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Tourism council discusses recent, upcoming events

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The Roswell Tourism Council met on Monday to discuss plans for upcoming tourism opportunities and the results of recent events.

A recap of Fourth of July festivities was provided. The fireworks show saw a drop compared to last year’s 75th anniversary installment, but attendance was still high, it was reported.

The July 5-7 Galacticon, put on independently this year with a $5 admission charge, saw more than 2,000 attendees. This year’s theme was considered a success.

One of the most well-attended events during the July 6-8 UFO Festival was the Alien Pet Costume Contest, with more than 500 people in attendance.

It was reported that the Miniatures and Curious Collections Museum in downtown Roswell will be open Aug. 11 for a “fun(d)raising event” from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

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Featured will be live music, prizes, food carts and snow cones, and starting at 4 p.m. there will be a cash bar. The museum was partially open during the recent UFO Festival. A Mars Experience will be added for the museum’s grand opening in early December, and prior to that there will be a miniature quilt show Sept. 14-15.

The Robert H. Goddard Planetarium had more than 900 visitors during the UFO Festival, it was reported. The planetarium will host a pair of lecture series, on Aug. 4 and Aug. 18 at 2 p.m. on both days. The planetarium’s shows run through the end of August, and the Peter Hurd exhibit is open until Sept. 15.

The Heritage Dinner for the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico will be Aug. 7. The silent auction begins at 6 p.m. and dinner begins at 7 p.m.

This year, the Merced and Francisca González family will be honored at the annual dinner.

The Rio Pecos Kennel Club will host its annual dog show Aug. 8-9 starting at 8 a.m. More than 350 dogs are expected to be at the event, held at the Roswell Adult and Recreation Center.

The 17th annual Dragonfly Festival takes place Sept. 8 at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, and the annual Jazz Festival will take place Oct. 17-21 — it is expected to bring in big crowds.

There is a “Rock N Roll Run” in the works, with organizers shooting for the first weekend of November, it was reported Monday. The event will include live local bands.

Gov. Susana Martinez has reported that state tourism is up 19 percent since 2011, and 35.4 million trips were taken in New Mexico in 2017 — with nearly 23 million of those originating from outside the state.