Creature conference enjoyed record attendance

Here is an illustration of a few of the strange creatures that were discussed at the most recent Bigfoot Conference, which was held in Menominee in June. The Dog Man, Mothman, Thunderbird and Bigfoot creatures are depicted.(Illustration by Mike McKinney)

By Ann Dallman
The Mothman, Bigfoot, Thunderbirds and water monsters all landed at the Pullman House in Menominee in early June. Truthfully, stories of these encounters “landed” as tales of these often frightening encounters were shared by noted authors and experts of the paranormal. Menominee might seem an unlikely location for a gathering of Bigfoot and paranormal enthusiasts, but a record crowd of more than 300 turned out for the third Annual Marinette/ Menominee Bigfoot Convention as part of The Hyden Adventure, A Bigfoot Tourist Destination.
On that June 8 morning, the parking lot of the Pullman House was packed as enthusiasts excitedly paraded in to explore the world of the paranormal. Vendors added to the atmosphere selling a range of items echoing Bigfoot and other paranormal themes. Items included: t-shirts, walking sticks, keychains, metal sculpture, a Bigfoot chess set (rare and highly valued), coins, wood art, ball caps, books, pillows and bottle openers. A nice touch, surely unintended, was the number of YETI water bottles scattered about.
Local media veteran Mike Desotell of Marinette was master of ceremonies. His welcome address included an expression of thanks to attendees who traveled from as far away as New Mexico and Indiana. As the convention’s reputation spreads it continues to draw in a wide-ranging audience. Along with attendees from the local region, others traveled from southern Wisconsin, lower Michigan and Texas…

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