Citing "poor advance ticket sales" the Aurora Alien Encounter Conference that was expected to take place April 21-22 in Aurora, Texas, is now cancelled with the possibility of the event being resurrected in the form of a Fall festival according to a news release from media relations Lauren Kelley.
The event was to be headlined by author David Childress of "Ancient Aliens" fame and also featured speakers Jim Marrs, Nick Redfern, a panel by MUFON and others.
Predating Roswell, the Aurora Alien Encounter was one of the first accounts of a crash, as it was reported a UFO crashed into a Windmill in Aurora on April 17, 1897. The Dallas Morning News reported :
“The pilot of the ship is supposed to have been the only one on board, and while his remains are badly disfigured, enough of the original has been picked up to show that he was not an inhabitant of this world.”
Aurora's case remains a fascinating one due to the historical context of the crash.
"I’ve had people ask me all through my career, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a really well-documented instance of a UFO crash or an incident that was well recorded that happened before anything man-made was in the air,'" said Marrs in a news release. "Well, it did. In Aurora, Texas, in 1897. This is six years before the Wright brothers ever flew, so there’s nothing man-made in the air.”
Last year's inaugural conference drew 400 to the small Texas town according to the city, and a possible Fall festival could be a nice new home for the event.