1987, Little Bigfoot Road, Elliston Montana, First Annual Running of the Bigfoot


1987, Little Bigfoot River Road, Elliston Montana, First Annual Running of the Bigfoot

Bar owner, Bert Van Huysen, has the brilliant idea to start a running of the Bigfoot after he and a bartender encountered a hairy 8 foot tall Bigfoot rummaging through the recycle bins. When they tried to scare the creature off with hoots and hollers, the monster just whipped empty Rolling Rock bottles at them.

Luckily, neither were hurt by the bottles. But after the encounter, Bert went around town talking up the whole escapade. So much, in fact, that the town grew sick of hearing different versions of the tale. In one, the Bigfoot knew karate. In another, it was wearing a big jester hat and danced like a techno. In yet another, Bigfoot was keen to explain the importance of separating out the plastic from the glass.

On the supposed first anniversary of the Van Huysen’s Bigfoot encounter, a whole bunch of the town people, many who frequented Bert’s Bar, dressed up in various homemade Bigfoot costumes. They met in the parking lot across the street, then joined hands and marched into the bar. Everyone who was in costume got a free drink.

The tradition grew and grew. Over the years, new events were planned. Bert came up with the Running of the Bigfoots. The race started at the top of Little Bigfoot River Road. Anyone who dressed up like Bigfoot could participate. Whomever cross the finish line first was crowned the Reigning Bigfoot. This title came with various discounts and perks.

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