From: Stig Agermose <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2002 02:56:55 +0200 Fwd Date: Tue, 25 Jun 2002 22:01:34 -0400 Subject: Re: Roswell UFO Festival 2002 Source: Arizona Reporter, http://azreporter.com/dailybuzz/coolevents/ufofestival.html Stig *** Source: City of Roswell Published: Friday, May 24, 2002 ** ROSWELL, N.M. -- E.T.'s family will "phone home" to Roswell this Fourth of July weekend for the annual UFO Festival which began in 1997. Dee Wallace Stone, who played Elliott's mother on the beloved Steven Spielberg classic "E.T. The Extra Terrestrial," headlines a weekend that's all about the aliens in Roswell, NM. Thousands of visitors from around the world will once again descend upon Roswell, New Mexico for the festival, which runs from July 4 through July 7, 2002. The theme for this year, After 55 Years, the Mystery Continues, encourages visitors to do some research and come to their own conclusion about the mysterious object that landed in Roswell 55 years ago. During the first week of July in 1947, a New Mexico rancher discovered metal debris and a large trench, several hundred feet long, while checking on his sheep. He reported the debris to authorities, who released information that a "crashed disk" had been discovered. Later, the information was amended, saying that wreckage was the remains of a weather balloon, not a flying saucer. The activities of that time would come to be known as the "Roswell Incident." And, to this day, there are those that believe that the government is covering up knowledge of aliens. Highlights of the weeklong festivities include the Electric Light UFO Parade, the UFO/Alien Ball, the Alien Marketplace of sci-fi vendor booths, an alien costume contest, guest speakers, puppet shows, model airplanes, night golf and the Alien Chase 5K and 10K walk/run and of course - aliens. The Roswell Spacewalk allows the young and the young at heart to get a glimpse of the past, present and future. Blacklights will illuminate art created, painted and installed by Roswell volunteers that takes viewers from 1947 to the present and beyond. Get a glimpse of hundreds of aliens trekking through Main Street in this year's Alien Parade. Spectators from around the world converge on the city to watch aliens of all shapes and sizes from galaxies near and far revel in the alien fun. Prizes will be awarded for extraterrestrial creativity. Experts on UFO phenomena from around the country will present symposiums, round-table discussions and lectures at the International UFO Museum and Research Center and the Roswell Convention Center. George Fawcett will speak about recent UFO happening and their implications on July 5 at 1 p.m. At 7 p.m., Jim Moseley will present "True Weird Personal Experiences of a Skeptical Believer." Stanton Friedman will speak at 7 p.m. on July 6. Friedman, one of the most recognized and respected UFO experts in North America, is an author and nuclear physicist and is often referred to as the "Father of Roswell." Dee Wallace Stone of "E.T. The Extra Terrestrial" fame, will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the movie by appearing at all major events to sign autographs and speak with fans and aliens alike. Music at this year's festival includes R&B, jump, funk and swing music by Chris Daniels and the Kings, as well as Native American flutist Doug Bluefeather, and MIB which will rattle Roswell with its space-age symphonic rock. From UFOs to culture, Roswell, New Mexico has something for everyone. Visitors can indulge in Southwestern cuisine, art and entertainment. With numerous parks and beautiful weather year round, Roswell offers small-town charm with an endless variety of activities for all ages. For more information call the Roswell Chamber of Commerce at (505) 623-5695 or visit online at www.roswell-nm.com . ** The "Cool Event" newsletter is a brief synopsis of an upcoming festival, concert or event somewhere in the United States or around the world. The our newsletter is intended to help people who are planning to travel or vacation this summer or fall to find unique destinations. You can subscribe at: http://www.azreporter.com/feedback.html Just enter your e-mail address and type "SUBSCRIBE COOL EVENTS" in the subject box.
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