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Mountain community celebrates Bigfoot as 'social distancing champ'

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Due to the pandemic, the county is hosting a "Bigfoot Scavenger Hunt" instead of the usual celebration which was called off in July. You can go around the county, finding Bigfoot emblems on different businesses. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

MCDOWELL COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS) — September is traditionally when visitors and locals alike celebrate a certain mythical creature in McDowell County.

This year, they are taking a different approach.

Due to the pandemic, the county is hosting a "Bigfoot Scavenger Hunt" instead of the usual celebration which was called off in July.

How it works is locals and visitors will hunt for Bigfoot emblems which are scattered throughout the county. The list of emblems is available online or at the McDowell County visitor center. Then go hunting!

County tourism officials say it will take you all throughout the area.

"Bigfoot is the social distancing champion of the world," Landdis Hollifield with McDowell County Tourism told WLOS. "There are a lot of traditional businesses that have been in the community for a while that are part of the hunt, and some new ones further out that are going to test people's knowledge."

After finding the emblem, participants take a picture of it. When they've collected enough, they can be emailed in for a prize. All entries must be emailed to bigfoothuntmarion@gmail.com by Sept. 30, 2020.

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