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Aug 17, 2012 9:10 AM

Community Expanding Little Green Men Festival

HOPKINSVILLE (AP) - A southern Kentucky community is expanding a festival marking the legend of an alien encounter with visitors from outer space.

The Kelly Community Organization pushed the "Little Green Men" Festival Days to two days this year. The celebration starts Friday in the town of Kelly, about 10 miles north of Hopkinsville. The festival ends Saturday evening.

According to the Kentucky New Era, local legend holds that a flying saucer and alien beings visited the tiny Christian County community of Kelly on Aug. 21, 1955. Two people at a farmhouse in the rural community said they saw unidentifiable creatures that may have been space aliens wandering around the farm. Other witnesses told of flashing lights in the sky that night.

Police investigated the complaints, but could not conclude what caused people to see flashing lights and talk about little green men. The story is also sometimes known as the "Hopkinsville Goblin Case."

Kelly Community Organization President Frank Brown says the festivities include a documentary titled "Monsters of the UFO: The Incident At Kelly," along with music and an escape artist.

Advertisements for the festival do not promise alien encounters during the festivities.

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Information from: Kentucky New Era, http://www.kentuckynewera.com

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