The annual Exeter UFO Festival will go on as planned this year thanks to a local group, according to the festival's former organizer.
Dean Merchant said last week that the festival was going to be canceled in 2013, as he was stepping down from his organizer position.
The Exeter Kiwanis, which has sponsored the festival in the past, stepped up and will organize the festival this year, Merchant said.
"It will work out because people support the festival," Merchant said.
The tentative date for this year's festival is Aug. 31—earlier than in years past.
The festival has been held downtown for the last four years, drawing UFO enthusiasts from across the country.
The festival was held in Exeter in part because of a famous 1965 incident where a UFO was seen flying around. Also, New Hampshire was where Betty and Barney Hill famously said they were abducted by aliens in 1961.