Roswell Marks 65th Anniversary of Roswell UFO Incident

Editor | - June 21, 2012

"Was is just a weather balloon?"

In early July, 1947, a mysterious object crashed on a ranch 30 miles north of Roswell. The Roswell Army Air Field (RAAF) issued a statement claiming to have recovered a crashed "flying disk." An article ran on the front page of the Roswell Daily Record and the next day, RAAF changed its statement to say that the object was a weather balloon, not a flying disk as they previously reported. This revised statement sparked immediate controversy and has continued to be a topic of debate more  than  65  years  later. Was it just a weather balloon? Uncover the cover-up and  see the mystery and excitement for yourself, June 29-July 1, 2012!

The City of Roswell along with Mainstreet Roswell, Roswell Parks and Recreation, Roswell Museum and Art Center and The Roswell Runners Club are inviting UFO enthusiasts and skeptics alike, to join in the celebration of one of the most debated incidents in history. This year’s three-day event sees the return of several fan favorites, such as featured guest speakers, authors, live entertainment, Alien and Pet Costume Contests and parade, plus, a low-rider and funny car show and contest. more family-friendly activities and a section just for kids!

Lodging options are still available, including many hotels within a two mile-radius of the event, as well as a shaded Recreational Vehicle Camp Ground.  Animal Day Care is available locally for your traveling companions.  Roswell also has public bus transportation with Pecos Trails Transit.  Transportation from the parking areas will be furnished by the  local Lions Club. The majority of the events will be held downtown, with very few exceptions.  All events are within walking distance.

For more information about the  2012 Roswell UFO Festival, visit or call 1-888-ROSFEST (767-3378).  You can also follow the festival on Facebook or on Twitter

Aliens aren’t the only ones who find Roswell intriguing! From  UFO’s  to  culture, Roswell has something for everyone.  Visitors can indulge in Southwestern cuisine, art and entertainment.  With beautiful  parks and mor than 300 days of sunshine, Roswell offers small-town charm, with an endless variety of activities for all ages. 

Was it just a weather  balloon? Visit Roswell during the 65th Anniversary and see it for yourself!  For more information, call the Roswell Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-888-ROSWELL,  (575) 624-7704 or visit us online at

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