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Special Announcement!

After years of participating in a wide variety of book festivals, arts & craft shows, comic cons, Bigfoot festivals and paranormal conferences, it is my privilege to announce that CryptidHQ will be hosting SWVA’s Bigfoot & Friends at the Salem Civic Center on September 24th, 2022

We are excited to welcome an outstanding group of speakers, which includes:

Lyle Blackburn – Author, musician & reputed monster hunter, Lyle is a frequent radio guest and has appeared on numerous television shows including Monsters and Mysteries in America, Strange Evidence, Finding Bigfoot, and The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs.

Katy Elizabeth – Founder of Champ Search and world’s leading authority on the Lake Champlain Monster. Katy is an author and has been featured in a variety of radio and television programs including In Search of Aliens with Giorgio Tsoukalos, and Expedition X with Josh Gates.

Daniel Benoit – A Virginia native, Daniel grew up exploring the forests of Virginia with his father. His research has led him to become a Bigfoot authority and founder of the East Coast Bigfoot Researchers Organization (E.C.B.R.O.). He is the author of several Bigfoot research field guides, and is dedicated to bringing awareness and education to the community.

Lija Fisher – A frequent speaker at schools, libraries and Bigfoot conferences across the US, Lija is the author of The Cryptid Catcher and The Cryptid Keeper, cryptozoology adventure novels for kids!

Zach Bales – A multiple award winning author, Zach grew up in Appalachia and has been featured on a variety of radio and television programs for his expertise on ghosts, monsters, and “little green men”. He is both investigator and educator, and a highly sought after speaker at paranormal conferences around the US.

In addition to our exceptional speakers, SWVA’s Bigfoot and Friends will feature first class vendors and exhibitors of unique merchandise and services, unusual photo opportunities, and a one of a kind cryptid costume contest!

It is our hope that the event will be a one of a kind, memorable experience for cryptid enthusiasts of all ages in southwest Virginia and beyond! Join us!


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