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Sasquatch Festival Coming to Harrisburg

Sasquatch….Bigfoot…whatever you prefer to call the “critter” that’s considered the king of “hide and seek,” will be the featured them of the first ever Sasquatch Festival set for Saturday, Oct. 7 in downtown Harrisburg.

The concept grew out of a fall 2020 meeting of Harrisburg leaders and the community development committee as an effort to further promote Harrisburg and the region, as Harrisburg already claims to the title; Gateway to the Shawnee Forest.

In exploring options the committee members and leaders came upon the familiar hashtage; ShawneeSasquatch.  After all a statue of “Sassie” sits at the turn off Rim Rock Road to the road that leads to the Garden of the Gods. The statue has become a landmark and favorite spot for outdoor enthusiasts, photographers and locals.

With that in mind, the Sasquatch Festival was born.

The day opens with a Sasquatch 5K fun run beginning at 10 Saturday morning, Oct. 7

There will be food and concession trucks on site plus free carnival rides. There will be a car show from noon until 4 on Locust Street. The event includes live music featuring the Jake Meyers Band at noon, followed by the 90s Kids at 4 and Murphy 500 will wrap up the music on the Popular Street Stage at 8.

Additional information is available by calling 618-252-1937 or on line at [email protected]


  1. Dgaston
    October 7, 2023 at 8:52 pm

    Sorry I missed it, I’ve been from south east IL to point pleasant WV. Humongous fungus festival in Crystal falls mi ♥️ popular bluff mo over to Arkansas..
    I need a calendar link to remind me in future, link me in..met with a leader in BF of of common wealth Ky in Madisonville, really need to see Harrisburg..

  2. Dgaston
    October 7, 2023 at 8:57 pm

    Thanks for being there,


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