Roswell 2013 UFO Festival


Roswell New Mexico, a town that grew from only two adobe buildings in 1869, once again hosted a well attended UFO Festival July 5-7, 2013. The three day festival featured guest speakers, authors, live entertainment, a costume contest, a pet costume contest, parade, and many family friendly activities.

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Roswell New Mexico

If you have not yet attended one of these events you may want to consider doing so next July. The Roswell UFO Festivalis an annual event which brings together authors, scientists and others who have investigated the 1947 events there. It was a long time ago that reports first surfaced that a UFO and it’s occupants had crashed about forty miles northwest of town. The crash site today is on ranch land. While decades have passed, the interest in the subject has not faded. If anything it has grown.

Discussing the Facts of Roswell

A key part of the festival are the lectures and panel discussions comprised of people who have meticulously investigated the crash. This is not a wild conspiracy discussion but rather a detailed presentation of the evidence collected through decades of research. It’s essentially a discussion and presentation of the facts.

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Jesse Marcel Jr. and daughter at Roswell 2013 event

Among the 2013 research participants were nuclear physicist Stanton Friedman who it can be said was the man who began serious inquiry into the Roswell crash during the 1970’s. Many may have heard of Stanton Friedman through his years of discussion as a guest on the radio program Coast to Coast. In fact, it was Friedman’s analysis of what occurred outside Roswell in 1947 that encouraged others to join the unofficial investigation.

Another key attendee and lecturer at the 2013 Roswell UFO Festival was Donald R. Schmitt. Scmitt along with Kevin D. Randal are the authors of several books regarding the Roswell UFO crash. These include The Roswell Files and UFO Crash at Roswell. Donald R. Schmitt is the former co-director of the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies, where he served as Director of Special Investigations for ten years. Prior to that, he was a special investigator for the late Dr. J. Allen Hynek for the International UFO Reporter.

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Roswell UFO Museum and Research Center

Another very interesting guest at the 2013 event was Jesse Marcel Jr. Marcel is the son of the first military officer present at the Roswell crash site. Marcel Jr., a physician,  wrote the book The Roswell Legacy. Jesse Marcel Jr. was eleven years old when his father Major Jesse Marcel Sr., after visiting the crash site with Chaves County sheriff George Wilcox and rancher William Brazel,  brought small debris from the crash site home in a box.

Jesse Marcel Jr. chronicles the sequence of events and describes the type of material he viewed first hand. He also strives to clear up some of the misconceptions about the crash and of his father’s role in the series of events that unfolded afterward including the supposed display of crash debris at the Army Airfield in Fort Worth Texas. Marcel Sr. later in life denied that the material displayed in the official photograph with General Remy in Ft. Worth was material retrieved from the crash site. General Remy’s command at the time included the Roswell Army Airfield at which Major Jesse Marcel Sr. was stationed.. That statement alone says quite a lot and created many more questions than answers.

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Panel discussion at Roswell 2013. Stanton Friedman is at center. Donald R. Schmitt is second from right

Visiting Roswell New Mexico

The Roswell UFO Festival is an annual event. The International UFO Museum and Research Center is open year round. The museum has a treasure trove of UFO information and photos taken from around the world. It also has documents and written testimony given by various citizens of Roswell at the time of the incident. Whether you are a skeptic or believer in UFO’s you will enjoy a visit to this quite unique museum. There is quite a bit of tangible information presented at the museum and it’s essentially up to the visitor to decide for him or her self whether the available evidence supports the crash theory. One of the most interesting exhibits at the Roswell Museum is the section detailing the timeline of events in 1947 and the testimony of solid citizens of the community.

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On our Western Trips site you’ll enjoy our tour of the Roswell UFO Museum.

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roswell crash site model exhibit

Roswell New Mexico is located about 190 miles southeast of Albuquerque and about 200 miles northeast of El Paso Texas. An interesting fact is that Roswell has been the home to New Mexico Military Institute since 1891.The institute serves as a four year high school and two year junior college. Some of it’s most noteworthy graduates include Conrad Hilton, Roger Staubach, and news reporter Sam Donaldson.

Visitors to the area will find many excellent hotels and restaurants in Roswell. In addition to the annual festival and the International UFO Museum and Research Center, the Carlsbad Caverns National Park is located about 75 miles  south of Roswell.

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Roswell UFO Festival / New Mexico

Most people know of Roswell New Mexico as being ground zero for the reported crash of an alien fling disc in July 1947. In fact, there is probably no other place on earth where an alien flying craft made history than outside of this town in southeastern New Mexico. The story of Roswell New Mexico and the events that reportedly occurred there more than sixty years ago seems to get bigger as each decade passes.

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Roswell UFO Parade

The thing that has always been debated about the Roswell UFO crash of 1947 was whether or not it really occurred. Immediately after the first local newspaper headlines confirming the crash, the army steadfastly denied that it happened. The official story from the military was that what crashed was a weather balloon. Needless to say, this version of events has been vehemently denied for the past sixty five years from all corners of the research world. The main issue that arose was, if indeed only a weather balloon crashed in 1947, then why was some of the highest ranking officers involved with the event. Why was the army’s top brass flown into Roswell New Mexico? Why was there so many armed guards present at the crash site and in front of the army airfield hangar? All this for a weather balloon crash in the New Mexico desert? In addition to this, as the years passed, there have been reported statements from both citizens and retired military that what crashed north of Roswell was indeed an alien spaceship or flying saucer.

The annual UFO Festival really has something to offer for everyone. The UFO Museum and Research Center is filled with interesting artifacts and first person stories of people who lived in Roswell at the time of the alleged crash in 1947. Out of all of the evidence presented at the UFO Museum and Research Center, the first person stories from people involved in some aspect of the incident are probably the most interesting artifacts of the era.The stories detailed at the museum come from reliable sources who would appear to have no real motive to make something up, especially during the latter years of their lives. Included is a reported statement made by the then Lt. Governor of New Mexico who allegedly was present in Roswell at the time of the incident.

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Alien Costume Contest

During the festival itself, there are many presentations and panel discussions from UFO experts, authors and researchers from across the nation. During the 2012 Festival there were discussions ranging from what some of the involved military officers said about the incident later in life to presentations about alleged implants into humans from alien visitors. For sure, just about every aspect of the UFO incident in Roswell New Mexico was presented. You’ll be able to enjoy multimedia presentations about UFOs and related paranormal topics. Lectures and presentations were scheduled from June 28th through July 1st. Anyone questioning the events of June/July 1947 in Roswell should probably hold off judgement until they have a chance to visit the UFO Museum and look through the written evidence and exhibits. This of course can be done anytime during the year.

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Childrens Parade in Roswell New Mexico

In addition to the above, festival goers can enjoy a unique, one of a kind, parade down Roswell’s main street and attend an alien costume contest. Also, a laser light show was presented at the Robert H. Goddard Planetarium located 100 W. 11th St. in Roswell.  If you’re looking for entertainment of a more earthly nature, you’ll enjoy the several bands and singing groups also highlighted on main street stages and on the courthouse lawn. As you can imagine, there are plenty of games and attractions for the young ones making the Roswell UFO Festival a family event.

You may also be interested in our article and photos of the Roswell UFO Museum.

Roswell is located about 200 miles southeast of Albuquerque and about a 200 mile drive northeast of El Paso Texas and about a 170 mile drive west of Lubbock Texas.

(Photos from author’s private collection)