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Published on Jul 6, 2012
Almost everyone has heard of Roswell's famous UFO crash, but not everyone knows how Roswell turned the UFO event into a gold mine of tourism dollars. Roswell historian John LeMay explains how the "Roswell Incident" was all but forgotten until 1978, when Stanton Friedman connected with Jesse Marcel in Louisiana, and how the story snowballed from there. In 1997, Roswell became the center of the UFO universe during a city-wide celebration of the 50th anniversary of the crash. Since 1997, the UFO Festival became a highly-publicized, much-anticipated annual event. Other towns across the U.S. have followed suit. John will discuss weird festivals and celebrations in towns such as Fouke Arkansas, the filming location of Legend of Boggy Creek and site of a Bigfoot Museum and a "Monster Days" Festival. Also, the town associated with The Mothman Prophecies now has a "Mothman Museum and Festival." And Churubusco, Indiana, celebrates a 1948 sighting of a giant turtle in a local lake. These are but a few of the towns that make up "Roswell USA.