The annual sQuatch Fest returns January 28-29 at the Cowlitz Event Center in Longview | Local

Bigfoot fans will have two days to celebrate the mythical ape-like creature at the annual sQuatch Fest taking place January 28-29 at the Cowlitz County Event Center in Longview.

World-renowned speakers including David Paulides, author Dr. Jeff Meldrum, Ron Morehead and Shane Corson will discuss the elusive beast.

The event also includes food and themed vendors; a children’s cave with crafts and entertainment, including casting a Bigfoot foot mold; and a Brew Mountain Beer Festival with the pouring of beers from the Pacific Northwest.

Paulides is a writer best known for his self-published books devoted to proving the reality of Bigfoot.

Dr. Meldrum is a professor of anatomy and anthropology at Idaho State University. His particular focus is on the study of bipedalism, the evolution of walking on two legs.

Morehead is known for his worldwide research into the Bigfoot/Sasquatch phenomenon; and Corson is an active researcher who is a member of the Olympic Project, an association of researchers, investigators, biologists, and trackers dedicated to documenting the existence of Sasquatch.

The festival takes place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on January 28 and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on January 29 at the Cowlitz County Event Center, 1900 Seventh Ave., Longview. The Kids Cave is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on January 29.

The cost is $25 per person. Tickets are available online at bit.ly/3ng6Lzh.

Joseph K. Bennett