Squatchfest

Issac Walters (dressed as Hulk Hogan) was one of the competitors in the bigfoot calling contest at the Kane Family Drive-In’s 2017 Squatchfest. The drive-in will host the 2019 event on Saturday.

Don’t be alarmed to see sasquatch lurking around Kane on Saturday.

He’ll just be there for the rock ‘n’ roll.

The fourth annual Squatchfest, an annual celebration of music, sunshine and mythical creatures, will be held Saturday at the Kane Family Drive-In. The gate opens at 2 p.m. and music starts at 3 p.m.

Drive-in owner Lowell Watts talked about the origins of the music festival.

The night Watts and good friend Tracy Smith bought the establishment, they were standing outside, looking at the lay of the land of the theater property, when they had the same thought: “This place just screams rock concert.”

Watts said they put the idea in their five-year plan and were able to hold the inaugural show during the drive-in’s second year in business.

“It’s a collaboration between the two of us,” said Watts of organizing the show with Smith. “I couldn’t do it without him; he couldn’t do it without me. It’s a really intense project.”

Five bands are set to perform.

For the first round of entertainment, performances include JD Eicher & the Goodnights, Co. Townes, Blue Morning (a Foreigner cover band) and Bon Journey (a Bon Jovi/Journey cover band).

“Then, we have some theatrics involving sasquatch, which is always a lot of fun,” said Watts.

Sasquatch’s shenanigans will be followed by a fireworks display, then the show will wind down with a performance by band Heron.

“It’s a family-friendly environment,” said Watts, who added there will activities such as a bounce house, children’s games and miniature golf to keep youngsters occupied.

For food, organizers will be roasting a pig, and the Straub beer truck will be there. The snack bar will be open with favorite drive-in treats including hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn, chicken fingers — “all that fun drive-in stuff,” said Watts.

The bigfoot theme was inspired by the area and the “so-called sightings they’ve had by the dam,” explained Watts.

Smith added, “We were looking for something unique, something that was related to the outdoors and outdoor recreation, something that was a little bit wild.” Sasquatch seemed like a good mascot to represent the festival — “the whole mystic and lure of it all.”

Admission tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for children aged 6-13 and free for children under 6.

It’s free to play children’s games and minigolf, but attendees have to buy the food and beer. Organizers ask that outside food be left outside the event, to help support the local sponsors including Straub, Harley Davidson of DuBois and Erie Insurance of Kane. There will be concert T-shirts for sale, as well as a T-shirt launch.

The drive-in theater has teamed up with a local radio station to project the performers in real-time on the movie screen.

In attendance will be about a dozen vendors, some with sasquatch-themed items such as apparel and squatch scat soap.

Parking will be across the road from the theater in a farmer’s field, and there will be a shuttle bus to take people to the drive-in. Concert-goers are recommended to bring a lawn chair and an umbrella to block the sun.

Proceeds from the event will help with infrastructure projects at the drive-in to help keep the nostalgic venture going.

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