Saturday, March 6, 2010

PRESS RELEASE: McMenamins' 2010 UFO Festival Speakers Are Announced

11th Annual UFO Festival at McMenamins Hotel Oregon
UFO enthusiasts are making plans to converge in Oregon wine country!  All are welcome -- event passes on sale March 15 at

McMINNVILLE, Ore.—Tuesday, March 2, 2010—The buzz is building as we get closer to the 11th Annual UFO Festival on May 14 and 15, 2010, hosted by McMenamins Hotel Oregon (3130 NE Evans St., [503] 472-8427 or [888] 472-8427). The festival, set in a small town in the middle of Oregon wine country, explores and celebrates the possibilities of life beyond Earth. We will welcome keynote speaker and author James Clarkson, a well-known UFO investigator; U.K. crop circle expert Colin Andrews; and UFO witness and abductee Travis Walton, on whom the book and Hollywood film “Fire in the Sky” was based. Passes are $10 per event, $15 for two events or $25 for all three events; UFO passes are available beginning March 15 at

Skeptics and believers alike are invited to enjoy all the events happening throughout the weekend – an outdoor festival tent and UFO gift shop, the big rock- gospel-country sounds of Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside as they perform on McMenamins’ Great Northwest Music Tour, an outlandish alien costume parade, an alien pet costume contest, a performance by Willamette Radio Workshop and more! And have a pint or two of McMenamins Alienator Ale, handcrafted especially for the event. To cap off the weekend, attend our Alien Costume Ball for live rock ‘n’ roll by The Empty Space Orchestra and a chance to win prizes for the most comical or well-done space outfit.

All events are free and open to all ages, unless otherwise noted in the schedule below. Additional information and photos can be found at

About the Speakers:

James Clarkson • Friday, May 14 • 7 p.m.
UFO investigator and expert on June Crain’s account of the Roswell UFO crash retrieval

Clarkson is a military policeman and in the Washington police/criminal investigator, also known as the “UFO Cop.” In 1987, he began using his investigative skills/experience to look into UFOs and advocate for fellow officers. He’s now the Director for MUFON in Washington State. Clarkson’s festival presentation will be about June Crain, who worked at Wright Patterson Air Force Base and handled some of the pieces from Roswell and who had heard of at least three other UFO crash retrievals. Hear how her story collaborates the UFO cover-ups by the government.

Travis Walton • Saturday, May 15 • 10 a.m.
UFO witness and abductee

Walton, the subject of the book and film “Fire in the Sky,” will discuss what is called “the best documented account of alien abduction yet recorded,” in which he was taken in front of witnesses.  After a failed manhunt, Walton returned, dazed and disoriented, five days later to recount what had happened.

Colin Andrews • Saturday, May 15 • 4 p.m.
Preeminent U.K. crop circles expert

Colin Andrews, a crop circles expert and recent expat of the United Kingdom, will discuss his knowledge of crop circles as well as his time spent on former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet as an advisor to the largest crop circle surveillance project, codenamed “Operation Blackbird.”
Please note: All of our speakers are available for print, radio and television interviews. Contact Renee Rank, McMenamins Marketing Director, at (503) 492-5457 or for scheduling and availability. See for additional photos, along with schedule details, festival history, event passes and beyond…


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

All events are free and welcome to all ages (unless noted).

*** FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2010 ***

James Clarkson
, author/expert on the June Crain account of the Roswell Crash retrievalDoors at 6 p.m.; event at 7 p.m. · McMinnville Community Center
$10 per person at the door; discounted combination passes available beginning March 15
Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Live music by Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside

As part of the Great Northwest Music Tour
7 p.m. · Mattie's Room at Hotel Oregon

Live music by Kirby Swatosh
& The Moon Rock Patrol
7 p.m. · Cellar Bar at Hotel Oregon · 21 & over

*** SATURDAY, MAY 15, 2010 ***

Food & Concessions Tent

9 a.m. 'til 6 p.m. · Evans St.

A Presentation by Travis Walton, UFO witness and abductee

Doors at 9 a.m.; event at 10 a.m. · McMinnville Community Center
$10 per person at the door; discounted combination passes available beginning March 15
Food and drinks will be available for purchase. 

Vivid Curve Digeridoo Making for the kids
Kids can make a digeridoo and then walk in the parade and play them.
11 a.m. · U.S. Bank Plaza on Third St.
Free · First come first serve (up to 50 kids)

UFO Costume Parade

It’s a highlight every year, with floats, bands, dancing Hammerheads and more!
1 p.m. · Third St.
To participate in the UFO Costume Parade, please complete and submit the UFO Parade Entry Form 2010 (coming soon on

Alien Pet Costume Contest

Bring your pet, dressed in its alien best!
2 p.m. · U.S. Bank Plaza on Third St.

A performance by Willamette Radio Workshop

2 p.m. · McMinnville Community Center

Speaker's Forum Featuring Keynote Speaker Colin Andrews, preeminent U.K. crop circles expert

Emceed by Peter Davenport, director of the National UFO Reporting Center (Seattle, WA)
Doors at 3 p.m.; event at 4 p.m. · McMinnville Community Center
$10 per person at the door; discounted combination passes available beginning March 15
Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Live music by Kirby Swatosh & The Moon Rock Patrol

7 p.m. · Cellar Bar at Hotel Oregon · 21 & over

Alien Costume Ball

Featuring live music by The Empty Space Orchestra
7 p.m. · Mattie's Room at Hotel Oregon
Guestrooms and overnight packages at McMenamins Hotel Oregon are sold out – please refer to the McMinnville Downtown Association or the Chamber of Commerce for alternate local lodging.

Set in Oregon’s idyllic wine country 40 miles south of Portland, McMenamins’ historic 1905 hotel in McMinnville is the perfect retreat for guests wanting 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 several reasons to simply relax. Hotel Oregon is also home to the quirky and fun UFO Festival, now in its 11th year and the second-largest alien-related gathering in the nation! The festival began as a way to honor the 1950 Trent UFO sighting in which two local citizens witnessed and photographed an unknown craft hovering in the sky above, said to be some of the most credible images of UFOs to date. More than 5,000 visitors convened in downtown McMinnville for the 2009 festival and parade. See for more information.

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. With 56 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 to for additional information, photos and more.

This notice was posted on behalf of:

Kerry Beeaker - McMenamins Writer/Editor
(503) 492-5443

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