Paranormal guest speakers, alien costumes

EXETER – Aliens from space will descend on the city on September 3 and there’s not much you can do to stop them.

For some, Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer, but for Exeter it’s a time to celebrate their famous close encounter.

The Exeter Area Kiwanis Club is bringing back the UFO Festival this year on September 3-4 at City Hall, celebrating the 57th anniversary of ‘The Incident at Exeter’, in which local residents said they saw a flying saucer.

The two-day festival will feature paranormal speakers, a costume contest and a tram ride to the incident site.

“It’s important that the town be recognized not just for the event that happened nearby, but also for people to get out and have a lot of fun,” said Robert Cox, president of the Exeter Area Kiwanis Club.

What is “The Exeter Incident”?

The celebration grew out of a highly publicized sighting of strange red lights in the Exeter area on September 13, 1965.

In the early morning hours of September 3, the Exeter Police Department began receiving reports of flying objects chasing people.

A copy of the Exeter News-Letter which reported the "Exeter Incident" Thursday, September 9, 1965.

A woman said she was chased by a red-lit flying object while driving on Route 101.

Two hours later, a terrified Norman Muscarello, an 18-year-old Navy recruit, reported seeing a strange light in the woods near Kensington while hitchhiking home from Amesbury, Massachusetts.

Two officers returned to the farm with Muscarello and later said they also saw a flying object which they could not explain.

According to a newspaper report, the men described the object as “about the size of a house” which “hovered silently over nearby farm buildings, scaring the animals into the barn before disappearing into the distance “.

Norman Muscarello with officers David Hunt and Eugene Bertrand, and the dispatcher

The Air Force said the sightings were either a mirage caused by a temperature inversion or one of five B-47 aircraft in the area at the time.

Although the sighting actually took place in Kensington, it was attributed to Exeter in John Fuller’s book “Incident at Exeter”.

Who will speak?

The festival will feature 10 guest speakers – five on Saturday and five on Sunday – from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

This year’s guest speakers include father-son duo Paul and Ben Eno, who will speak on ‘Time Storms’, and Kathleen Marden, who will present on ‘Betty and Barney Hill: Their UFO Abduction and Today’s Jaw-Dropping Evidence’ . ”

The Enos are co-hosts of “Behind the Paranormal” and believe that UFOs, ghosts, and other paranormal occurrences are closely related. Their show, which attracts around 3 million listeners, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

The UFO Festival will feature paranormal guest speakers, a costume contest and a trolley ride to the incident site.

Marden is a leading UFO researcher, author, and speaker. His background in social sciences shaped his interest in scientific ufology. She has lectured all over the world.

The Enos will present their story at 12:45 p.m. and Marden at 3:45 p.m. Saturday.

Sunday’s guest speakers include Bob Terrio who will speak on “Ancient Extraterrestrials in Mexico” and Mack Maloney who will speak on the “latest developments in U.S. military study of UFOs.”

There will be a “meet the speakers” event on Saturday from 7:30-9 p.m. at City Hall. Places are limited to the first 50 people and the fee will be $20 per person. Only cash payments are accepted.

Alien costume and alien animal contest

The festival will have an Alien Costume and Alien Pet contest at noon on Saturday. The costume contest is for children 12 and under while the pet contest is open to everyone.

An “authentic extraterrestrial” will be on hand to judge the contests.

The UFO festival will organize a competition

Participants will have the chance to walk in their costumes from Town House Common Park to the Town Bandstand.

This event is free to participate.

Tram ride to the Kensington site

One of the highlights of the festival each year is the tram ride to the Kensington venue, which only takes place on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.

The trolley will depart from 10 Front St. and bring passengers to the site of the incident, located approximately 5 miles south of the city in the nearby town of Kensington. The tour will be narrated by Mike Stevens, local land expert from Exeter and founder of Granite Sky Service.

“As people see the area, they can also listen to the story,” Cox said.

Tickets are $5 for adults and payments must be made in cash only. Passengers are first come, first served and the trolley will depart every 30 minutes, with the last trolley leaving at 3.30pm.

Food, souvenirs and other activities

The Exeter Area Kiwanis Club will provide food and refreshments located in the tent near the bandstand. Expect carnival-style food and drinks such as hot dogs, burgers, chips, and sodas to be served from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Don’t forget to collect your UFO T-shirts, caps and posters. The souvenir kiosk in front of City Hall will be open both days from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The UFO Festival will feature paranormal guest speakers, a costume contest and a trolley ride to the incident site.

The festival will also feature plenty of activities for kids, including Alien Arts & Crafts, face painting and a UFO debris site.

“We expect a big crowd, and we expect everyone to have a good time,” Cox said. “We hope that the children will enjoy all of the children’s activities and that the people listening to the speakers will enjoy them as well.”

According to Cox, the festival is free, but there is admission for special events, such as meeting the guest speakers and the trolley ride. The cost of the events is between $5 and $20 and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to a long list of charities and programs supported by the Kiwanis club.

Exeter UFO Festival 2022 Schedule

Saturday September 3


9 a.m. – Valérie Lofanso, “Aliens in our backyard”

10:30 a.m. – Ralph Blumenthal, John Mack’s “The Abduction”: A Hero’s Journey Through Cosmic Darkness”

12:45 p.m. – Paul and Ben Eno, “Time Storms”

2:15 p.m. – Lynne Nickerson, “UFOs: an alternate reality of what?

3:45 p.m. – Kathleen Marden, “Betty and Barney Hill: Their UFO Abduction and Today’s Breathtaking Evidence.”

Other activities

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – UFO Festival gift shop

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Food and refreshments

10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Tram ride to “Incident at Exeter”

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Activities for children

12:00 PM – Alien and Alien Pet Costume Contest

7:30 p.m. – Meet the speakers

Sunday September 4


9:00 a.m. – Mike Stevens, “Granite Skies”

10:30 a.m. – Peter Robbins, “The Origins of UFO Ridicule: How America’s Biggest Newspaper Helped Perpetuate America’s Biggest Deception”

12 p.m. – Paul and Ben Eno’s Behind the Paranormal radio show with all attendees

1:00 p.m. – Jennifer Stein, “Description of UFO 101, a Brief Historical Overview”

2:30 p.m. – Bob Terrio, “Ancient Extraterrestrials in Mexico”

3:40 p.m. – Mack Maloney, “Latest Developments in U.S. Military Study of UFOs”

Other activities

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – UFO Festival gift shop

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Food and refreshments