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Friday event will bring UFO Festival organizers, public together

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The public will be able to learn about plans for the 2021 UFO Festival and offer ideas for it at a come-and-go event Friday.

The UFO Festival stakeholder meeting will be from noon to 2 p.m. in the gym of the Roswell Recreation and Aquatic Center, Public Affairs Director Juanita Jennings said.

Representatives from In Depth Events, a McKinney, Texas company the city hired to organize the festival, will be at the meeting. Jennings and Stephanie Mervine, sports tourism director and interim recreation director, will also be there.

“It’s an opportunity to meet our event organizers and a chance for them to hear from some of the stakeholders,” Jennings said.

Jennings said the city and In Depth Events are proceeding with plans for an in-person festival, scheduled July 2-4. Last year’s festival was canceled due to the pandemic, although some events were conducted online. MainStreet Roswell had a merchandise tent available and conducted its Passport Program offering a gift bag in return for a passport book stamped by downtown merchants.

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MainStreet Roswell had organized the festival in previous years but in August, it and the city agreed to let the city assume management. The city hired In Depth Events in October, using the $40,000 it had previously paid MainStreet to manage the festival.

A team from the company has visited Roswell and has virtual meetings with city staff through the planning process, Jennings and Mervine reported at a city Finance Committee meeting in February.

MainStreet will conduct its own AlienFest downtown July 1 to 3.

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