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Texas UFO Expo: Aurora Alien Encounter

April 16, 2016: Aurora Alien Encounter!

Did You know a UFO crashed in Aurora, TX in 1897?

VORTEXAS and the City of Aurora invite you to join us on Saturday, April 16th, 2016 for the first annual AURORA ALIEN ENCOUNTER!

This exciting UFO Conference commemorates a strange event which occurred on April 17, 1897 when a UFO crashed and an ALIEN body was recovered and buried in the local cemetery. Even after more than 100 years, this incident still stands out as one of the most extraordinary UFO cases of our time!

Come enjoy a conference at Aurora’s local MD Resort with:

  • featured speakers
  • luncheon with Travis Walton
  • vendors
  • documentary
  • shuttle tours to the original crash and burial sites!
  • and more!

April 16, 2016


Buy tickets:

Full list of ticket information here: Aurora Alien Encounter tickets.

*Live* Stream of Events for those who can’t attend in person!

Can’t make it to Aurora? Watch the conference online! From now through the end of March, it’s only $5 to watch the entire Aurora Alien Encounter UFO conference streaming live online.

Ticket information here: Aurora Alien Encounter tickets.

Aurora Alien Encounter Speakers:

Jim Marrs: Jim Marrs is the author of numerous books including Alien Agenda and Our Occulted History. Jim will be giving a presentation about the 1897 Aurora UFO crash. For more info, check out: Jim Marrs’ biography

Travis Walton: Travis Walton’s terrifying abduction experience in 1973 led to a book and movie entitled Fire in the Sky. For more info, check out: Travis Walton’s official website.

Nick Redfern Nick Redfern has written a slew of books, too, including Chupacabra Roadtrip and The Real Men in Black. Nick will be speaking about a variety of bizarre Texas UFO cases. For more info, check out: Nick Redfern’s official website.

Tui Snider Tui Snider – hey, that’s me! – is giving a presentation entitled “What on Earth were they Thinking?” which focuses on the public reaction to the numerous airship sightings of 1897 in Texas. (I’m having so much fun combing through newspaper archives to find examples of what people really thought of these strange events. It’s been eye-opening!)

You’re already on my official website, but here’s my current bio in case you’re new here:

Tui Snider is a travel writer, photographer, musician, and speaker who specializes in quirky, haunted, and downright bizarre destinations in Texas. As she puts it, “I used to write fiction – but then, I moved to Texas!” Snider’s best-selling books inspired by the Lone Star state include Paranormal Texas, The Lynching of the Santa Claus Bank Robber, and the 2015 North Texas Book Festival First Place Winner, Unexpected Texas. Among other projects, Tui will be the 2016 photographer/writer-in-residence for Tarleton State University’s Langdon Review. She is currently writing a book called Messages from the Dead: A Field Guide to Historic Cemetery Symbols as well as a book about the 1897 UFO crash in Aurora, Texas.

Noe Torres: Noe Torres has written several books, including The Real Cowboys & Aliens: UFO Encounters of the Old West and Fallen Angel: UFO Crash Near Laredo, Texas. Noe will be talking about Del Rio, TX UFO crash of 1955. For more info, check out: Noe Torres’ biography.

Stephen Andrasko: Stephen Andrasko will be speaking about the real “cowboys and aliens” –  UFO sightings of the Old West. I’m super excited about this event and so curious to hear what Stephen and all the others have to say during their presentations!

…and other special guests (TBA)!

Lunchtime Keynote Speaker: Travis Walton

We welcome Keynote Speaker, Travis Walton famous for “The Walton Experience: Fire in the Sky,” for a catered buffet lunch. The chefs of MD Resort are preparing wonderful selections of salad, pasta, dessert and your choice of tea or lemonade.

Shuttle Tour of the Crash Site & Alien Grave

Travel through Aurora in a shuttle to the crash & burial sites with the City Administrator, Dr. Toni Wheeler as your guide! Dr. Wheeler is a native of Aurora. Her Grandfather, Clyde Idell, was born in the Aurora Hotel in 1925. She is a wealth of information regarding first hand accounts of the “old timers” she visited as a child.

Documentary of the Aurora UFO Crash with Jim Marrs

Learn the history of Aurora’s UFO crash and alien burial in a fascinating documentary with Jim Marrs!

Aurora Alien Encounter: Vendors

You can browse through several vendors with custom goods & services, although I don’t have details about them as of this writing.

Contest: Win Tickets by Spreading the Word!

Help us spread the word about the Aurora Alien Encounter

and you just may

*WIN* a ticket to this exciting UFO event!

For a chance to win one of the following:

  • One of 3 Live Streaming Video passes (Grants access to the live streaming video of the conference speakers.)
  • One VIP Adult admission ticket (Includes: Early arrival Meet-and-Greet with Speakers, Autograph Session, General Admission, Meal Ticket (lunch), Shuttle Pass (tour) and Commemorative Souvenir.)
  • One of 2 Adult general admission tickets (This grants one adult admission to the event. Ticket prices: April 2-15, $15; At the door $20.)

Enter Daily through April 13th, 2016!

For your chance to win, simply help us spread the word about this event by following the instructions on the Rafflecopter above! (Sorry – the contest has ended.) Thank you! 

Curious about my books? I’ve got 3, so far…

To read about more weird, offbeat, and overlooked places, check out my best-selling travel guide: 
UNEXPECTED TEXAS: Your Guide to Offbeat & Overlooked History, Day Trips & Fun Things to do near Dallas & Fort Worth

For ghost hunting hot spots, check out my best-selling travel guide to haunted places: 
PARANORMAL TEXAS: Your Travel Guide to Haunted Places near Dallas & Fort Worth

For a strange-but-true tale of Texas history, check out this bizarre piece of West Texas history: 
The Lynching of the Santa Claus Bank Robber



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  1. Dale Bates Dale Bates

    My husband’s birthday is the 18th and he loves anything UFO/Alien related. We watch Fire in the Sky every time it comes on. Trying to find him VIP tickets for the meet and greet. We live 2-21/2 hours from you and can’t wait to listen to your speakers. We plan on general admission and the luncheon.. Wishing for that VIP tho. So excited?

    • Tui Snider Tui Snider

      You lucked out, Dale! chose you as the VIP Ticket winner! I just need to hear back from you to confirm this. (I sent you an email.) I look forward to seeing you there! :D

  2. JR JR

    I live nearby. It is about time they had a festival like this!

    • Tui Snider Tui Snider

      Wonderful, JR! Come say hi to me on Saturday. I’d love to meet you! :D

  3. UFO Buster Radio wants to attend because it is one of those UFO cases that cannot be explained away by known man made vehicles.

    • Tui Snider Tui Snider

      Whoo hoo! I look forward to see you there, Manny! Thanks for stopping by! :D

  4. Daisy Dreamer Daisy Dreamer

    Pick me! Pick me! I live in Colorado and I want to win the streaming pass.

  5. It is a dream to go and hear all these people on person

    • Tui Snider Tui Snider

      Hi, Laura! Thank you for entering the giveaway. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you! :D

  6. […] So that’s my IWSG post for April! Before I go, wish me luck this weekend. My book, The Lynching of the Santa Claus Bank Robber is up for an award at the North Texas Book Festival. I’ll let y’all know how it goes next time, but even if it doesn’t win, I’m still pretty jazzed that it made the short list. (Oh, also: if you know anyone interested in UFOs or quirky history, I’m giving away tickets to to attend an online UFO conference here.) […]

  7. Phil and Linda Phil and Linda

    We’ve seen the grave before the marker was stolen, but we never knew where the exact crash site was. Looking forward to this event. We are coming if we win or if we don’t.

    • Tui Snider Tui Snider

      I think it’s so smart of the event organizers to include a shuttle tour of the gravesite as well as the original crash site. Come say hi to me on Saturday! :D

  8. Colette C. Colette C.

    I grew up in Ft Worth, but this is the first time I have heard about this. Count me in. My husband and I are fascinated by ufology.

    • Tui Snider Tui Snider

      Like you, I am surprised that this case is not more widely known. Thanks for entering my giveaway. Hope to see you there! :D

  9. EmandEnny EmandEnny

    First heard about this strange case from reading your books, Tui! Love your newsletter and all the fun stuff you share. Hoping for one of those streaming passes. Cheers from Canada!

    • Tui Snider Tui Snider

      Hi there! I’m still waiting to hear from all the winners. If any streaming passes are unclaimed, I will pass them your way. I’m glad you enjoy my newsletter. I try to keep them helpful and fun! :D

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