The History Channel's Monster Quest proves that believing in sasquatch, moth-men, chupacabras and other legendary creatures requires some suspension of skepticism. The story is set with witnesses describing an encounter and perhaps showing a blurry photo or scratch left behind on a tree. The team of cryptozoologists take print casts, hair or stool samples from the scene for scientific analysis, and the results inevitably show that the evidence came from a coyote, bear or other decidedly un-crypto animal. Just as inevitably, the witnesses say, essentially, "I don't care what your science says, I know that wasn't no ordinary animal." North Texas has its share of crypto-creatures, among them the Lake Worth Monster, described in 1969 during a rash of sightings as a reeking 7-foot goatman covered, somehow, with both hair and scales. But you don't have to believe to have fun with the legend, as the Lake Worth Monster Bash from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday proves. Storytellers, hayrides, hiking, canoeing, music and folk-legend authors highlight events at the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, 9601 Fossil Ridge Road in Fort Worth. The event is free with admission ($2 to $4) to the center, though some activities require a $5 fee. Call 817-392-7423.
Sat., Oct. 2, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 2010