Kecksburg to offer out-of-this-world fun

| Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 10:26 p.m.

The annual Kecksburg UFO Festival and Old Fashioned Days will be held on the grounds of the Kecksburg Volunteer Fire Department from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

"We're been doing really well," said Ron Struble, festival chairman. The festival was resurrected seven years ago after a short hiatus.

"The firemen's fair went belly up from lack of interest and for many years we didn't have anything. After the UFO store opened up and started doing so well, we decided to combine that with the festival that we used to have years ago."

Saturday's events will feature the bed race, firemen bucket brigade, hay bale toss and burnout contest.

"The bed race and the burnout contest have grown to be very popular events," Struble said. "This year, we have eight to 10 entries in the bed contest so that should be a lot of fun."

The parade, held Saturday starting at 2 p.m., will feature several contests including the best UFO entry, as well the best alien costume.

New this year will be the best UFO alien pet costume and the best UFO motorcycle.

Struble said the committee added two last-minute events that are not on the schedule.

"This year we decided to have a log toss which we opened up for the first time and a frying pan toss," Struble said. Both contests are slated to be held between the parade and bed race.

The UFO store will be open during the festival. Craft vendors will be on hand.

Struble said interest this year from participating vendors was impressive.

"We filled the hall this year with vendors," Struble said. "We had to move some of them outside."

Sunday's events will include the returning "Out of This World Hot Dog Eating Contest" and the Mysterious Pennsylvania UFO and Creature Encounter Conference featuring different speakers who are experts on not only the Kecksburg UFO incident but many other UFO and unexplained incidents.

The festival will feature an all-day car and bike show held on Sunday, food, games and a few children's rides.

All proceeds from the two-day festival will benefit the Kecksburg Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Department.

"The festival has really grown for us," Struble said. "The first year wasn't too bad but people then were just trying to figure out what we were all about. Our festival has grown 100 percent over the years and we think that is just great."

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