-The Fouke Monster Festival
I wasn’t able to make it, unfortunately, and even if I had been able to rearrange my schedule to make the trip to the Fouke, Arkansas and Texarkana, Texas area, the event had been sold out for months. I’ve been to Fouke before. I’ve visited the world-famous Monster Mart, driven the backroads out by the swamps, photographed scenic Boggy Creek, and even met, talked with (and unintentionally offended) local Boggy Creek legend Smokey Crabtree. Still, it would have been nice to be in town for the Fouke Monster Festival that took place on June 15th. They had guided bus tours, interviews with several of the actors who appeared in the movie, prominent cryptozoologists like Lyle Blackburn and Ken Gerhard, a town hall meeting with witnesses who told their stories of encounters with the Fouke Monster, and screenings of the newly digitally restored THE LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK at the historic Perot Theater in Texarkana, where the movie first opened in 1972! Pam Pierce, daughter of the film’s director Charles Pierce, was on hand to oversee the event.
I did go to the Sheriff Buford Pusser Festival in Adams, Tennessee this year, my fourth or fifth time attending. Inspired by another seminal 70s drive-in classic, WALKING TALL, and the true story behind it, that of bareknuckle lawman Buford Pusser (a childhood hero of yours truly), the Pusser Festival has become a yearly thing. There have been Fouke Monster Festivals before, too, but nothing on this scale. I hope they repeat it, and I hope I can make the next one.
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (www.evilcheezproductions.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/evilcheezproductions), specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/734763
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