Too many to accommodate at today's Big Foot program in Leetonia


They came in surprising droves, driving Harleys and Hummers and everything in between.

Some were believers, some weren’t, and some were on the fence. They were of all ages, and from all walks of life, but they’d all come to hear about Bigfoot and talk about whether he truly exists — and whether he’s left his big footprints in local woods.

Some 200 people crammed into Leetonia’s Community Public Library for a presentation by Ohio’s Genoskwa Project, a team of researchers dedicated to proving the existence of the legendary creature. There were so many people that not all of them could fit into the meeting room, leaving some to stand outside looking in, while some simply grew frustrated and left.

“I guess more people believe in Bigfoot than I thought,” said Paul Hayes of Canton, the group’s founder and lead researcher, who said he was surprised at the huge turnout.

“If they find him, maybe he ought to run for president,” 68-year-old Frederick Smith of Warren quipped about Bigfoot just before the event started. “He seems to be awful popular.”

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