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]izensvoice.com; 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.