Organizers Excited to Continue UFO Festival

The Exeter Kiwanis saved the festival this year.

The Exeter Kiwanis is excited to continue the annual Exeter UFO Festival this year.

The festival was in jeopardy after its founder, Dean Merchant, said he was going to be taking a break from his duties. Merchant started the festival four years ago. It has drawn thousands of visitors to downtown Exeter.

The Kiwanis group, which has sponsored festival in years past, stepped up to take on the organizing responsibilites this year.

"It's such a great event for the town," said Pam Gjettum, the Kiwanis group's secretary.

The festival, which is free to attend, is family-friendly, Gjettum said. There events like an alien-themed pet costume contest.

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The tentative date for this year's festival is Aug. 31—earlier than in years past.

The Kiwanis group is looking for volunteers to help coordinate the festival. Those interested can contact her at pgjettum@gmail.com.

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.


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