Out of this world
In July 1947, a controversial “flying disk’’ crashed on a ranch 30 miles north of Roswell, N.M. The local Army unit claimed it was nothing more than a weather balloon, but others believed it was an unidentified flying object. Today, the city holds the Roswell UFO Festival, drawing everyone from serious scholars who lecture on topics like “Crop Circles: Making Contact’’ to people dressed as coneheads who doll up their dogs for the Alien Pet Costume Contest.
Bring your pipe cleaners, tin foil, and glitter, and learn how to make alien headgear, visit the International UFO Museum, take in a flick during the Aliens in Cinema Film Festival, attend an ice cream social at the world’s only UFO-shaped McDonald’s, and shop for alien food and memorabilia at the Galactic Market.