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McDowell County keeps Bigfoot’s spirit alive
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McDowell County keeps Bigfoot’s spirit alive

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The McDowell Tourism Development Authority, McDowell Chamber of Commerce, Marion Business Association and the city of Marion have come together to create a way visitors and locals alike can celebrate Sasquatch, maintain a safe social distance and enjoy the month of September, when the WNC Bigfoot Festival was originally scheduled to be held.

Starting on Monday, Sept. 14, through the end of September, visitors can participate in the Finding Bigfoot Scavenger Hunt. More than 40 businesses are taking part in this event that allows participants to explore McDowell County and enter into a contest to win one of three prize packages, according to a news release.

Participants simply visit, click on the Finding Bigfoot Scavenger Hunt tab and follow the instructions for a day — or a few days — of fun. Local visitor centers will also have scavenger hunt handouts for folks who want a paper copy.

To qualify for a prize, scavenger hunt participants will need to visit 10 locations and take a picture of the icon painted on the front of each storefront. For an extra entry into the drawing, participants can email photos of all the stops along the scavenger hunt.

Those pictures will need to be submitted via email to with participant’s contact information for a chance to win prize packages featuring overnight stays, restaurant gift certificates and more.

Along the hunt route, individuals can enjoy an assortment of Bigfoot-themed foods, beverages and more. A list of those items can be found on the Bigfoot Specials page at

Whether visitors want to try a Bigfoot-approved beer from a local brewery, indulge in a sandwich created in honor of the mythical creature himself, or create one-of-a-kind piece of Sasquatch-themed art, there’s something for all Bigfoot fans to enjoy in McDowell County, according to the news release.

Additional details about the scavenger hunt and Bigfoot specials can be found at

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