New Hampshire UFO Festival Inspired by 1965 Sighting
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Article by Karen Dandurant September 2, 2019 (metrowestdailynews.com)
• Over Labor Day weekend, the town of Exeter, New Hampshire celebrated the 54th anniversary of the UFO sighting known as the “Incident at Exeter”.
• In 1965, 18-year-old Norman J. Muscarello reported to police that he had been followed by a “red flying object” as he was hitchhiking on Route 150 in Kensington. This followed a similar report where two frightened women reported being chased by a brilliantly lit red flying object as they drove on Route 101. When two police officers returned with Muscarello to the place where he saw the UFO, all three of them saw it again, rising from a clump of trees.
• Exeter police posted on their Facebook page: “[W]e at the Exeter Police Department hope that everyone has a safe and fun visit to our Town. Look around and be suspicious, and of course please report any further ‘incidents’ to us.”
• In the festival park, ‘alien’ debris was scattered across the grounds and children were invited to create their own spacecraft. “My kids love to come here each year and do this,” said Erin Moro.
• The Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce hosted trolley tours to the UFO site in Kensington. Commemorative posters of that fateful day were on sale. Kiwanis had food available, Roswell Burgers, Final Frontier Franks, Spaceship chips, Mothership doughnuts and Flying Saucer Coffee. A speaker series featuring experts on UFOs, alien abductions and UFO encounters took place inside the old Town Hall.
• “I don’t believe in little green men,” said Abby Ganley, 17, of Exeter. “I do believe there is life in space.”
Aliens of all types invaded this quintessential New England town this weekend and the town heartily embraced them.
The Exeter UFO Festival, which ran Saturday and Sunday, is an event hosted by the Exeter Area Kiwanis Club whose proceeds benefit its charitable efforts for children throughout the seacoast.
The impetus for the celebration is the famous “Incident at Exeter” and this year marks the 54th anniversary of the well-known UFO sighting.
In 1965, 18-year-old Exeter resident Norman J. Muscarello came to police to report he had been followed by a “red flying object” as he was hitchhiking on Route 150 in Kensington. His report followed a similar one where officer Eugene Bertrand investigated a parked car with two frightened women inside who reported having been chased on Route 101 by a brilliantly lit red flying object. Officers Bertrand and David Hunt returned with Muscarello to the place he had seen the object and, according to reports, all three saw it again, rising from a clump of trees.
Exeter police got into the spirit of the day Saturday with a memorandum posted on their Facebook age. It said:
“The Exeter Police Department continues to search for answers and/or clues regarding an incident which took place at approximately 2 a.m. on September 3, 1965 in Exeter, NH. Exeter Officers are seen here recently searching along the flight path of what was described as an unidentified flying object. This portion of Exeter has grown to be recognized as a potentially classified area named “Area 603.” Further research suggests that this aircraft would have likely been operated by at least one: Grey (MJ12 SOM101 EBE-Type-II) described as approx. 1-1.2m (3.5-4ft) tall, with a weight of approx. 40 pounds, and having large black eyes (no pupils). As we recognize the 54th anniversary of “The Incident at Exeter” this weekend, we at the Exeter Police Department hope that everyone has a safe and fun visit to our Town. Look around and be suspicious, and of course please report any further ‘incidents’ to us.”
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