The Marion Business Association is working with Bigfoot 911 to organize a festival celebrating the Bigfoot legend. The event, to be held in Marion sometime in September of next year, will be a typical fair with the addition of “evidence” to interest Bigfoot chasers. The idea follows a recent Bigfoot town hall that attracted 200 visitors from as far away as Canada. Participants met in Old Fort to tell stories and share audio and video following the most recent sighting. While on an expedition in search of Sasquatch, eight members of Bigfoot 911 had a close encounter near Lake James. They were scattering glow sticks in the woods, since they reportedly act as lures for the creature, when one of the sticks started moving through the woods. And that was when the team came upon a hairy, ape-like creature. Later on, a man from Minnesota claimed responsibility for the sighting. He said he was dressed in fur and performing shamanistic rituals in the woods in order to contact Bigfoot. While Bigfoot sightings and conferences are normally associated with the Pacific Northwest, the legend has enough of a local flavor to have attracted the filming of an episode of the television series Finding Bigfoot. The program featured a town hall meeting held in Asheville and hunting scenes filmed at McDowell County’s Lake James and Pepper’s Creek.