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Planning continues for July festivals, activities

Christina Stock Photo Galacticon took place inside the remodeled Roswell Convention & Civic Center in 2019.

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Roswell Galacticon coordinator Elaine Mayfield announced in a press release earlier this week that the event’s committee is continuing to plan Galacticon for July 3 to July 5 inside the Roswell Convention & Civic Center, while the UFO Festival takes place in the parking lot at DeBremond Stadium.

Mayfield mentioned that the city was moving its Fourth of July celebration to the stadium. In an email, public affairs director for the city of Roswell Juanita Jennings confirmed this. “Fourth of July will be moved to DeBremond Stadium only,” Jennings wrote. “We are not quite ready to release details about what we have planned, but we can confirm that we are moving forward with the Fourth of July celebration. The team is working on finalizing logistics and moving forward.

“The UFO Festival, which is done by (Roswell) MainStreet, is hosting the vendors and will also have entertainment in DeBremond. We’re collaborating efforts to make it a great celebration that is much needed and looking forward to.”

Jennings wrote that details, including who the headlining performer will be, will be released in early May.

While Mayfield and the volunteers of Galacticon are hoping for the best — they are still prepared for the worst.

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“We are right in that grey time period that is seeing many events cancelled and others hanging on to the last minute, but could have to cancel if the pandemic continues,” she wrote. “Currently all entities are proceeding with plans for the 2020 events. The city manager Joe Neeb and (Jennings) have been very supportive.”

This year, Roswell Galacticon is celebrating its 10th anniversary. It evolved from the Roswell Sci-Fi Film Fest in 2011. The CosmiCon, later changed to the Roswell Galacticon, was added in 2012, featuring vendor booths, science fiction and fantasy genre celebrities and an animal and human cosplay contest.

“It has always been held the same weekend as the Roswell UFO Festival to add another coordinated event for the thousands of visitors on the Fourth of July weekend,” Mayfield wrote. “Several entities and events work together to make this weekend one of the biggest for Roswell and the business community.”


Mayfield considers that visitor numbers may be lower this year, but she wrote that the combined events will be important for all.

“There are already several returning vendors signed up and guest contracts are underway,” she wrote. “Several activities have been added or expanded this year, including a children’s’ area and increase in gaming. Anyone interested in applying for a booth or artists table can find the information on the website.”

Mayfield wrote that being in the new Roswell Convention & Civic Center contributed to a 26% increase in attendance last year. “The excellent facility and its staff helped make the 2019 Galacticon the biggest success yet,” she wrote.

This year, the Galacticon vendor hall inside the convention center will feature artists and merchandise again, including the new Star Child Space Station for children’s activities, the Virtual Reality Experience, and a greatly expanded gaming area. “The wildly popular annual Steampunk Ball is planned for Friday, July 3 at the Convention Center after the parade,” Mayfield wrote.

Mayfield wrote, “We eagerly anticipate gearing up in May and as soon as the stay home order is lifted, we will work together to make the Galacticon the premier family event of Roswell.”

According to Mayfield, the Roswell Galacticon SciFi Film Fest already received a record number of films that were submitted for judging before the deadline closed last month. “They come from all over the United States and include several International entries,” Mayfield wrote.

For more information, visit RoswellGalacticon.com and its social media sites on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Information about the Roswell SciFi Film Fest is available at RoswellFilmCon.com.

Christina Stock may be contacted at 622-7710, ext. 309, or at vision@rdrnews.com.


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