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Monday, July 5, 2010

Roswell, New Mexico... UFO Festival


The last stop on my journey to Eastern New Mexico was Roswell. I'm sure most of you are familiar with the 1947 "Roswell Incident," a purported Government cover up of UFO activity. A friend of mine recommended I go to the UFO Museum pictured above. I have to say, it was pretty interesting to say the least. Lots of newspaper clippings & affidavits about the events of 1947, as well as research into "sightings" all over the world. After touring the museum, it seems their was definitely a cover-up of some sort... maybe not of the Alien nature, but perhaps something top secret that the government did not want the public to be aware of. In any case, the town of Roswell has certainly capitalized on these events... and as luck would have it, I was passing through during the annual UFO festival~ a four day event that brings in an estimated 20,000 tourists, with various activities going on... from films to talks, parades & races, to lots of food & many booths set up to sell various UFO paraphernalia like t-shirts, books, mugs, stuffed aliens... even Alien salsa! I partook in the "Alien Chase 5K" & got this really cool T-shirt!


I know what you're thinking... but no, it is not an Alien abduction going on... it's just the camera flash, folks! But seriously, good thing there were no Aliens, 'cause my running was so slow they'd have caught me for sure! I also went to the parade... because, well who doesn't want to watch a bunch of people dressed as Aliens taking to the streets! There were a couple of Movie Stars in the parade, including Wes Studi (most recently of Avatar fame... though I have yet to see the film) and Zack Ward (Transformers... nope haven't seen that one either!) Sponge Bob & Elvis even showed up! I've put together a little slide show of the parade & various signs & store fronts around town to give you a view of my 24 hours in Roswell~

6 comments:

Barb said...

Oh, Becky - deja vu - I just read an article about Roswell in the NYTimes and here you are posting about it! Nothing like a little alien celebration for the 4th!

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

cool photos. I am glad you are enjoying the Sedona photos on my website.

Annie said...

What fun! I enjoyed your video and the music of course, was perfect.
Where will you end up? When does the job start? xoxo

Pat said...

We stopped at Roswell a couple of years ago. I loved it! Unfortunately it wasn't during the festival. We, too, went to the museum. I'm a believer, my husband? Not so much. I love how EVERYTHING has an alien on it in the town, event the lamp posts! Great video!

KClark Photography said...

Sounds like fun. Watch out for the rest areas around there. They freaked me out a few years ago with all the rattlesnake warning signs. Made you wonder what might come slithering under the stall door. Yikes

Downstairscreator said...

Hi Becky...I was visiting your site to look at your prints again and ended up with some fun reading too!!

John