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UFO Festival dates confirmed; organizers seek sponsors

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MainStreet Roswell has announced the 2019 UFO Festival will be held July 5-7 in Roswell.

This marks the 24th year of the festival and 72nd anniversary of the much-debated 1947 “Roswell Incident” that many believe involved a UFO crashing on a ranch near Roswell.

Fascination with the incident annually draws UFO enthusiasts and skeptics alike to the festival.

Visitors have a chance to explore questions such as: Did aliens crash in Roswell? Do UFOs exist? How was Roswell instrumental in developing modern-day space exploration?

The annual event continues to grow with worldwide attention. Roswell has been featured in books, television shows and movies, UFO panels and more.

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Roswell is an iconic destination and the UFO Festival includes events and activities for believers and non-believers, according to a press release from MainStreet Roswell.

The 2019 Festival has a little something for everyone, no matter how old — or what planet visitors may call home.

“In 2018 we began to highlight space exploration and the impact New Mexico has,” said Juliana Halvorson, event organizer. “Dr. Robert H. Goddard tested his rockets near Roswell, and the Roswell Museum and Art Center has preserved his legacy with a re-creation of his workshop. The International UFO Museum and Research Center is located here as well. New Mexico is home to SpacePort America, the New Mexico Museum of Space History and White Sands Missile Range. We would like people to realize how important our state is to developing space history.”

The three-day event will include classic and popular annual events such as the Cielo Grande Veterinary Center/Rio Pecos Kennel Club Alien Pet Contest, the Alien Costume Contest, the Xcel Energy UFO Electric Light Parade and Pioneer Bank Alien Hat Making/Family Craft Area.

Dancing Light Promotions, an innovative entertainment company focused on conceiving and creating live musical experiences, is scheduling this year’s entertainment.

Street entertainment will include the Star Wars 501st Dewback Ridge Garrison; crowd favorite street entertainer Obediah; and an occasional visit by aliens.

Visitors are encouraged to dress as aliens for the festival.

The Runyan Ranch Petting Zoo will also be a returning feature of the Festival this year.

The Festival Committee is inviting sponsors to help bring the three-day event to life. Sponsorship is tax deductible and will help make this event memorable for visitors and residents alike.

Naming rights for specific events are also available.

Information on sponsor levels and forms are available at www.ufofestivalroswell.com.

Downtown will be filled with local merchants, street vendors and food. With 130 available booth spaces for the event, spaces are chosen by the vendor on a first-come, first-served basis, according to MainStreet Roswell’s press release. Power is available for select booths.

The number of vendors offering the same category of goods are limited. Vendors are required to purchase a City of Roswell Business License. There is special pricing for early bird applications. Applications sent after May 31 will be billed additional fees.

There will also be limited spaces for non-profit or service organizations educating the public.

Vendors are encouraged to download the vendor form at www.ufofestivalroswell.com.

The principal sponsor of the UFO Festival is the City of Roswell, which provides funding for the event through lodgers’ tax revenues. MainStreet Roswell is a local non-profit organization dedicated to developing and enhancing a strong local economy and is the event organizer.

In addition to visiting the event website, www.ufofestivalroswell.com, more information about this year’s UFO Festival can be obtained from MainStreet Roswell at 575-914-8018.