Rockne Roll/News-Register##McMenamin’s Hotel Oregon decorated its window
for the upcoming UFO Festival.
Rockne Roll/News-Register##McMenamin’s Hotel Oregon decorated its window for the upcoming UFO Festival.
By News-Register staff • 

Aliens to parade through Mac on Saturday

The parade will begin at 2 p.m. from the east end of Third Street and head west. Avoid the congestion downtown by hopping on a UFO shuttle bus, which runs every 15 minutes from parking lots at McMinnville High School, Duniway Middle School and Linfield College’s Keck Campus.

The parade is just one highlight of a whole weekend of UFO related fun.

McMenamin’s Hotel Oregon is hosting the more serious side, built around a speaker series. The McMinnville Downtown Association sponsors the lighter side, which includes an “Alien Abduction Dash” set for noon Saturday.

The entry fee for the dash is $7 for the MDA membership and $12 for the general public. It will be run on a one-mile-long obstacle course.

Registration may be completed in person at the MDA office or online at alienabductiondash.eventbrite Registration packets will be available for pickup at Third and Davis streets at 11:30 a.m.

An alien-themed pet costume contest is slated for 4 p.m. Saturday at Buchanan-Cellers. And Third Street will feature an array of vendor booths and musical events, along with a movie showing.

The festival, launched by McMenamins in 2000, was inspired by the so-called Trent UFO sighting near McMinnville. The Trents photographed a disk-like object flying over their farm and the Telephone-Register, forerunner of the News-Register, created a national and even international buzz by publishing a Trent photo on the front page.

Stanton Friedman, a nuclear physicist who lends his scientific stature to the field of UFO studies, will speak at 7 o’clock tonight in the McMinnville Community Center.  Admission is  $25.

Researcher and author Kathleen Marden is slated to speak at 3 this afternoon on “The Evidence of ET Contact,” and UFO expert Grant Cameron will speak at 10 a.m. Saturday on “The Latest on the UFO and the Consciousness Connection.” Those talks also carry a $25 admission fee and have also been booked for the community center.

In addition, Peter Davenport, head of the UFO Reporting Center, will welcome UFO enthusiasts at a Sunday morning breakfast at McMenamins Hotel Oregon. It will run 9:30 to 11 a.m., also with $25 admission charge.

For more information, contact the McMinnville Downtown Association at 503-472-3605 or visit a festival website established by McMenamins at

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