Sur­prises in store at this year’s UFO fes­ti­val

50th an­niver­sary be­ing cel­e­brated in Shag Har­bour

The Amherst News - - PROVINCIAL - By Kathy John­son

There prom­ises to be a few sur­prises in store at this year’s Shag Har­bour UFO Fes­ti­val cel­e­brat­ing the 50th an­niver­sary of the Oct. 4, 1967, UFO in­ci­dent that has be­come world renowned.

Key­note speaker for the fes­ti­val, which runs Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, is Chris Styles, who has been in­ves­ti­gat­ing the Shag Har­bour in­ci­dent for sev­eral decades and is co-au­thor of two books on the sub­ject: Dark Ob­ject, with Don Ledger, and Im­pact To Con­tact,

with Gra­ham Simms. “There’s been a lot of up­dates to

the story and more in­for­ma­tion is now avail­able since he wrote the two books,” said Brock Zinck, vice-pres­i­dent of the Shag Har­bour UFO In­ci­dent So­ci­ety.

“I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to his pre­sen­ta­tion,” said Zinck, call­ing Styles’s up­date on the story one of the fes­ti­val high­lights. “I don’t want to give away any­thing, but I think peo­ple are go­ing to be sur­prised by what he has to say.”

Or­ga­niz­ers have an im­pres­sive lineup for the UFO In­ci­dent Wit­ness Panel with a ques­tio­nand-an­swer ses­sion, said Zinck, in­clud­ing Ralph Loewinger, who was a com­mer­cial pi­lot in 1967 fly­ing that night in the skies over south­west­ern Nova Sco­tia.

“There was a lot go­ing on in the sky that night in 1967,” said Zinck.

Bill Pow­ley, who was an RCAF radar oper­a­tor at CFS Bar­ring­ton, Cap­tain Ronnie Newell, skip­per of the Cana­dian Coast Guard Cutter 101 that was on duty that night, and eye­wit­nesses Lau­rie Wick­ens, Peter Gore­ham, Nor­man Smith, Michael Crow­ell and Bill Boudreau will also be on the panel.

Also join­ing the fes­ti­val this year is Quinan as­tronomer Tim Doucette from the Dark Skies Ob­ser­va­tory, who will be hold­ing a stargaz­ing ses­sion at the im­pact site. There will also be live pod­cast record­ings with Jor­dan Bon­a­parte from Night Time Pod­cast and Martin Wil­lis from Pod­cast UFO.

On Oct. 4, 1967, wit­nesses say they saw lights in the sky, com­ing on in se­quence. The lights even­tu­ally took a rapid 45-de­gree turn toward’s the wa­ter’s sur­face, caus­ing those who saw them to think they had wit­nesses a plane crash. No de­bris was found, but there was a yel­low foam on the wa­ter’s sur­face.

An uniden­ti­fied fly­ing ob­ject – a UFO – is how the in­ci­dent is re­ferred to in Gov­ern­ment of Canada doc­u­ments.

The much-ac­claimed guided bus tour with eye-wit­ness Lau­rie Wick­ens, in which he de­scribes what he and others saw, will also be staged again this year as part of the fes­ti­val, said Zinck, com­plete with a re-en­act­ment at the im­pact site with the Cana­dian Coast Guard and the RCMP tak­ing part.

Fes­ti­val events this year are be­ing held at the so­ci­ety’s in­ter­pre­tive cen­tre in Shag Har­bour, the nearby Woods Har­bour Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, as well as the im­pact site. Brock said or­ga­niz­ers have sold quite a few fes­ti­val tick­ets al­ready, with peo­ple from as far away as B.C. and parts of the U.S. plan­ning to at­tend.

“Peo­ple from all over have bought tick­ets al­ready,” said Zinck. “Peo­ple are re­ally ex­cited for this event.”

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the fes­ti­val as well as ticket in­for­ma­tion is avail­able on­line at: https:// shaghar­bour­in­ci­dent.word­press. com/ufo-fes­ti­val/.

TINA COMEAU photo

1967 UFO in­ci­dent wit­ness Lau­rie Wick­ens de­scribes what he saw dur­ing a 2016 bus tour trac­ing the path and land­ing site of an uniden­ti­fied fly­ing ob­ject in Shag Har­bour, Shel­burne County.

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