Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Tourists invade Roswell for UFO Festival

Alien Head
By Heather Burke & Todd Dukart

     ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE-KBIM) - As Roswell's annual UFO festival approaches, tourists and television networks are headed to town in droves.

The theme this year: "Absolutely everyone will be here." And that's just what organizers are banking on.

"We've always wanted to come here," said Erin Files. "We're very interested in science fiction."

Roswell, of course, is where a mysterious object crashed in early July 1947. While some believe it was just a weather balloon, others think the object was an alien ship.

Either way, about 8,000 humans are expected to converge on the city through the weekend.

The UFO Museum, its gift shop and other area businesses are also getting ready for the expected rush.

The festival kicks off Thursday at 5 a.m., when Dave Price of the CBS "Early Show" broadcasts live from the Roswell Convention and Visitors Center.

From there, shows, vendors and lecturers will take off - at least figuratively.

The whole kit and caboodle ends Sunday at 7:30.

The CBS "Early Show," as is standard for network morning news, is tape-delayed in New Mexico. It airs at 7 a.m., right after KRQE News 13 In the Morning.

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