UFO conference to be held in Valley

PHOENIX - UFOs, Aliens, Area 51 and Bigfoot will all be targets for believers and skeptic alike at the 2014 International U.F.O Congress and Conference here in the Valley.

More than 2,000 people are expected for what organizers are calling their biggest year ever.

Alejandro Rojas helped put together this year's conference. He said this year there will be an increased emphasis on presenting real scientific research.

"There's been this big boom of scientists finding planets that may have extraterrestrial life on them and mainstream science has been abuzz with astrobiology and so there are more scientists that have interest in this field," said Rojas.

One of those scientists is former NASA scientist Richard B. Hoover. Hoover became a controversial figure in the scientific community after claiming that he found evidence of extraterrestrial life in meteorites. His speech on Thursday is expected to be one of the highlights of the conference.

"You know there's kind of this idea that a lot of these people with these stories are in the backwoods, or they are kind of strange people but that is not the case at all. A lot of these people come from military, law enforcement, a lot of credible people have these stories," said Rojas.

Vendors are also a big part of the 5-day event.

Rosemary Ellen Guiley has been coming to the conference longer that she can remember. An author of more than 50 books on everything from Witches and Witchcraft to Vampires and Genies, Guiley said this conference is the biggest event of the year. Especially for people who might be skeptics.

"It has an incredible array of experts and researchers. The best of the best is always here. You have a very discerning audience. People who are curious and what to learn more because they don't know much and people who are doing advanced research in the field. And of course you have the skeptics, the people who want to have something proved," said Guiley.

The event will be held on February 13 at the Fort McDowell Radisson in Fountain Hills.

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