Sunday, May 15, 2011

50th Anniversary Triggered UFO Fest Idea

50th anniversary triggered UFO Fest idea

By Camille Jacobson-Ingram

     As locals and visitors join in ringing in McMinnville’s 12th annual UFO festival, it’s a good time to reflect on the history of the event.

McMenamins Hotel Oregon took the lead in establishing the event, and continues to be a central player.

As the McMenamin brothers were completing renovation of the four-story downtown landmark, they had company historian Tim Wells researching ways to tie the hotel to the community. He hit on a purported UFO sighting that made headlines around the world.

“The year we opened the hotel was the 50th anniversary of the sighting,” Wells said. “We decided to contact a famous UFO expert in Pennsylvania and have him come to Hotel Oregon to commemorate the event.

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