Roswell, New Mexico hosts a UFO festival every year in July and we were lucky enough to participate this year. Roswell is a relatively small town that capitalizes on an alleged UFO landing years ago. Now the entire town is dressed up in the alien them from the street lights to the restaurants.
Aliens Welcome at Arbys
Alien at Dominos
Alien light posts
The main strip had a little street fair with all sorts of alien merchanidise, bands, food and even a bicycle zoo. All this takes place right outside the capital building that also happens to be in green. We hit up a restaurant right by the town called Peppers for dinner just before the light parade.
Even the capitol is green
Our new alien friend
Curt with alien
Even pink aliens
Our camp chairs were parked on the curb in front of Sonic for atleast an hour before the parade as it was advertised as one of the best events of the festival. Unfortunately this did no come to fruition. The parade was actually only about 4 minutes long and a disappointment to many.
car in light parade
kids in light parade
Satrday morning the town did a bit better with the Alien Chase 5K that was through a lot of parks. People had their chance to dress up as aliens and several took the opportunity.
Alien Chase 5K
After breakfast at Denny's we came back to the Convention Center for the pet costume contest that was hilarious. The photos speak for themselves here.
dog in cotest
Pet costume contest
we could have done this to Emma
Inside the convention center they were screening a documetary on he true story of Travis Walton. He was allegedly abducted by aliens and was available in person or questioning afterwards. The movie Fire in the Sky is a Hollywood production of his story as well.
All weekend long at the convention center and UFO museum various speakers talke on all topics alien. We went to another talk by Stanton Friedman on the Real Majestic 12 with a packed audience but I just couldn't hold my attention to that and we left early.
The Elks in Roswell was offering a free BBQ dinner to all veterans and it seems crazy to pass up free food. We met an interesting couple from Albuquerque and watched the fireworks with them.
The fireworks show was one of the best I have seen. Not only was the main show quite long but the view of the surrounding area was extensive For the entire hour prior all around us the town was setting off personal fireworks, it felt like a 3D show.
Our last day was just a bit of shopping and lunch at the Pasta Cafe before driving home. I got lobster ravioli that I am pretty sure they made by hand. Delicious and a great little getaway.