“I want to promote Bigfoot awareness,” De Werth says.
“I want to teach people there’s more out there than just trees.” The annual Ohio Bigfoot Conference – or OBC for short – was first held in 1989.
Still, he happily obliges the attendees who want a picture with him, a testament to his achievements in the field. “People in the Bigfoot community love to give a helping hand, and kids are growing up with Bigfoot and the conference.” A half hour after the conference opens, De Werth is at a table selling vintage Bigfoot books. He asks the proprietor for a magic marker and quickly writes up some signs directing the lines forming in the crowded vendor area.
De Werth attributes this year’s particularly manic crowd to the current profusion of TV shows about the creature.
“They’re divided into themes,” Schneider says of his lists.Stretching to its full height of over eight feet tall, it had broad shoulders and obvious muscles. De Werth reached for his camera, but the movement prompted the creature to turn and run.Whatever was behind De Werth sprang into action as well, snapping branches and rustling bushes only a few feet away from him.Lee, who has long hair and a goatee, often goes hiking in Chestnut Ridge, Pennsylvania, where there have been reported sightings of both Bigfoot and UFOs.The sudden appearance of military personnel deep in the woods opened Lee’s mind to the possibility that the two are related.