Roswell to be invaded this summer Variety of events planned during 70th anniversary of ‘Roswell Incident’
ROSWELL, N.M. – Thousands of aliens, humans and pets are expected to invade Roswell, New Mexico to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the UFO crash, better known as the ‘Roswell Incident’. The 22nd annual event takes place June 29-July 2. Roswell welcomes UFO enthusiasts and skeptics alike to join in the celebration of the much-debated 1947 incident that many believe involved a UFO crashing on a ranch near Roswell.
A new attraction at this year’s Festival will reach toward the sky, but a spaceship won’t be necessary. The “Extreme Water Slide” is four stories tall and up to 150’ long. All-day slide passes can be purchased, $20 or $5 per ride.
Several of the most popular and well-attended events include the Alien Human/Pet Costume Contests (which also includes Cosplay this year) Electric Light Parade, world-renowned speakers and UFOlogists and Dr. Robert H. Goddard Planetarium Laser Light Shows. “This Festival is turning out to be the largest and best ever due to the 70th anniversary of the crash,” states Juliana Halvorson, event organizer. “We expect 30,000-50,000 visitors to Roswell through July 4th. We have a great committee of community organizers and volunteers working hard to create the best event in our galaxy!”
Comet TV — The leading science fiction network and a partnership between Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI) and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (“MGM”) is also landing at the 2017 UFO Festival. Comet TV’s participation is highlighted by a Friday evening, outdoor screening event of the 1980 cult-classic Flash Gordon starring Sam Jones, Timothy Dalton and Max von Sydow. The screening is rooted in Hollywood’s commitment to the genre and science fiction fan.
For those in search of musical entertainment, the Festival will feature a Friday evening concert with the U.S. Air Force Band of the West. There will also be live music downtown from 35 bands including Shelby Texas, High Desert Pipes and Drums, and back by popular demand, the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble. Downtown will also be filled with a wide variety of vendors during the Festival.
If theatre is more your style, Way Way Off Broadway will be performing a comedy play specifically written for the UFO Festival — “The Great FooDeeny Magic and Alien Encounter.” They will also perform a reading of the famous radio program, “The War of the Worlds”. In addition to all the entertainment, the International UFO Museum and Research Center will be host to many serious lectures from speakers such as Stanton Friedman, Don Schmitt, Tom Carey, Thomas Reed, Jesse Marcel II and many more.
The event is also host to many free, family friendly activities that include alien hat making, crazy alien hair, alien masks and Unidentified Fabulous Orchestrations, where kids of all ages are invited to turn recyclables into “noise-makers with a hint of musicality.” They are welcome to march in the parade with the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble Band!
There are many sister events to the Festival in Roswell the same weekend, including the Roswell Daily Record’s Roswell Incident which will again bring in UFO historians, journalists, investigators, a scientist and a former United Kingdom Ministry of Defence UFO investigator to speak on a variety of subjects related to the 1947 incident. The seventh annual Galacticon is held at the Roswell Mall and features vendor booths, comic-book collectibles, artists, Cosplay, gaming, workshops and panels. It also includes a Sci-Fi Film Festival and Steampunk Ball. Actor Miko Hughes from the Roswell TV series, as well as other movies, will be on hand for photo opportunities. In addition, the Challenges to ET Conference will be happening at the Roswell Mall, with more than 30 speakers presenting various theories about the crash, UFOs and “aliens”.
To learn more about all the events taking place for the 2017 UFO Festival, we recommend visiting the event website at www.ufofestivalroswell.com.