DAHLONEGA — If you’re into the search for sasquatch, Dahlonega is the place to be this weekend.
The inaugural Midnight Walkers Southeastern Bigfoot Conference kicked off the first of two days of guest speakers and presentations about bigfoot Saturday at R Ranch in Dahlonega.
The event concludes today with more guest speakers and a roundtable discussion with the speakers.
Some of the presentations from the first day included audio and speech, a crypto-linguistic analysis of the bigfoot language and personal testimonials of those who had claimed to encounter bigfoot.
Organizer and host of the MWSBC, Alex Evans, who’s been a researcher of bigfoot for eight years and host his own radio show, said he wanted to correct the misinformation of bigfoot that’s out in the “marketplace”.
“Finding Bigfoot gives you an entertainment value out there, and they’re great,” Evans said. “That’s wonderful for kids, but they’re not monsters, and that bothers me. I know they’re people because I’ve recorded their speech, and I know what they’re like. All the other aspects are ignored simply because it’s on the fringe, and that’s really what pushed me to do the conference. I got tired of that.”
He said he began to organize the event in late October, and he wanted the speakers to be credible people who don’t discount evidence but look at everything presented, and dissect the evidence well.
Evans also said the main reason he got into the bigfoot research was because of a sighting his daughter claimed to have had.
Mark Mazzoni, a resident of Dahlonega, attended Saturday’s session, and said he’d always had an interest in the phenomenon.
“I was curious to see what the speakers had to say. I’ve been enjoying it,” said Mazzoni, who said he has not had a personal encounter with such a creature. “I’m interested in some of the new scientific DNA research. It’s been good so far.”
Evans said some of the people in attendance at the conference came from the Northeast and as far away as Washington, Oregon and California.
“I’m very appreciative to them,” he said.
Today, the second day of the conference begins at 9 a.m. The cost is $25 for adults, $15 for ages 12 and under.
Speakers include Ron Morehead, R. Scott Nelson, Chris Noel, Jim Vieira, Leigh Culver and Alex Midnight Walker.
For more information on the conference and the speakers, visit mwsbc.com.
The R Ranch is located at 75 R Ranch Road on Ga. 9/U.S. 19 north of Dahlonega.