Last week I was in Portland Oregon and happened to be in town during the McMenamins’ UFO Fest in McMinnville Oregon (about a hour drive from Portland proper). My best-est friend from college and I decided we had to go as it was something silly to do. We also had a bit of an obsession in college with bad 1960’s grindhouse movies so a UFO festival was right up our kitsch alley.
While there were talks and other sorts of things to do later in the evening, such as a costume ball, we decided just to go for the parade as we were unsure what it would be like. The parade was as kitchy as you would expect, it was basically a small town parade with the theme of aliens and it was great. After the parade we ran into another college friend at the merch tables and since we found her we hung out for a while in the beer tent catching up and having a few lovely Ruby Ales, the ever famous raspberry beer from McMenamins’.
The UFO Fest in McMinnville is the 2nd largest in the USA after the one in Rosewell (of course) and at that it was pretty small so I guess there is not a lot of UFO fests in the states! If I am ever in Portland again during the Festival I will probably go down for it as it was a fun time and maybe make some sort of costume because why not? Considering I was a 1960’s Sifi Space Alien for Halloween one year (ie used weird vintage clothes I bought and turned it into a costume) it wouldn’t be much of a stretch! Next time I will probably plan to check out some speakers or some of the evening events as well, especially the costume ball!