Big Muddy Monster Festival in Murphysboro celebrates 50th year of its sighting

Big Muddy Festival in Murphysboro, Illinois.
Published: Jun. 9, 2023 at 2:59 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 24, 2023 at 11:27 PM CDT
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MURPHYSBORO, Ill. (KFVS) - The home of the Big Muddy Monster celebrated the 50th year of its sighting.

On Saturday, June 24 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Murphysboro, Illinois hosted the Big Muddy Monster Festival.

There was a statue unveiling, vendors, food trucks, music, a 5K walk/run, documentary screening and more.

The statue was unveiled at 11 a.m. in the new development area near the Holiday Inn Express.

The only footprint casting left from a sighting in the early 1970s was on display at the festival.

Proceeds from the 5k walk/run will benefit the Old Depot Restoration project.

Click here for a full list of events.