Saturday, June 30, 2012

Roswell UFO Festival 2012 Gets Under Way, June 29- July 1

Roswell UFO Festival 2012 - Get Under Way

The City of Roswell is hosting the 2012 Roswell UFO Festival, commemorating the 65th anniversary of the 1947 incident in which a mysterious object crashed on a ranch 30 miles north of Roswell.

Early festival goer checks out Roswell Museum
The Roswell Army Air Field (RAAF) issued a statement claiming to have recovered a crashed "flying disk." An article ran on the front page of the Roswell Daily Record and the next day, RAAF changed its statement to say that the object was a weather balloon, not a flying disk as they previously reported. This revised statement sparked immediate controversy and has continued to be a topic of debate more than 65 years later.

Highlights of the festival include costume contests on Friday (10 a.m. for pet and 3 p.m. for "alien humans"), and Alien Parade at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, the 18th annual Alien Chase 10k and 5k runs at 7 a.m. Saturday, planetarium laser light shows, galactic vendor market and UFO symposiums.

The event will take place at Roswell Civic Center, Convention and Visitors Center, Goddard Planetarium, Roswell Museum and Art Center, UFO Museum, Cielo Grande Park and other sites around Roswell.

Many of the events are free. Check the schedule and buy tickets online at 

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