Organizers of this yearâ€™s UFO Festival say the planning to make the event a great time for all is already under way. Officials hosted a news conference on Wednesday to discuss the new partnership between the city of Roswell and the International UFO Museum and Research Center, in planning the upcoming event.
Julie Shuster, the museumâ€™s executive director, and resident Greg Neal told reporters they plan to move the festival in a new direction, all the while making it an event to promote the city. â€œ(Itâ€™s) an official public announcement that the museum and the city are working together,â€ Shuster said.
â€œWe want people to have a good, educational (and) fun event.â€ The pair were tapped by Mayor Del Jurney to take over the event planning. Both said that scheduling for the festival has already taken shape and that there will be more announcements to come in the following months on specific details of the event.
â€œThere will be some new things that have not been done before,â€ Neal said. The announcement was made after the of ficials lobbied the City Council to match this yearâ€™s funding of the festival with previous years. Shuster said all spending and account activity will be accounted for and, despite it not being subject to state open record law, will be shared with the public.
â€œThere will be accountability,â€ she said. Jurney told reporters that he looks forward to the new direction and is confident it will be a successful festival. â€œThe City Council supports … the direction,â€ he said. â€œWhat we do in 2011 is hopefully going to set a standard.â€