By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA
PRESIDIO – It has been 40 years since eyewitnesses first reported seeing a fireball fall from the sky about 50 miles west of Presidio over the Mexican state of Chihuahua near the village of Coyame.
See the UFO Casebook case file, Coyame, Chihuahua, Mexico - Disk Crashes.
The 40th year of the incident, known throughout the UFO world as “the Roswell of Mexico,” also marks the 3rd year of the Border Zone UFO Festival in Presidio.
The festival, which was inspired by that fateful August day, which allegedly left an entire Mexican Army unit dead under mysterious circumstances, will continue its celebration of astral visitors beginning with a day of activities on Friday, October 23 and a series of lectures from world-renown UFOlogists on Saturday, October 24.
Friday’s events begins at 2pm with a meet and greet with the festival’s speakers at the Presidio Activity Center followed by a UFO Parade beginning at 6pm in downtown and ending at the Presidio Sports Complex.
An astronomy star party at Fort Leaton will be held from 8 pm – midnight. Festival organizers will provide telescopes for public viewing as astronomers lead attendees through the darks skies, searching for meteors and other outer space bodies.
A ghost hunt conducted by Ghost Trax of Midland will also be taking place at 8pm for those a little more interested in the things that go bump in the night.
Saturday’s lecture series begins with a book signing at the Presidio Activity Center at 8:30am, followed by a lecture at 9am on the latest findings regarding the Starchild skull by Melanie Young, who formed the Starchild Project with late UFO celebrity and Border Zone alum Lloyd Pye.
Dr. Javier Morales, an Odessa resident with roots in the village that shaken by the incident in 1974, will present his lecture “Coyame Paranormal” at 10 pm.
Following Dr. Morales is Nick Pope, who will also present the keynote speech “UFO Encounter at Rendlesham” at 5:15 pm, with “The Search for Alien Life.”
Television writer and producer David Bennett Carren, whose writing credits include works on iconic sci-fi shows Star Trek: The Next Generation and The Twilight Zone (1980’s reboot) will explore the extraterrestrial phenomenon as portrayed in television and film.
Returning lecturer, Dennis Balthaser, will speak about his continued investigation into Roswell, Area 51, Underground bases, and the Pyramids of Giza.
Ruben Uriarte and Noe Torres, whose book “Mexico’s Roswell: The Chihuahua UFO Crash” reignited interest in the incident and helped spawn the festival, will return to speak on new information from their follow-up book “Revisiting the Coyame Incident” at 3 pm.
Steve Andrasko will follow the duo with his lecture “The Real Cowboys & Aliens: UFO Encounters in the Wild West” at 4:15.
As the Border Zone UFO Festival wraps up, the Dude of the Dead Music Festival will kick off at a new location at the Presidio Sports Complex.
Come in peace.