Every May, McMinnville abducts earthlings from across the galaxy to celebrate the second largest UFO celebration in the United States. There is history behind why the celebration is held in McMinnville.
At 7:30 p.m. on May 11, 1950, McMinnville resident Evelyn Trent noticed a “slow-moving, metallic disk-shaped object heading in her direction from the northeast” on her way back to her house from feeding the rabbits.
She hollered for her husband Paul Trent to come see the unusual flying object. He snapped a picture of the object after grabbing his camera from the house. Paul’s father also saw the object before it disappeared into the distance.
Paul’s photograph of the flying object received a lot of national publicity and was featured in “Life” magazine. There has been much debate over the authenticity of the Trent’s photograph. Skeptics say it is a hoax and that the Trents staged the flying object to gain fame and fortune.
The interest surrounding this photograph has drawn crowds dressed in glowing green and metallic alien costumes. And has welcomed sci-fi and extraterrestrial lovers from across the universe to celebrate galactic forms of life.
Sarah Mason/Features editor
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