An Inside Look at the International Crypto Con

The cryptozoologically curious came together this past Labor Day  weekend on the shore of Maine's Casco Bay for a unique showcase of  Bigfoot researchers, lake monster investigators, and collectors of  creepy creature cases. Following a critically acclaimed 2017  installment, this year's International Cryptozoology Conference in the city of Portland upped the ante in a big way. 

The 2018 proceedings, held over the course of Labor Day weekend,  were expanded from one day to two and the location moved to an  aesthetically-amazing former railroad machine shop which has been  repurposed into a concert and event venue. Organized by the International Cryptozoology Museum (ICM), which was conveniently located across the parking lot from the  conference site in Portland's burgeoning Thompson's Point development,  the event doubled its attendance from the previous year, drawing around  250 people.

The considerable crowd, distinctive setting, and musical performances  by the band Missy Mooney & The Tomb of Nick Cage, who played during  the breaks between presentations, made for a rather festive atmosphere  at the event. This seemed to be case, in particular, on Saturday  afternoon when parts of the conference center that were open to the  public swelled with people preparing to attend a concert taking place  nearby later that night. 

Fans of the popular local-band-made-good, The Ghost of Paul  Revere, seemed surprised to learn that their ticket to the show also  included an unexpected side order of Sasquatch and other assorted  oddities when they saddled up to a cash bar opened by the development  for early-arriving concertgoers. What resulted was a few short hours  which saw a fascinating mix of intrigued interlopers, who heretofore  likely hadn't given much thought to Bigfoot and its brethren, mingling  with a bevy of cryptozoology enthusiasts and experts that were more than  happy to answer all of their questions.

Check out more of our first-hand report on the proceedings from Portland, including a selection of images from the event, at the Coast to Coast AM website.

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