The rainy season is upon us and you may already be missing the fun events summer offers. Never fear. The annual 2017 Sasquatch Summit is sure to chase away your blues with a little bit of myth, legend and even a bit of mayhem. Happening November 17-19 at Quinault Beach Resort and Casino in Ocean Shores, the Sasquatch Summit is an annual pilgrimage for Bigfoot believers and a fun diversion for those seeking something different.
Research shows that learning something new can combat Seasonal Affective Disorder, a lethargic wintertime depression effecting almost 10% of Americans. Some doctors believe that “the onset of low energy levels as temperatures dip and mornings darken might be a vestige of a more primitive past.” Combat this seasonal dip with a host of knowledge and information at this year’s event featuring the best and brightest in the field of sasquatch research, tracking and more. From witness townhall meetings to casual meet-and-greets, everyone from the curious to the experienced is welcome.
“Events like the Sasquatch Summit are important because they provide a venue for Bigfoot researchers and enthusiasts to discuss the subject in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Researchers are given a unique platform where they’re able to share findings and ideas on the Bigfoot phenomena. It’s truly an extraordinary experience,” says Shane Corson of the Olympic Project.
You can find out more about the Summit on the official Facebook page where event specifics, photos and reviews offer Bigfoot news from across the nation. There you’ll see news reports, videos and more about the hunt for the elusive beast called the Skunk Ape, Wendigo, Grassman, Yeti or Yeren. No matter what you call him, our primitive wild cousin is as fascinating as he is mysterious.
Festival organizer Johnny Manson estimates that attendance has doubled since 2013. In 2016 alone, it was “over 600—we ran out of chairs,” he says. Returning this year will be fan-favorite small group workshops, a popular Sunday option. These are capped at 15 attendees per session and allow for several hours of themed study. “Every returning presenter shares new research,” explains Manson.
Local specialist and Olympic Project founder Derek Randles will present, as will Mike Paterson of Sasquatch Ontario and Dr. Jeffrey Meldrum from Idaho State University. Through one-on-one or round-table discussions, topics ranging from habitat, photos, footprint casts, tracking and hoaxes will be studied. There will also be time for photos and autograph sessions with researchers and personalities.
“Some folks have said it’s the biggest such event in the world,” says Manson. “Some say it’s the biggest in the West. All have said it is the best they’ve attended. I just hope folks and speakers are glad they participated, learned something, got to share their experience and want to come back next year.”
The weekend opens with vendors and a meet-and-greet in the Quinault Beach Great Hall at 6:00 p.m. There will be a lecture on audio analysis that evening and witness townhall until 10:00 p.m. Saturday begins with a tribal blessing at 8:45 a.m. kicking off a day full of study, Q&A sessions and more. Sunday offers rotating research workshops that wrap up the Summit at noon.
Speakers include Thomas Sewid, a Native American commercial fisherman and lifelong researcher, and Scott Taylor, an investigator for the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization. Cindy Dosen addresses hair analysis while David Ellis specializes in audio analyzation.
Book early to include Sunday’s workshops, which are led by three speakers in hour-long intervals and limited to 15 guests, as they often sell out in advance. Sessions rotate so enrollees can participate all morning long without missing a thing.
You can get pre-sale tickets now through November 17 for $35 for the weekend and include a commemorative keychain and field guide. At the door, admission is $40 for all three days.
Turn your stay into a staycation at the Resort’s hotel, on-site RV Park or nearby Quinault Sweet Grass Hotel. Book online or by calling 888-461-2214 using room code SASQ for a Summit discount while select accommodations last. An easy 90 minutes from Olympia, it’s the perfect escape no matter the weather.