UFO fest promises wild ‘family fun’

June 26, 2013 • Local News

Organizers for this year’s UFO Festival on July 5-7 finalized the event schedule Tuesday, revealing several family-friendly and thrilling alien-related events.

“It’s going to be pretty wild, I guarantee you,” said Dusty Huckabee, director of MainStreet Roswell.

MainStreet Roswell and the International UFO Museum have joined forces again this year to provide an exciting schedule that promises to offer lectures, parades, water games, food, guests, displays and new flying saucer and alien-related evidence.

“There will be all kinds of goodies,” said museum Operations Manager Mark Briscoe. “It’s a good time. Everybody has fun.”

Main Street will be blocked from vehicle traffic between Second and Fifth streets, except during the Electric Light Parade at 9 p.m., July 6.

The popular Alien Pet Contest will be held on the [auth] Civic Center Lawn at 10 a.m., July 6, followed by the Alien Costume Contest later that day at 3 p.m. inside the center’s exhibit hall.

The Robert H. Goddard Planetarium will open July 5-6 for shows this year. Friday’s show begins at 10:30 a.m. and Saturday’s will open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

MainStreet is working with a new carnival that may set up behind City Hall, Huckabee said.

“There will be just all kinds of kid and adult activities,” Huckabee said. “We have all kinds of water events and big slides for kids. Everybody gets dressed up.”

The committee spent $6,000 organizing this year’s event, the same as last year, Huckabee said. The festival is expected to appeal to adults and children alike.

“In the past, it’s mostly been for adults. Now it will include the whole family,” Huckabee said. “We have all family entertainment. We’ve got some surprises that will blow people’s minds. It’s going to be fun.”

A lengthy and credible list of researchers, scientists and authors will begin lecturing at the Civic Center at 9:30 a.m., July 5, with renown expert Stanton Friedman, who will make five more appearances during the festival to speak on a variety of topics.

The UFO museum will also host lecturers and speakers beginning the same day.

The list includes: Antonio Huneeus, an award-winning investigative writer who has uncovered the UFO field internationally for 30 years and will give lectures in Spanish and English; an abduction panel that includes Travis Walton of the “Fire in the Sky” incident in Arizona; Patty Greer, a crop circle documentarian; geologist Frank Kimbler, who will present physical evidence of the Roswell Incident; Jesse Marcel Jr.; and Kathy Marden, who will introduce new evidence in the Betty and Barney Hill abduction case.

“We’re really protective about credibility,” Briscoe said.

The museum has hired a company based in New York to provide a continuously looped screening inside the building of interviews of people who have reported sightings.

“This year will hopefully be profitable for everyone, for the museum and for all merchants,” Briscoe said. “Much of the credit goes to MainStreet Roswell. They were outstanding to work with this year. They really worked hard and have been wonderful to us.”

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