Exeter UFO Festival close encounters this weekend in ExeterBy JULIA ANN WEEKES
NH Weekend Editor August 30. 2017 2:39PM
EXETER - It has been 52 years since the “Incident in Exeter,” when a reputed UFO was spotting flying over a nearby community.
That came four years after Betty and Barney Hill famously said they were abducted in New Hampshire by aliens.
In honor of those otherworldly reports, the Exeter UFO Festival once again will touch down in a weekend of supernatural fare.
To take place Saturday and Sunday, the festival is billed as an event for believers and skeptics alike, with an extensive lecture series in the Exeter Town Hall, 10 Front St.
The schedule (which organizers said is subject to change) includes talks titled: “How are UFOs and ETs Relevant and Important Today?,” by Stephen Mather-Lees; “UFO and Alien-Related Imagery in Advertising,” by Peter Robbins; “What’s Wrong With Skepticism?,” by Andrew Kitt; “Creating Social Change in Everyday Ufology,” by Seacoast Saucers; “UFO Disclosure and the Secret Space Program: Separating the Fiction from the Reality,” by Richard Dolan; “Perplexing Evidence Related to Contact,” by Kathleen Marden; “Giant Spheres and Ships That Have Been Interacting with Our Solar System,” by Carolyn Larocque; “Travis Walton’s Story,” by Walton; and “Flap Areas: UFOs and the Paranormal on Steroids,” by the father-and-son team of Paul and Ben Eno.
The Enos, author of the books “Behind the Paranormal: Everything You Know is Wrong” and “Behind the Paranormal 2: Bigfoot, Mothman and Monsters You Never Heard Of,” also will lead a broadcast at the town hall at noon Sunday, according to the festival’s Facebook page.
In addition, there will be activities for children from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the nearby park at the corner of Front and Court streets.
Food and refreshments will be available for purchase.
Commemorative T-shirts, hats and posters will be sold at the UFO Festival Souvenir shop from 8 a.m., to 4 p.m. both days.
On Saturday only from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will trolley service every half hour to the reported 1960s UFO site in the neighboring town of Kensington.
The Exeter Area Kiwanis Club organizes the festival, with proceeds slated to go to local programs and children’s charities.
For schedule information and details on costs, visit exeterufofestival.org.