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Roswell prepares for annual UFO Festival

Casey Torres
July 02, 2018 08:53 PM

ROSWELL, N.M. – The 71st annual Roswell UFO Festival will feature something different from year’s past.

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For the first time, the famous UFO crash site will be open to the public.

Public affairs director for the City of Roswell, Juanita Jennings, expects 16,000 people to visit the festival this year. If that estimate holds true, that would be down from the 38,000 who visited in 2017.

Jennings says the reason for the potential decline is anniversary years typically bring in more visitors. But she says there’s still a lot of money to be made.

"$5.3 million in about 3-day period is what we're projecting for this year's festival, which again is a huge economic impact to our community members," Jennings said.

Roswell hotels are expected to also be completely booked this weekend. In fact, the La Quinta is already receiving reservations for next year’s festival.

The festival runs Friday, July 6 - Sunday, July 8.

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