JEFFERSON — Jefferson, the official Bigfoot Capital of Texas — thanks to a proclamation from the city’s mayor — once again is gearing up for the annual Texas Bigfoot Conference on Friday and Saturday at the Jefferson Visitor’s Center.
Conference founder Craig Woolheater said this year’s conference comes just one day after the 87th birthday of filmmaker Bob Gimlin, who on Oct. 20, 1967, captured the most famous shot of Bigfoot ever on film with friend Roger Patterson in Bluff Creek, California.
Woolheater said Gimlin is a guest of honor at this year’s conference, and a catered dinner with him is set Friday night.
“The House of Seasons is sponsoring his trip here for the conference,” Woolheater said of Gimlin.
Tickets are on sale for the Friday dinner that will be catered by the Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast.
Guest speakers and presenters will fill the day Saturday, including author, actor and cryptozoologist Lyle Blackburn from the movie “The Boggy Creek Monster.”
Saturday night will feature another dinner for guests, which again will be catered by the Claiborne House.
Saturday night’s dinner also will feature a special screening of the first episode of Blackburn’s television show “American Monster Tour.”
Woolheater’s annual Bigfoot conference draws in hundreds of curious Bigfoot believers each year, but he also has set up a college scholarship fund benefiting two Jefferson High School graduating seniors each year from proceeds of the conference.
For information about the event, visit the event’s Facebook page at tinyurl.com/bigfootconference. Online ticket sales ended Saturday.
The Jefferson Visitor’s Center is at 305 E. Austin St. in downtown Jefferson.