Bigfoot festival in works for June 2014

Bigfoot could be bringing some big publicity to Leetonia.

The Coke Ovens Advisory Commission is working with the Genoskwa Project to bring a festival highlighting the bigfoot to Leetonia next summer. The Genoskwa Project hosted a highly attended seminar about the bigfoot at the Leetonia library in August, collecting information on reported sightings in the area this year.

According to Justin Hite, community development coordinator for Leetonia, the festival is in the planning stages and is tentatively scheduled as a three-day event in June that will incorporate Wick Park, the library and the Coke Ovens.

“[Leetonia] can use it as an opportunity to get people in and seeing the coke ovens, a showcase,” he said. “It’s a way to get people into the village who have never been here before.”

Hite said the event is set to include food vendors, information booths, merchandise, workshops and speakers.

Hopefully it encourages people to use some of the green space in the county in a positive way,” Hite said. “Spend a day in the woods with family having fun.”

Hite said the advisory commission is coordinating the event, seeking partnership with the area chamber of commerce and parks board, while the Genoskwa Project is soliciting the vendors and speakers.