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HOT SPRINGS — The first annual Big Sky Bigfoot Conference will be held Saturday, Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Symes Hotel in Hot Springs, with a meet and greet reception Friday night, Oct. 23, at 5 p.m.

This conference brings speakers from Kentucky, Idaho, and Montana to discuss current research, the latest theories, and recent discoveries regarding Bigfoot. 

Authors will conduct book readings, a free open discussion group will explore local sightings, and participants can visit vendors and exhibits, win fun prizes, and compete in a Bigfoot look-alike contest.

Speaker Becky Cook, author of “Bigfoot Lives in Idaho,” was born in Pocatello, Idaho and was raised on a farm on the Shoshone Bannock Indian reservation the first part of her life. She started hearing stories about Bigfoot when she was quite young when her father, a Pocatello policeman, would bring the stories home from work. “Bigfoot Lives in Idaho” is her compilation of Bigfoot sighting reports that she has collected over the years. 

Another speaker, Brian Sullivan, is the founder of the Missoula-based Montana Bigfoot Project. With 40 years of research experience, Brian brings a unique and seasoned perspective. He spends as much time as possible doing field investigations right here in western Montana. 

Speaker Michael Cook, founder of the Kentucky Sasquatch Team in 2011, has been investigating Bigfoot since he experienced a sighting as a teenager. A practiced tracker and outdoorsman, Michael has chronicled more than 300 sighting reports as the group’s lead investigator, and he has been featured on the History Channel’s “MonsterQuest” and NatGeo’s “Bigfoot: The New Evidence.”

Speaker Russell Victor Acord, author of “Footprints of a Legend” has long been fascinated by tales of Bigfoot. He spent his childhood in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley, where the landscape of the wild and rugged Bitterroot Mountains forms the backdrop of his novel. Acord will give a reading at the Conference. 

The price for the conference is $20 for adults and $10 for kids. 

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