MAYVILLE - The second annual Chautauqua Lake Bigfoot Weekend & Expo will take place April 26-28 at the Chautauqua Suites in Mayville.
On Friday, April 26, there will be a town hall style meeting at YMCA Camp Onyahsa in Dewittville from 5-9 p.m. From 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 27, there will be a Chautauqua Lake Bigfoot School at Camp Onyahsa with classes on how to make footprint casts, how to interview eyewitnesses, how to collect evidence and a class on equipment from the bare necessities to more complex tools and equipment. There is a fee for both sessions.
"We are very excited to be expanding our event and giving people more opportunities to talk and learn about Bigfoots," said Peter Wiemer, expo organizer. "The YMCA Camp Onyahsa is allowing us to host two of our three weekend events on their property right on Chautauqua Lake. It is a beautiful and ideal location for the town hall meeting, the Chautauqua Lake Bigfoot School and an iKidsFishing class."
The expo will then conclude Sunday, April 28, at the Chautauqua Inn and Suites in Mayville featuring researchers including Larry Battson, Billy Willard, Steve Kulls and Melissa Hovey. Special Bigfoot speakers coming in from the West Coast and Washington state are Bob Gimlin from the famous Patterson - Gimlin Bigfoot film and Tom Yamarone. The Patterson - Gimlin film is a short motion picture filmed in 1967 in Orleans, Calif., where the two men allegedly encountered a Bigfoot and captured it on film. Yamarone is a Bigfoot researcher and Bigfoot singer from the San Francisco, Calif., area who will also be speaking and singing at the expo.
Tickets for all of the events are now on sale at www.chautauqualakebigfoot.com. The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children 15 and under per day for Friday and Saturday. Sunday's Expo is $20 for adults and $10 for children 15 and under. There is a maximum of 200 tickets per Friday and Saturday and 800 tickets for Sunday.
Larry Battson will have his Wildlife Educational Services animal show at the expo. Wildlife Educational Services does school assemblies in Battson's hometown, teaching kids about wildlife as well as working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The iKidsFishing Show joined Battson at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Kids Fishing Day in Washington, D.C., in 2012 in giving away 400 DVDs to the children who attended. Battson's show is available the days prior to the Bigfoot Weekend for any area schools wishing to see it. For more information, call Battson at 765-739-6719.
In addition to the speakers, there will also be vendors and merchandise to purchase such as posters, T-shirts, buttons, post cards, paintings and carvings. Thomas Finley, a Bigfoot enthusiast from Great Britain, has designed a Commemorative Chautauqua Lake Bigfoot postcard that will be raffled off during the expo.