Costumed creatures cavort at contests

July 1, 2012 • Local News

Extraterrestrials wait to take the stage during the Alien Costume Contest at the 2012 Roswell UFO Festival, Saturday. Mark Wilson Photos

From laser-eyed guinea pigs to statuesque sun goddesses, the alien costume contests offered UFO Festival spectators extraordinary exhibitions in creativity known only to Roswell.

The pet contest featured 14 entrants vying for Earthly supremacy on the north lawn of the Civic Center, Saturday, where Gordeaux, strapped with aluminum armor, was readied for battle by his people, Curtis and Emily Champagne from Mission, Texas.

“His defense mechanisms are his spikes. And he’s very uneasy around Earthlings,” Emily warned. “Gordeaux is from the planet Alumina, and his favorite food is Tribbles — plentiful on his planet!”

Buggzey Boo, guinea pig queen of the planet G.P., was wheeled on stage in a crafty space vehicle made by Matt from Carlsbad. Matt, 11, entered Buggzey in the pet contest the past two years, capturing third place at both events.

With red, laser eyes, a mighty paw and the fearsome “squeak of annoyance,” Buggzey utilized her unique powers to capture second place for Matt, who said he spent four days preparing for the contest.

“I used a jump-suit, a sock, a couple of beads and some stick-on stuff,” Matt said of Buggzey’s get-up. “It’s fun. I like winning trophies.”

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