1996’s first UFO Festival was a grassroots event planned by the UFO Museum and other local enthusiasts/businesses, with absolutely no city planning or involvement (aside from street closures, etc). The city only began to participate with UFO Festival activities and funding in time for 2007’s 60th crash anniversary, but has since proven to be an “on-again-off-again” presence.

In brief, the UFO Festival flourished for 10 years and became known worldwide 100% without city involvement. It’s also safe to say that there have been more festivals without any city involvement than with.