Is ev­ery­one con­vinced of Big­foot’s ex­is­tence? Not yeti

Big­foot and Brews event drew be­liev­ers and skep­tics.


JENK­INS TWP. — Big­foot be­liev­ers and skep­tics rubbed el­bows and beer mugs on Sun­day.

A large crowd turned out for Big­foot and Brews, an event fea­tur­ing Blooms­burg-based Penn­syl­va­nia Big­foot In­ves­ti­ga­tions, at Susque­hanna Brew­ing Co.

As the line for beer grew long and the seats filled, some said they were there to learn more about the huge shaggy crea­ture they be­lieve ex­ists in woods and hills, in­clud­ing North­east Penn­syl­va­nia. Some scoffed, say­ing they turned out for fun and to laugh at those who be­lieve in a myth­i­cal crea­ture kept alive in the pub­lic imag­i­na­tion through cheesy mag­a­zine ar­ti­cles and cable tele­vi­sion pro­grams.

A few pro­fessed to keep an open mind.

A group of friends who trav­eled from Lack­awanna County in­cluded one of each.

Kurt Burns, of Green­field Twp., be­lieves.

“Def­i­nitely,” Burns said, not­ing he has avidly stud­ied Big­foot and re­ported sight­ings of the crea­ture as de­scribed on tele­vi­sion shows, in books and on­line.

His friend Sal Mar­tarano, of Throop, was not con­vinced.

“I def­i­nitely think it’s a bunch of non­sense,” he said.

Their mu­tual friend, David Urso of Throop, said he tries to re­main ob­jec­tive and lis­ten to both sides.

“It’ s tough to say what you should be­lieve” based on the con­flict­ing re­ports and re­search, Urso said.

A few min­utes later, the mat­ter seemed to be set­tled as Big­footh­im­self wan­dered­in­tothe gath­er­ing.

That dra­matic en­trance came near the start of a pre­sen­ta­tion from Ja­son Tal­madge of Penn­syl­va­nia Big­foot In­ves­ti­ga­tions.

He de­scribed ex­ten­sive searches he and his col­leagues con­ducted for Big­foot while hik­ing and camp­ing in the Sus­con area. on more than one of those trips, they heard or sensed a pres­ence that might have been Big­foot — or the lo­cally fa­mous “Sus­con screamer,” he said.

Tal­madge said he and his group have con­ducted more than 80 in­ves­ti­ga­tions in North­east Penn­syl­va­nia, look­ing for Big­foot.

The crea­tures could roam around much of Penn­syl­va­nia, he said, not­ing that “in much of the state you can drive five or 10 min­utes and be in a heav­ily wooded area.” Con­tact the writer: [email protected]­i­; 570-821-2117


Chris, Tracey and Julie Zaleski and Jodi and Bryan Smith have their photo taken with Big­foot dur­ing Big­foot and Brews at Susque­hanna Brew­ing Co. on Sun­day.

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