Are we alone? If there is life on other planets, are the life forms friendly to earthlings or do they just view us as a nuisance or a protein source? The existence of alien life has been discussed by everyone from astronomers, to astrologers to truck drivers who swear to the tabloids that they were abducted by little green men.
From May 14 to May 17, 2015 McMenamins will present their UFO Festival at the Hotel Oregon in McMinnville, Oregon. The festival will feature presentations by a witness, an abductee, a researcher, a nuclear physicist and the director of the UFO Reporting Center.
The festival originated sixteen years ago, to honor the famous sighting on Trent Farm, in which a UFO was photographed. To this day it is considered the most credible image of a UFO ever taken.
The festival kicks off On Thursday, May 14 with the live radio broadcast of Ground Zero with paranormal expert Clyde Lewis at Mattie’s Room in the Hotel Oregon. Patrons can toss back few drinks while listening to the acerbic Mr. Lewis discuss alien life with his guests.
If you’d rather see a lecture you can head on over to the McMinnville Community Center where alleged alien abductee Travis Walton will give a lecture. He is the author of the book Fire in the Sky which details his own close encounter.
On Friday, May 15 The McMinnville Downtown Association will present The Launching Party which is free and open to the public. The event will take place in US Bank Plaza from 3:00 P.M to 8:00 P.M. and feature vendor booths, art work and dance demonstrations.
Kathleen Marden an abduction expert will speak at the McMinnville Community Center at 3:00 p.m. Ms. Marden is considered to be the world’s foremost authority on The Betty and Barney Hill abductions which were alleged to have taken place in 1961. The middle class, liberal couple from New Hampshire claimed to have been briefly abducted by aliens on their way back from a Niagara Falls vacation.
At 7:00 P.M. the Community Center will host nuclear physicist, Stanton T. Friedman who wrote the book, The Truth about Operation Majestic 12. Majestic 12 was an alleged committee formed by U.S. President Harry S. Truman to investigate of alien space crafts.
On Friday night you can sip some moon juice and enjoy the sweet sounds of Kirby Swatosh & The Moon Rock Patrol. Mr. Swatosh and his band are regulars at the festival and play what they call “Spaced out Rock.” There will also be live music from The Strange Tones at Mattie’s Room.
If you have ever wondered what President Obama is looking at when he turns his eyes the sky, you may want to get up early on Saturday and head to the Community Center. Grant Cameron who is an expert on U.S. presidential UFO knowledge, will speak at 10:00 a.m.
In addition to Mr. Cameron’s lecture Saturday brings the UFO parade to town where you are sure to see some truly imaginative costumes. There will also be a food, beer and gift tent, where people can buy other worldly souvenirs or possibly that aluminum hat you’ve been wanting. At 3:00 p.m. participants can attend the Willamette Radio Workshop presentation of The Martian Death March and Planet Man.
Whatever you do don’t take off the costume you wore to the parade. The evening will end with a costume ball featuring music from Big Mamma Gayle and her Sugar Daddies.
The Festival ends On Sunday, May 17 with breakfast with Peter Davenport who is the director of the UFO Reporting Center at Mattie’s Room.
Event goers can buy a VIP pass to the event for $70 which will get you in to all the speaker events. Meals must be purchased separately. If you don’t feel like driving back and forth from Portland the Hotel Oregon and many other hotels in McMinnville are offering discounts and package deals.
Eliza Gale – PortlandMetroLive Contributor
Eliza Gale began her blogging career interviewing aspiring actors and industry professionals on a Los Angeles based website called Curvewire. She started www.elizagalesintervviews in 2012 and has interviewed over three hundred people about their jobs and businesses since then. She has contributed many interviews to 360drinks.com, which is a Portland based happy-hour website. She also writes for Examiner.com and AXS.com.