ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – It’s a unique event you will only find in New Mexico and it has thousands from all over the U.S. visiting this weekend.
It’s said to be the largest gathering celebrating all things extra-terrestrial—and it takes place in southeast New Mexico.
“Wanted to here for a while, but we made it this year we figured,” Diana and Hector Garcia, visitors from Florida, said.
“Ever since you’re a little kid you hear about Roswell and the aliens,” Erica Cheever, from Texas, said.
Roswell’s UFO Festival attracts thousands from all over the U.S. every year with several even dressing to impress.
“We’re seeing all walks of life, human and non-human. We have pets in costumes, we have people that are aliens. We have people that we don’t even know what they are,” Juanita Jennings, the city’s Director of Public Relations, said.
The gathering kicked off Friday and lasts through the weekend.
“We’ve been planning this trip for like a year maybe,” Megan Runge, from Indiana, said.
People say it’s something they can finally check off their bucket lists.
“We’ve never been to Roswell and it has a lot of history, and we thought it would be a lot of fun, and so far it has been,” Erica Cheever, from Texas, said.
UFO believers say they come to explore conspiracies for themselves, and to learn more about the alleged spaceship crash in 1947.
“We have a theory too. They’re hiding right now in the Bottomless Lake. We made that determination that our relatives would be there,” Diana and Hector Garcia said.
“I do believe them. I think there’s just a lot of evidence that backs it up, even though they tried to cover it up,” Megan Runge said.
The event offers activities for the whole family. This year features new attractions, including a spacewalk with black lights and animations, and a virtual reality spaceport.
“Our city is energized and full of life, and ready to give them our best showing,” Jennings said.
Main Street will remain closed from Fifth Street to Second Street until Monday morning. Highway 70 through town is still open.
Organizers say last year’s crowd topped out at 16,000, but this year is expected to be bigger and better than ever. The festival runs from July 5 through July 7.