Since Sir Edmund Hillary climbed Mount Everest in 1953 and reported seeing large bare footprints in the snow , Harriett McFeely of Hastings has been interested in Bigfoot.
Her interest took her across the country to Bigfoot conferences and camping in Colorado to investigate the legendary creature. McFeely says she got tired of traveling to these conferences so decided to hold one in Nebraska so the 1st Annual Nebraska Bigfoot Conference will be held Friday night and Saturday.
McFeely has lined up some of the best speakers on the topic in the nation. The list includes Lyle Blackburn, the author of Beast of Boggy Creek. Stuart Miller and David Ford, the producers of the movie “Something in the Woods”. Robin Roberts and her dog Roo and Mike Johnson who are part of Sasquatch Investigations of the Rockies and Scotty Plowman, a Bigfoot researcher from Missouri who has done investigations along the Missouri River. The Rez Community Research Team from Macy, Nebraska will also attend. They are Native Americans with the Omaha Tribe and bring a different view as they have lived among Bigfoot for many years.
McFeely says her husband, Dick helped her organize this event until his recent death. She says the support has been overwhelming and she decided to move forward with the event with the help of her group, Bigfoot Crossroads of America. She says her husband first spotted Bigfoot on a camping trip to Colorado. Later she was on a trip with Robin Roberts and saw them for the first time.
McFeely says, “You could see their silhouette, their outline but you could really see their eyes. Their eyes are red and every time the blinked you could see it just as clear as anything. That was the weirdest feeling I’ve ever had in my entire life.”
McFeely says skeptics and believers both are invited to the conference at the C3 Hotel and Convention Center. Friday at 6 p.m. there will be a free showing of the movie “Something in the Woods” along with actors and producers of the film. This is for students and the event is free.
The convention starts Saturday at 9 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 and available at the door.