimate scientific evaluation of these cryptids to new levels.

John Bindernagel, PhD: John is a Canadian professional wildlife biologist and author who has studied and gathered evidence for Sasquatch since 1963. He earned a PhD in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1970. John taught biology and wildlife courses across the globe, including Africa, Asia, and Central America. Throughout his career John has led a level-headed analysis of the wildlife ‘footprint’ of these cryptids, suggesting on his website’s author page that “tracks constitute a more reliable and persistent record of the presence of a mammal species in an area than a fleeting glimpse of the animal itself.”

Loren Coleman: Known across the globe as THE cryptozoologist, Loren has penned dozens of books and hundreds of papers about cryptids. He completed doctoral-level studies of anthropology at Brandeis University and sociology at the University of New Hampshire. Loren taught at New England Universities over the course of 24 years. A true icon for the field of cryptozoology, Loren is also the curator of the fledgling International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland MA.

Derek Randles: A 29 year veteran of scientifically sound Sasquatch research, Derek is co-founder of the world renowned, Washington-based Olympic Project. The association performs comprehensive habitat study and empirical evidence analysis for these elusive Sasquatch creatures. Derek encountered a Sasquatch in 1985, spurring over two decades of passionate, yet practical research.

Ron Morehead: Renowned author and researcher, Ron is most well known for collecting arguably the most compelling audio evidence of Sasquatch: the Sierra Sounds. He wrote ‘Voices in the Wilderness’ about his experiences with Sasquatch and compiled personally recorded audio for a series of records called ‘The Bigfoot Recordings.’ A cornerstone of the Bigfoot world, Ron provides unique insight from his research and encounters for conferences and special events across the globe.

The event will also feature very special guests Cliff Barackman, of Finding Bigfoot fame, and the man himself: Bob Gimlin!

international bigfoot conference participants

(Left to Right) Jeff Meldrum, John Bindernagel, Loren Coleman, Derek Randles, Ron Morehead

View the full schedule of International Bigfoot Conference events, speakers and presenters at their official website.

Additional deets

  • $45 per adult for total access to the three day event (amazing price if you ask me; honestly just LOOK at that rundown of speakers)
  • $25 for children 12 and under
  • Vendor space available
  • Hotel information HERE
  • Door prizes up for grabs, including win-a-four-wheeler!
  • Begins Friday 9/2 at 2pm
  • Location:

Three Rivers Convention Center
7016 W Grandridge Blvd, Kennewick, WA 99336

For more information, visit the International Bigfoot Conference main page or the event’s Facebook page. Cheers!!

— AJ

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