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When folks think Pendleton, they think Round-Up. I say we should get them thinking “flying saucers.”

The East Oregonian broke the UFO story 70 years ago that introduced the world to flying saucers, a whole new culture and more. Pendleton has done next to nothing with that history.

Over in McMinnville, a sighting and pair of saucer pics from 1950 spurred McMenamins to hold a UFO festival. The McMenamins Hotel Oregon wrapped up UFOfest No. 19 in May.

Several ufologists — yes, that’s a term — held forth on everything from the history of UFOs in the Northwest to alien abductions. Each audience was typically a few hundred large. Each seat came with a ticket that cost at least $20.

Festival organizers estimated the crowd peaked at 10,000 for the big Saturday UFO Parade.

I checked out that scene in my research for a feature on Ken Arnold’s famous sighting of June 24, 1947, and the EO’s reporting then on the sighting. I heard some incredible claims.

The one that resonates with me was from John, the guy I happened to sit next to for a breakfast presentation. Slim, middle aged, mild mannered, a father, John told the story of the night several years when he saw an alien.

He told the story like the hunter who recalls missing the big buck. John was not shy about what he saw, was not embarrassed. This thing happened. Only the thing was a reptilian alien who locked eyes with him early one morning. Kind of became John’s defining moment.

I’m not judging.

And neither should Pendleton. The community has welcomed cowboys and rodeo fans for more than a hundred years. We’ve been friendly to lovers of small high school basketball since the mid-’60s. And this July will mark the third year we’ve opened doors to several thousand people who love motorcycles.

UFOs might be out of this world, but we know what tourism dollars can do. And as strange as aliens might seem, Round-Up packs plenty of weirdness.

Now, I told John I was a reporter, I think I even gave him a business card. I’m not outing him because he revealed his story in the relative comfort and safety of fellow UFO and alien believers.

And that’s the core of it. Folks like to gather to discuss, debate, and celebrate what they are passionate for. That’s about as downright human as it gets, and that’s the very atmosphere Pendleton can provide.


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