Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The truth is out there…in Alabama

            On Feb. 11-12, 1989, more than 50 people, including the chief of police, reported seeing odd objects flying over the small community of Fyffe in northeastern Alabama. The rash of UFO sightings, and the thousands of people who arrived looking for UFOs, resulted in the town being named the UFO Capital of the World. Not to be outdone, the state later proclaimed it the UFO Capital of Alabama.
Photos courtesy
DeKalb Tourism
            On Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, the 10th annual Fyffe UFO Day Festival will kick into gear. Visitors may not spot little green men flying around in saucers — or maybe they will! —but there will definitely be hot air balloons, arts and crafts, children’s games, antique car and tractor show and food vendors. New this year is a 5K run with proceeds benefitting a practice facility for the Fyffe cheerleaders.  
            Bands slated to perform are The Sharp’s Quartet, The Southern Mountain Band, Still Kickin’, Jacob Stiefel and the Truth, B-Sharp Band, Smokin’ Guns, The Big Band and others.
            Gates open at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Fyffe Town Park on Graves Street, but the hot air balloons take flight around 6 a.m. Parking and admission is free and visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets.
             For more information on UFO Day Festival, call DeKalb Tourism at (888) 805-4740 or visit www.DiscoverLookoutMountain.com.
            Want to know more about that rash of UFO sightings in 1989 and a few Alabama UFO reports preceding Fyffe’s encounters? Click here.
            Here’s something fun (or maybe weird), a commercial aimed to keeping teenagers from driving and drinking using Fyffe and its UFO reputation as a backdrop.

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