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Strange debris clustered around the Foster Homestead in a remote area about 30 miles north of Roswell in 1947.
A foreman working on the land, William “Mack” Brazel, stumbled upon the wreckage described as “tin-foil like” and containing rubber strips and other strange materials.
In the days that followed, mysterious reports of “flying discs” were reported in the area and Brazel began to wonder if the odd refuse could have been an out-of-this-world discovery.
Local police and government officials were quick to label Brazel’s discovery as a downed weather balloon.
But 70 years later, conspiracy theorists and science fiction aficionados continue to celebrate it as a bastion of the movement to uncover life from beyond Earth.
That movement will take hold in one of its key historical locations this weekend, as Roswell’s UFO Festival will land in the city’s downtown for four days of events and panels celebrating the history of UFO theories and subculture.
The festival begins Thursday morning, and will continue through Sunday in downtown Roswell.
This year’s event marks the 70th anniversary of Brazel’s findings, now known as the “Roswell Incident.”
Several panel discussions and presentations throughout the weekend will explore this ground-breaking happening, while also celebrating science fiction culture through parades, costume contests and live music.
The festival will open with a discussion exploring the famous incident and presenting theories aimed at explaining the case titled “Roswell 1947: What Really Happened?”
On Thursday a UFO Jazz Band performance, a dramatic reading of H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds,” along with a laser show and cosplay crawl with “steampunk” karaoke is scheduled.
Panels and presentations will continue Friday with an “Alien Pet Contest” and a human costume contest on Saturday.
The electric light parade will close out Saturday’s events at 9 p.m., and Sunday will feature a limited schedule of presentations ending at 3 p.m.
Follow the Current-Argus for coverage throughout the weekend.
For the full schedule, visit the festival’s website.
Upcoming events in Eddy County
Baby Bash: Part of his Ladies Night Tour, Baby Bash will perform at 7 p.m., July 1, at the Luxe Bar & Nightclub. Tickets are $20 general admission, $30 VIP, $40 meet and greet and $65 gold meet and greet. Doors open at 6 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit holdmyticket.com.
Fourth of July celebration: The annual Independence Day parade will begin 9 a.m., July 4, from Main Street to Stevens Street, travel north on Church Street and then south on Canyon Street. The Carlsbad Water Park will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, free for children under 4 and adults over 61. The annual fireworks show will begin at dusk (around 9 p.m.) Carlsbad Municipal Transit will offer free rides between the Cascades parking lot and Carlsbad Beach, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Fourth of July party: Lucy’s Mexican Grill at the Cascades will host an Independence Day party, 4-10 p.m., July 4. For more information, call the restaurant at 575-887-0222.
All Hands on Deck: The show will feature singing, dancing, an All-American 1942 roadshow and radio broadcast reproduction. Showtime will be 7 p.m., July 6, at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center in Artesia. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at artesiaartscouncil.com or call 575-746-4212.