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Bigfoot: Reality or Folklore

Does a furry creature known as Bigfoot lurk deep in the Kiamichi Mountains of southeast Oklahoma?
Bigfoot: Reality or Folklore

Bigfoot: Reality or Folklore

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Honobia Oklahoma Bigfoot Conference

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Show 1443: Bigfoot: Reality or Folklore
Air Date: October 26, 2014



Rob McClendon: Well, there are many a story about what lurks in the woods of southeastern Oklahoma, but probably none better than the one our Courtney Maye has.

Courtney Maye: Honobia’s a small community of just eight families. But for one weekend every fall, it becomes Bigfoot central.

Courtney: Deep in the Kiamichi Mountains in southeast Oklahoma, the legend of a furry creature better known as Bigfoot is celebrated each year in the small town of Honobia, where some say Bigfoot is legend, and others believe it’s real.

Farlan Huff: I decided to see if there were bigfoot in Oklahoma. And I went to an area where I thought maybe they would be here. And I stayed in a hunting cabin, and I did get visited that night. I heard the deep mumbling voices, I heard their footfalls. There was a stick dragging in the gravel, and I thought, “Well, what are their plans with that?”

Courtney: Farlan Huff says this encounter is one of three he believes he has had. And world renowned Bigfoot researcher Jeff Meldrum, who spoke at the festival, says southeast Oklahoma has the right qualities for this species to survive, if in fact, it does exist.

Jeff Meldrum: This area has those, those characteristics of, of climate and habitat that would provide an opportunity for a primate like this to make a living.

Courtney: Yet whether or not this creature does exist, the annual Honobia Bigfoot Festival does – bringing in crowds of a thousand people to the small community and generating a lot of money. Event coordinator Tom Hefner.

Tom Hefner: This event is very, very important to the community itself. It brings a lot of people which spend money here, which we really need. We have actually have people coming to our festival from all over the United States.

Courtney: From across the country, yet enjoying the same Bigfoot fun – and local bands for the grownups – all fitting for royalty present.

Miss Bigfoot 1984: It is an honor to be a Miss Bigfoot.

Miss Bigfoot 1950: And we represent the people.

Miss Bigfoot 1984: Yes, we represent the people, and we uphold the sash and the rules of wearing the sash.

Miss Bigfoot 1950: And we still run the 5K, not quite as fast as we used to.

Miss Bigfoot 1984: I came in fourth, though – today.

Miss Bigfoot 1950: I didn’t even place, but ... [laugh].

Courtney: Yet what is a Bigfoot Festival without Bigfoot himself? Head of security Artie Carnes says there is no way the security team will let him get past them.

Artie Carnes: Our job – security – is to make sure Bigfoot does not come here and interrupt. And so far nobody has seen him. We are doing a good job.

Kids: We found Bigfoot.

Security Guard: No Bigfoot’s come on the property – we did our job.

Bigfoot: I’ve had a blast at the festival today. I’ve, I’ve posed for numerous pictures with the kids and the family. And I’ve just walked up and down and showed off my Bigfoot strut.

All right.

Courtney: And festival speaker Ron Morehead says southeast Oklahoma has plenty of Bigfoot witnesses.

Ron Morehead: There’s a lot of bigfoots reported here. A lot of creature sightings – a lot of interaction going on.

Kid: I got to see a bigfoot.

Courtney: And now count the people here today to that long list of witnesses because Bigfoot says they deserve it.

Bigfoot: Well, I’ve been hiding in the middle of the forest obviously, and I wanted to come out today because of all these Bigfoot enthusiasts. They deserve to see a part of Bigfoot today.

Courtney: Yet at the Bigfoot Festival, whether someone is a believer, a witness or just here to have fun, Hefner says the goal of the festival is the same – to raise money for local scholarships.

Hefner: We are trying to raise money to help students in the local area. That’s our main thrust of this, and we’re trying to have a good time here at the festival and conference while we’re doing that.

I haven’t found him in the woods yet, but one day I’m going to. [Laugh.]

Rob: Well, certainly looks like a lot of fun.

Courtney: Oh, it was! And the people there are just great.

Rob: So did you spot him?

Courtney: I didn’t, and I only met a couple of people who say that they have. But whether real or not, the economic development surrounding the Bigfoot Festival certainly is.

Rob: Yes it is. Thank you so much, Courtney.

Courtney: You’re welcome, Rob.