What longtime Dallas resident Keith Bearden experienced was not exactly what he was expecting during visits to his family’s hunting camp.
“I started seeing unusual things,” said the longtime Paulding youth baseball coach.
Seeing his cabin shake and viewing unusual tracks on the 450-acre property in Talbot County made him suspicious. But actually seeing it convinced him to contact some Georgia researchers on the subject of the legendary “bigfoot” or “sasquatch” creature, he said.
It also led him to researcher and author Thom Cantrall of Washington state, and both have organized the “Fourth Conference on Sasquatch - Atlanta” Oct. 4 to 6 at Deer Lick Park at 2105 Mack Road in eastern Douglas County.
Washington-based International Society for Primal People is hosting the event and expecting up to 500 to attend, said Bearden, who works in the metal industry locally.
The October conference is set to feature researchers and authors on the creature’s existence -- some of whom have studied it for decades -- as well as “the latest findings and evidence in the search for this elusive figure,” a news release stated.
Bearden chronicled his experiences in a 2015 book titled, “Forest Friends of the Night." He is scheduled to be among the 12 speakers, along with Cantrall and L. Shane Land, founder of Hominology magazine.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “Sasquatch” as “a hairy creature like a human being, reported to exist in the northwestern U.S. and western Canada and said to be a primate between 6 and 15 feet tall.”
Much of the research about the creature is based on the famed 1967 “Patterson-Gimlin film” showing a hairy creature walking through a creek in northern California.
International Society for Primal People is dedicated to finding and protecting the creature and making sure factual information is circulating about it, the news release stated.
Cantrall has hosted three similar events in 2012, 2016 and earlier this year, the release stated.
For more information and tickets, visit www.GhostsofRubyRidge.com/sas.