Community members gather in search for Bigfoot in Mill Creek Park

“Does he exist, does he not exist?”

To some, Bigfoot is just a myth. But to others, he is a real creature yet to be found.

On Friday, dozens of people gathered in Mill Creek Park to begin an adventure into the whereabouts of Bigfoot.

“Mill Creek Park, there’s a mystique about it and there’s a mystery. We thought it would be fun, given it’s fall, it’s October, Halloween is right around the corner,” said Lynn Zocolo, an educator with Mill Creek MetroParks.

This is the first year of the Bigfoot Weekend event in Mill Creek. It runs from Friday through Sunday, with different activities for each day.

“To be in the park after dark is quite something special. So tonight is for older kids and adults that are interested or curious,” Zocolo said.

Amy Bue is a local investigator who said she has had her own Bigfoot experiences. Now she travels to different areas looking for him and teaching others how to investigate.

“The first time I ever heard about the fact that — or the idea that Big Foot could be a real creature was after I saw something just right here in Mahoning County in 2012,” Bue said. “I was a passenger in a car going over Meander Reservoir and across the reservoir on the opposite side, holding onto a tree was what, immediately, what I thought looked like Bigfoot.”

On Friday, the group heard a little of Bue’s experiences, then split up to go searching through the park.

On Saturday, there will be some kid-friendly activities and Sunday, there will be a presentation on Bigfoot at the MetroParks Farm in Canfield.

Zocolo said Saturday’s event is full, but Sunday is open to the public and anyone can join.

For more information on the events, you can visit their Facebook event page.

Bue also encourages people to reach out to her with their own experiences. Her email address is


Mill Creek MetroParks to present Pumpkin Walk at Twilight

Mill Creek MetroParks presents Pumpkin Walk at Twilight on Sunday, October 13, 2019 until 8 p.m. at Fellows Riverside Gardens (123 McKinley Avenue, Youngstown, OH 44509). Take part in the wonders of the fall season as you walk along the Gardens’ pumpkin-lined paths as the day turns to night. Starting at 5:30 p.m., families can enjoy live entertainment by Grammy nominated folk artist Steve Free, refreshments, and children’s activities. This free event is open to the public and sponsored by 21 WFMJ/WBCB.

On October 10, 11, and 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., have fun while helping carve family-friendly pumpkins to be displayed during Pumpkin Walk at Twilight. The carving area is located in the Service Building at Fellows Riverside Gardens which may be chilly, so dress according to the weather. Pumpkins and carving tools will be supplied. Carving will continue while pumpkin supplies last and carved pumpkins cannot be taken with you before, during, or after the event – they are to be displayed at the Pumpkin Walk event. Groups of 10 or more should call ahead. This event is also free and open to the public of all ages.
For questions and more information, please call Fellows Riverside Gardens at 330.740.7116 or visit