HEBER-OVERGAARD — Forty years ago this November, Travis Walton and six fellow wood-cutting crew members encountered a flying saucer in the woods near Heber. The event made international news and is considered one of the best-documented UFO encounters in the world.
In celebration of the anniversary, the Skyfire Summit will be held Nov. 5-8 at the All Seasons Resort at Bison Ranch in Overgaard. Walton, Mike Rogers, John Goulette and Steve Pierce will recount their experiences, as well as the police officer who met them that night and the investigator who covered the case.
Various UFO experts and researchers will give lectures, show videos and provide evidence of the existence of UFOs and extraterrestrials.
An extra trip to the exact location of the encounter has been scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 8, after the Thursday one sold out.
Walton was the only one of his crew to get out of their truck to investigate the bright light coming from a round saucer next to the dirt road they were traveling on. Walton disappeared for several days and gave a scary account of being inside the UFO when he returned.
Walton’s encounter was told in the 1979 book “Fire in the Sky” and become the focus of a 1995 movie of the same name.
Walton lives in the Snowflake/Taylor area and has avoided publicity for many years, but now speaks about at events around the world.
Last year in November, at the same location, the first Skyfire Summit was held as a dry run for the anniversary summit this year.
One of the speakers this year is Ben Hansen, the lead host and investigator of the SyFy channels “Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files.”
Another is James Fox, the executive producer and director of three UFO documentaries that aired on the Sci-Fi and History channels.
Attendees will be able to meet and speak with Walton, his fellow crew members and the speakers.
Tickets are still available for the conference. To register, go to www.skyfiresummit.com.
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