Intrigue and Entertainment Abound at Roswell’s Annual UFO Festival

UFO enthusiasts and skeptics alike can enjoy four days celebrating one of history's most controversial events

By: By Shirley Mak

Roswell, New Mexico’s annual UFO Festival, which takes place in New Mexico from July 2-5 and celebrates one of history’s most controversial events, promises to be truly out of this world for clients interested in extraterrestrials. UFO enthusiasts and skeptics alike can enjoy four days featuring guest speakers, live entertainment, family-friendly entertainment and a concert on July 3 highlighting the rock group Jefferson Starship and the Grateful Dead’s Tom Constanten at the New Mexico Military Institute’s Pearson Auditorium. The Temptations will also perform on Saturday, July 4, prior to a spectacular fireworks display.

The famous Roswell incident occurred in July of 1947, when a mysterious object crashed on a ranch north of Roswell. The Roswell Army Airfield initially issued a statement claiming that the object was a “flying disk,” but field officials later changed the statement to read that the object recovered was actually a weather balloon. More than 60 years later, the mystery behind the revised statement continues to provoke worldwide debate.

This year’s UFO Festival is bound to attract a crowd. Not only will there be a Roswell Alien Parade on Main Street, but the Roswell UFO Museum is also hosting a series of lectures, authors, films and other events all featuring actor Malcolm McDowell, who has starred in “A Clockwork Orange,” “Jack the Riper” and “Star Trek: Generations.”

Guests will not only be able to attend lectures regarding one of the most infamous purported cover-ups in history but can also formulate their own hypotheses about what happened that July, as well as visit the actual crash site and other alien attractions.

“No festival in New Mexico captures the adventurous spirit of its citizens like this festival,” said Michael Cerletti, secretary of the New Mexico Tourism Department, which is a sponsor of this year’s event. “The folks in Roswell have taken a bit of their history and created an event that has a world-wide interest and appeal.”


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