COUNTDOWN TO THE GREAT FLORIDA BIGFOOT CONFERENCE | JULY 10, 2021
‘The Skunk Ape’ of Florida
Announcing the first annual Great Florida Bigfoot Conference on July 10, 2021, at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland, Florida. Featuring an all-star lineup of Bigfoot researchers, investigators, and authors ready to interact with fans and discuss their experiences and findings.
Headlining this year’s event are Loren Coleman and Cliff Barackman. Exhibitors will also be set up all day with tons of related merchandise.
Doors open at 9 am and we go until 5 pm. This event is open to the public but advance tickets are required as we cannot guarantee them at the door. Tickets are all day in and out entry but don’t miss the end segments as we bring back the full panel of speakers on stage for an interactive Q&A along with a segment of encounters from the audience.
Additional events are planned for the weekend to include a Meet & Greet Dinner on Friday, July 9, 2021, and a couple of other surprises TBA. These events will have limited availability and ticketed on a first-come basis. Email announcements will be sent to all ticket holders first so be sure to check your emails.
Traveling into Florida? Lakeland is located just 42 miles East of the Tampa (TPA) International Airport and just 57 miles west of the Orlando International Airport (MCO).
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- Finding Bigfoot
- North American Bigfoot Center
Cliff Barackman was born and raised in Long Beach, California. Throughout his youth, his interests were drawn towards both the physical and biological sciences, as well as music. While Cliff was navigating his life, a growing interest in the Bigfoot phenomena drove him to travel to other parts of the country to look into the mystery. It was in college that Cliff’s interest in Bigfoot moved from a quirky interest to an obsession.
Having a sizable break between classes, Cliff started spending time in the college library reading books on his various interests. After researching Bigfoot, he realized that not only was Bigfoot interesting, but it might actually be a real, biological creature.
Cliff had been an avid camper all his life, but around this time he started camping with the singular purpose of doing Bigfoot research. On his first expedition to Bluff Creek, California in 1994, he stumbled across possible Bigfoot footprints, as well as tree damage evidence and a possible hair sample.
James "Bobo" Fay
- Field Researcher
- Finding Bigfoot
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists. An honorary member of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, and several other international organizations, he is also a Life Member of the International Society of Cryptozoology. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursue of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969.
Coleman has written seventeen books and more than three hundred articles, has appeared frequently on radio and television programs, and has lectured throughout North America, as well as in London and at Loch Ness. He has been both on- and off-camera consultant to NBC-TV’s “Unsolved Mysteries,” A & E’s “Ancient Mysteries,” History Channel’s “In Search of History,” Discovery Channel’s “In the Unknown, ” and other reality-based programs. He contributes cryptozoology columns, “On the Trail,” to the London-based magazine Fortean Times, and “Mysterious World” to Fate, as well as regular articles to The Anomalist and
Stacy Brown Jr.
- Bigfoot Researcher
- Actor, Director, Musician
Stacy Brown Jr. voted 2016’s Bigfoot Researcher of the year, spends most of his time searching the swamps for the elusive beast they call the Skunk Ape. Stacy is part of the winning team on Spike TV’s, 10 milliondollar Bigfoot bounty. He has also been featured on Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot, Fox News and the New York Times among others. Stacy got his first start into Skunk Ape research when he and his buddy had an encounter on November 6th, 2011. After becoming enthralled with the subject he and his father were able to capture what some people call the best piece of thermal footage ever caught. To date the footage has not been debunked.
When he’s not in the swamp swatting mosquito’s, Stacy is making movies.
- Legend Tripper
Rob has filmed segments on the Florida Skunk Ape for PBS’s “Weird Florida: On the Road Again,” “Monsters and Mysteries of America,” and “Bigfoot in America” on Destination America channel.
Along with Bigfoot and other cryptids, Robert and his wife Tracy also investigate haunted places, UFO, buried treasure, and mysterious places. Robert is an active member of the following groups; MFON, The International Cryptozoology Society, the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, The Ghost Club, the International UFO museum, and the World Explorers Club. He is also the Florida representative for the North American Dogman Project. Robert is an investigator and member of the UFO Hunters of America.
- Independent Sasquatch Research Team
David started his research journey about these creatures in 1995. He did a lot of air-chair research and self-examination for the next three years on the subject and found there to be a lot more to it than meets the eye. During that time, he read a lot of literature from Dr. Grover Krantz, Dr. Jeff Meldrum, John Green and many others, he also read thousands of eye- witness encounters.
In 1998 David joined up with a large organization for a short term, then in the early part of 2000 he founded “The Independent Sasquatch Research Team”. He and his team have been focused on acquiring scientific evidence of these creatures and to try to establish first communication with them.
EVENT LOCATION: RP FUNDING CENTER, LAKELAND, FL
ABOUT THE POSTPONEMENTAfter careful consultation with our venue’s management team and our speakers regarding the health and safety of everyone involved in our event – attendees, vendors, sponsors, and long-time partners – we have made the difficult decision to postpone the inaugural Great Florida Bigfoot Conference. The event will still be held at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland Florida. The new date for the event will be July 10, 2021 with the VIP Meet & Greet Dinner being held on July 9th.Following increased and overwhelming concerns about the COVID-19 virus, we felt this was the best way to proceed during such an unprecedented global situation. We are very disappointed that we are unable to hold this event for all the bigfoot enthusiasts, vendors, and supporters. But we know it’s the right decision based on the information we have today.We thank everyone who shared their input on the formation of the upcoming event and the decision to move it to July. We are convinced that this move will allow us to have a larger, more engaging event, while diminishing the likelihood that we will lose speakers, vendor, and sponsors that are unwilling to travel at this time. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?Attendees & Vendors: Your tickets and booth reservations automatically transfer to the new date. No action is required.Sponsors: Your sponsorship transfers to the new date. We will work with you to get additional exposure during the extra 5 months your sponsorship now covers.The COVID-19 Pandemic has been hard on everyone but absolutely brutal on us in the event industry. Please bear with us as we make all the changes that a rescheduled event requires. A couple of the speakers currently scheduled were already saying that they would likely not come to the January event. This new date improves our chances of keeping the lineup intact.We promise to do everything in our power to take advantage of this extra time to make sure that the event in July is the best it can possibly be.