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Mike Polk Jr. celebrates Ohio's Bigfoot roots

According to the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, Ohio ranks fifth in the nation with more than 315 reports of Bigfoot sightings.

PERRYSVILLE, Ohio — Ohioans already have to deal with a lot of adversity. We’ve got bad winter weather, periodic midge invasions, and of course The Annual Gathering of the Juggalos is held here.

As if we weren’t stressed out enough, you can apparently add one more thing to the list and that’s Yetis. Yes, we’re talking Bigfoot here. In fact, many Bigfoots, it would seem. Word on the street is that our state is lousy with them.

According to the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, Ohio ranks fifth in the nation with more than 315 reports of Bigfoot sightings. There have been at least 13 recent sightings in the north-central region the state, so it makes sense that it has become a bit of a mecca for Bigfoot followers.

That’s what makes Pleasant Hill Lake Park in Richland County the perfect meeting place for Sasquatch enthusiasts as they gather this Friday, Saturday and Sunday for “The Bigfoot Basecamp Weekend”.

The family-friendly event offers a variety of Sasquatch-related programming including panels with Bigfoot experts discussing the history of Yeti-Hunting and new techniques of Bigfoot Investigation, as well as local Ohio Bigfoot sighting information.

I sat down with two of the organizers to learn more about the event and assess the overall Bigfoot threat to the state. And what I learned is that while this group may or may not be successful on their hunt for The Big Guy this weekend, they’re guaranteed to find some camaraderie and a sense of community amongst their fellow Yeti-Stans.

If you'd like to share in the fun, you can check out the event schedule here.

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