Monday, June 6, 2005

Lots Of Monkeying Around At Skunk Ape Festival

OCHOPEE, Fla. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – There will be lots of monkeying around in Ochopee, Florida, on Saturday (Jun. 11), thanks to something called the “Skunk Ape Festival.”

The event honors the “skunk ape,” a stinky cousin of Bigfoot that supposedly roams around the Everglades looking for food.

Organizer David Shealy expects 100 die-hard Bigfoot buffs will battle the “muggy and buggy weather” to search for the skunk ape.

Shealy hopes to increase the chance of encounters by serving up his special Bigfoot bait: lima bean soup.

There will also be musical performances from guys who he says “have a boat load of skunk ape songs.” But the highlight may be the “Ms. Skunk Ape Contest” where female contestants are graded on beauty and their knowledge of the hairy creature by a panel of judges that includes an elephant trainer.

Shealy expects to see a lot of journalists who know a good story when they smell it. But they may not be able to report on it by the time they finish because, as he puts it, “Most of them [who came last year] were too intoxicated to go on camera.”

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