May 09 2013

14th Annual UFO Festival approaches!

14th Annual UFO Festival at McMenamins Hotel Oregon

 

A former administrator of the British Ministry of Defence’s UFO Project, an Area 51 researcher, a multiple-abductee experiencer and an X Files investigator will speak at the 2013 festival, set in Oregon wine country.

 

McMenamins’ 14th Annual UFO Festival will take place on Friday and Saturday, May 17 & 18, hosted by McMenamins Hotel Oregon (3130 NE Evans St., [503] 472-8427 or [888] 472-8427). The festival, set in a small town in Oregon wine country, explores and celebrates the possibility of life beyond Earth. Skeptics and believers alike are invited to events happening throughout the weekend – four expert speakers, an alien costume parade, an alien pet costume contest, live music, a specially brewed Alienator Ale and more. The event began as a way to commemorate the 1950 Trent UFO sighting in which two McMinnville citizens witnessed and photographed an unknown craft hovering in the sky, said to be some of the most credible images of UFOs to date. More than 5,000 visitors convened in downtown McMinnville for the 2012 festival and parade.

 

About the Four Speakers

Tickets are $10 per event, $12 day of (at the door), or $25 for a two-day pass; advance tickets available now at ufofest.com

 

Nick Pope • Friday, May 17 • 7 p.m.
Come and hear the secrets of the British Government’s UFO project from the man who ran it. Dubbed “the real Fox Mulder” by media, Nick Pope will talk about the history of the UK Ministry of Defense’s UFO research program, as well as discussing some of the most bizarre cases in the files, with his talk entitled, “The Real Live X-Files.” Pope will also talk about the ongoing program to declassify and release the entire archive of the UK’s UFO files. Finally, he’ll give an update on recent UFO stories, including the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure in Washington D.C., where he joined numerous other experts in testifying before a group of former congressional representatives.

 

Pope is a former employee of the UK Ministry of Defense, and had a 21-year government career. He’s now a journalist and broadcaster, recognized as a leading authority on topics such as space, fringe science, defense and intelligence.

 

George Knapp • Saturday, May 18 • 10 a.m. (first of two speakers)

 

Knapp is a two-time Peabody Award winner as well as a 19-time Emmy Award-winning journalist whose reporting on Nevada’s infamous Area 51 military base was selected by UPI as Best Individual Achievement by a Reporter (1989). Other awards include the Associated Press’s Mark Twain Award for news writing and the Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting. George is an anchor and reporter for the CBS affiliate KLAS-TV in Las Vegas and he also writes a weekly column for a Las Vegas newspaper.

 

Jim Sparks • Saturday, May 18 • 11 a.m. (second of two speakers)
Sparks is author of The Keepers, and a lecturer and expert in the abduction phenomena. His abductions began in 1988. Initially an unwilling abductee, his experiences transformed once he began to understand he was encountering intelligent advanced beings from other worlds. His talk is entitled, “The Greys: Their Nature and Purpose.”

 

Linda Moulton Howe • Saturday, May 18 • 5 p.m.
In 2009, Howe spoke at our festival to a near sold-out crowd, and we’re pleased to have her back again this year, with the talk, “Gobekli Tepe’s 12,000-Year-Old Stone Circles Enigma – Terraformed by E.T.s?” which is based on her travels and investigations into an excavation in Turkey.

 

Howe is an award-winning documentary producer, writer and director, as well as a reporter and editor for Earthfiles.com. She is currently the X-Files investigative reporter for Premiere Radio Networks’ Coast to Coast AM and Dreamland Online.

Weekend Fun For Friends & Family
You don’t need to be a UFO believer to have a great time at this festival. All are invited to enjoy events happening throughout the weekend. See ufofest.com for additional photos, along with schedule details, festival history, event tickets and beyond…

 

2013 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 

All events requiring tickets will be held at the McMinnville Community Center (600 NE Evans St.), two blocks from McMenamins Hotel Oregon.

 

Unless noted, events are free and welcome to all ages.

 

Just added: Special Edition: UFO History Pub 
We’ve added a pre-festival talk by McMenamins Historian Tim Hills on Wednesday, May 15, at Hotel Oregon at 7 p.m., where he’ll chronicle the inspiration for the UFO Festival. This free, all-ages presentation will cover the famed story of the local Trent family UFO photos, taken nearby and sparking longtime worldwide interest in phenomena that occurred here.

 

*** FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2013 ***

 

McMinnville Downtown Association presents: “Landing Party”
• Vendor booths on Davis (3rd to 4th) and in the US Bank plaza, 3 p.m. ’til 8 p.m.
• Alien drumming jam
• Stage and beer garden in the US Bank Plaza
• Dance and art demonstrations
• Jake Blair Band: 7 p.m. ’til 9 p.m.

 

UFO Speaker: Nick Pope, former administrator/investigator of the British Ministry of Defense’s UFO Project
Doors at 6 p.m.; event at 7 p.m. • McMinnville Community Center
$10 per person advance, $15 day of event, available online and at the door (2-day pass also available for $25 per person in advance or $35 day of event)

 

McMinnville UFO Festival Video Contest
3 p.m. ’til 7 p.m. • 3rd St. Pizza Co./Moonlight Theater • Loop of all entries

 

Live music from Kirby Swatosh & The Moon Rocket Patrol • Spaced out rock
7 p.m. • Cellar Bar at Hotel Oregon • 21 & over

 

Live music from The Outer Space Heaters • Surf space rock
8 p.m. ’til 11 p.m. • Mattie’s Room at Hotel Oregon

 

Movie in the Tent: Mystery Science Theater 3000
8 p.m. doors; 9 p.m. film• Tent on N.E. Evans St. at Hotel Oregon

 

“Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis” live radio broadcast
7 p.m. ’til 12 midnight • Paragon Room at Hotel Oregon

 

*** SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2013 ***

 

Food, Beer & Gift Tent
9 a.m. ’til 5 p.m. • Evans St. • All items available for purchase
Vendor booths on Davis (3rd to 4th) and in the US Bank Plaza • 10 a.m. ’til 8 p.m.

 

UFO Speaker: George Knapp, Area 51 researcher and Coast-to-Coast Radio guest host
UFO Speaker: Jim Sparks, “The Greys: Their Nature and Purpose”
Doors at 9 a.m.; event at 10 a.m. • McMinnville Community Center
$10 per person in advance, $15 day or event, available online and at the door (2-day pass also available for $25 per person in advance or $35 day of event)
Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

 

McMinnville UFO Festival Video Contest
12 noon • 3rd St. Pizza Co./Moonlight Theater • Single showing of all entries

 

UFO Fun Run
1 p.m. • Third & Irvine at 12:30 p.m. for registration • No cost to participate; all ages welcome
This is a friendly non-competitive race to support the community, promote physical activity and show off your alien colors! The .8-mile route circles the parade route and may be run multiple times for those looking for a more rigorous start to their day. The finish line is at Third and Davis, with a brief award ceremony following the race.

 

UFO Costume Parade
2 p.m. • Third St.
To march in the UFO Costume Parade please read and submit the UFO Parade Entry Form, found at ufofest.com.

 

Third Street Dance! Featuring Garcia Birthday Band
Immediately following the parade ’til 5 p.m. • Third St. at Hotel Oregon
After GBB’s float wraps their parade appearance, come “dancin’ in the streets” as they park in front of the hotel for a few more hours of “Grateful jams”!

 

A performance by Willamette Radio Workshop
Performing “The Cave of Night” by James Gunn, “They’re Made out of Meat” by Terry Bisson and “The Anachronic Man – The Original Dr. Who” by H.G. Wells
3 p.m. • Mattie’s Room at Hotel Oregon

 

Alien Pet Costume Contest
Bring your pets, dressed in their alien best!
4 p.m. at Buchanan-Cellers, 855 NE Fifth St.

 

UFO Speaker: Linda Moulton Howe: “Gobekli Tepe’s 12,000-Year-Old Stone Circles Enigma – Terraformed by E.T.s?”
Doors at 4 p.m.; event at 5 p.m. • McMinnville Community Center
$10 per person in advance, $15 day of event, available online and at the door (2-day pass also available for $25 per person in advance or $35 day of event)
Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

 

McMinnville UFO Festival Video Contest
3rd St. Pizza Co./Moonlight Theater
6 p.m.• Single showing of all entries
7 p.m. • Awards Ceremony and screening for entrants and their families, with remaining tickets available to the public
Live music to follow the ceremony, admission is free, all ages, public welcome

 

Live music from Kirby Swatosh & The Moon Rocket Patrol • Spaced out rock
7 p.m. • Cellar Bar at Hotel Oregon • 21 & over

 

Alien Costume Ball
Featuring live music from The Strangetones • Out of this world R&B – Rockabilly

8 p.m. ’til 11 p.m. • Mattie’s Room at Hotel Oregon

 

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ABOUT McMENAMINS HOTEL OREGON

Set in Oregon’s idyllic wine country 40 miles south of Portland, McMenamins’ historic 1905 hotel in McMinnville is the perfect place to uncork and unwind. Cozy guestrooms, a comfortable restaurant and pub, live music on weekends, the legendary Rooftop Bar and more offer visitors from far and wide reasons to relax.

 

ABOUT McMENAMINS HOTELS, PUBS & BREWERIES

The name “McMenamin” is well known throughout the Pacific Northwest, signifying a great place to enjoy handcrafted ales, wine, spirits and pub fare with family and friends. The dream began more than 20 years ago in the hearts of brothers Mike and Brian McMenamin and continues to spiral upward. With 57 properties (including Hotel Oregon) and counting, the siblings are considered to be pioneers of the Pacific Northwest microbrew, historic hotels and music venue industries. Go tomcmenamins.com for additional information, photos and more.