Article Launched: 07/08/2008 07:42:19 AM MDTROSWELL, N.M.—International UFO Museum and Research Center officials say attendance at Roswell's annual UFO festival jumped more than 25 percent this year.
The museum's executive director, Julie Shuster, says 7,216 people attended lectures, workshops, celebrity appearances and other events Thursday through Sunday.
She says she would have been happy if last year's attendance total had been met, especially with the economy the way it is and with gasoline prices rising.
The annual festival marks the anniversary of the Roswell Incident, a purported UFO crash on a nearby ranch in July 1947. The military later said it was a top-secret weather balloon.