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The Utah UFO Festival will launch its second year of discovery on June 16 and 17 at Three Peaks Recreation Area.
Nathan Arizona, the festival founder who grew up in Iron County, said the UFO Festival was created after his UFO encounters in 2013.
Arizona said that he also grew up hearing about a possible amusement park similar to Six Flags. He decided when that didn’t happen he wanted to create something with a Comic Con feel to it.
“I love my community, I want to change the culture in a way and bring the show business here,” he said.
In the first UFO Festival, 350 people showed —including many from around the country. This year, Arizona said he hopes for more with 1500 posters being posted in Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, St. George and Mesquite.
Camping for the event is free within the Three Peaks Recreation area. Arizona said the set up will be like a drive-in movie with a stage to show movies and hear from various speakers from across the country.
Sponsors include Tink’s Superior Auto Parts, Cedar City Corporation, Cedar City-Brian Head Tourism Bureau, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Comfort Inn, Abbey Inn, Little Alien, Cherry Creek Radio, La Quinta Inn, Ramada Inn, Retro Fitness, Image Pro and more.
“A major festival highlight will be a private film screening about Bob Lazar called Area 51 Whistleblower,” according to the UFO Festival website. “This film has only had limited viewing by a few of Bob Lazar’s inner circle.”
Jim Allen, Area 51 Researcher, will be formally presenting the film with a 15-minute intro, according to the website.
Another festival highlight is Clifford Mahooty from the Zuni Pueblo Tribe in New Mexico who will be presenting followed by veteran UFO Researcher and Book Author, Christopher O’Brien from Northern Arizona.
Admission is free, but tickets must be acquired for the event. For more information check utahufofest.org.