Sunday, December 10, 2023

Annual Bigfoot Festival making return

| May 10, 2023 1:00 AM

The third annual Metaline Falls Bigfoot Festival is headed back to Busta Park on June 17-18. The event features a wide variety of businesses, vendors, and artisans, the event also welcomes Bigfoot researchers, hosts a 5K race, and holds a pancake breakfast on Sunday morning.

A nonprofit staffed by volunteers, the Pend Oreille Region Tourism Alliance aims to promote a responsible tourism economy in ways sensitive to the local lifestyle and environment. Among its activities are National Trail Days, Metaline Falls Bigfoot Festival (MFBF), Pend Oreille Harvest Festival (POHF), and more. PORTA also sponsors local community events with advertising and volunteerism. Donations are tax-deductible where permitted by law.

This event is sponsored by PORTA, the town of Metaline Falls, Pend Oreille County Hotel Motel Tax Board, Kalispel Tribe of Indians, and the State of Washington Tourism.

MFBF 2023, which kicks off with a 5K walk on Saturday, welcomes more than 90 vendors who will be selling everything from candles to clothing to Bigfoot-specific items. Renowned Bigfoot researchers, including Tom Sewid, Mel Skahan, Thom Cantrall, Terrence James, Squatch America, and Jesus Payan will conduct presentations at the NuVu Showhouse. Tickets can be purchased at There is even a pancake breakfast at American Legion Post & Auxiliary Unit No. 144 on Sunday from 8-10 a.m.

There have been over 10,000 Bigfoot sighting in the United States, a third of which have occurred in the Pacific Northwest, with Washington having over 2,000 reported sightings.


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