A Silverton-based “Hunt for Bigfoot,” which had been scheduled for July 10-14, has been canceled after skeptical town officials raised doubts about whether it (the event, not Bigfoot) was actually real.
But the cancellation of the hunt also raised the question of whether Bigfoot may have already been found, thereby making the hunt unnecessary. We report. You decide.
Town Administrator Jason Wells objected to the hunt’s promoter stating that the event would be based at the town-owned Kendall Mountain Recreation Area, noting that neither Bigfoot nor the hunt’s organizers had actually booked the facility.
“That’s the mistake we made,” said organizer Rick Lewis, owner of the Bigfoot Central gift shop and the Legend of Bigfoot Museum on Blair Street.
The proposed hunt offered a $1 million prize for a “verifiable photograph” of a Sasquatch. A Web site promoting the hunt mentioned a $250 entry fee. Lewis explained that the Web site was set up for prospective sponsors, and it was not intended to imply that all those sponsors listed had actually gotten on board for the Bigfoot hunt.
The Web site now states that the event has been canceled and that “no monies were collected and the concept of a hunt for Bigfoot was not a scam, merely an effort to gather a large group of people with similar interests for four days of fun.”
Lewis said he still suspects the big-footed one is lurking out there and he hasn’t given up the hunt.
“We’ll try it again next summer,” he said. “We’re looking forward to working with the town and bringing an event to Silverton next year.”
Wells, meanwhile, says Silverton is “Bigfoot friendly” and welcomes those who would like to visit here to photograph the elusive creature.
“As long as it’s legitimate and people know what they’re buying, we’d love to host it,” Wells said.
He described the town’s official position as being “conditionally Bigfoot supportive.”
“We wouldn’t turn down a ‘Star Trek’ convention either, just because I don’t believe in Vulcans,” Wells said.