2017 Edinburg “Out of This World” UFO Conference & Festival

2017 Edinburg

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The Sekula Memorial Library and Edinburg Arts invites believers and non-believers to join in the 6th Annual UFO Conference & Festival. Don’t miss your chance to participate in the festivities on Friday, March 31, 2017 and then hear some of the nation’s top UFO experts speak at the UFO Conference at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance on Saturday, April 1. Tickets are $25 (all general admission) and are now available from EventBrite.com.

Derrel W. Sims, Star of TV’s “Uncovering Aliens”

Derrel Sims

Star of the Discovery TV series “Uncovering Aliens,” Derrel Sims, The Alien Hunter, is a leading expert on alien abduction. His 38+ years of field research has focused on physical evidence, and led to his groundbreaking discoveries of alien implants and alien fluorescence. As a former CIA agent, Sims has a unique insight to the alien organization which he believes functions similarly to an intelligence agency. His presentation about his real life, hands-on, fully documented experiences with alien abductions, implants, and other phenomenon will astonish you!

More than forty years ago, Derrel Sims had his first encounter with an alien presence. At the age of 17, he experienced a malignant contact with these beings that would alter his life forever. As a result of the violent encounter, Derrel made the decision that he would no longer willingly be victim to the bizarre quests of alien entities. He was determined to change his role in life from being “the hunted” to “the hunter.” When these same beings later came for his 5 year old son, Derrel put his hunt into high gear.

Derrel began preparing himself for his lifelong quest of pursuing the alien prey. Every path he took would equip him mentally, physically and spiritually to become a warrior for the cause and to assume the role he feels he was born to play.
 As a result, Derrel has spent the past three decades researching the world of alien beings. His focus has been two-fold: To acquire the skills necessary to design and implement a program of compassionate and effective counseling for victims of alien contact; and to collect and analyze medical and scientific evidence of the alien presence. He has spent years studying and training in a broad range of areas that would provide him with a full array of skills necessary to search for and acquire evidence of these creatures.

Not surprisingly given his background, Derrel approaches an alien abduction as if it were a crime scene; every element—from the victim’s demeanor to forensic traces in the environment—is a vital clue in solving the alien mystery. Each case enhances his unique perspective as the preeminent “profiler” of alien beings. Every clue contributes to the patterns Derrel has observed in the hundreds of cases he has examined worldwide.


Ben Hansen, Former FBI Special Agent & Paranormal Investigator

Ben HansenFormer FBI Special Agent Ben Hansen is a life-long adventurer who is a licensed airplane pilot, amateur radio operator, licensed falconer, certified SCUBA diver, hang glider, Search and Rescue dog handler, and Eagle Scout. Fluent in Spanish, Ben graduated with honors from the University of Utah with a Bachelors degree in Sociology, certification in Criminology and Corrections, with a year of study abroad completed in Australia.

Inspired by TV shows like The X-Files, Ben went on to spend many years working on investigating major crimes for a number of agencies, including the FBI. His experience at applying scientific methods to prove or disprove crime theories resulted in an idea for a reality TV show where Ben would lead a team of investigators to prove or disprove paranormal events, such as UFO sightings. The show became the Syfy hit series Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files.

Ben has also been on the UFO documentary series UFOs Declassified, where he makes reoccurring appearances as a UFO researcher and commentator, examining government records of UFO events. Apart from filming TV shows, Ben is often asked to provide analysis for photos and videos for the Huffington Post Weird News column. Breaking-down captured media of alleged Bigfoot, UFO, and ghost events, Ben provides his expert opinion on some of the most viral stories in the current press. He often presents his research and findings at dozens of conferences across the globe.

Nick Redfern, British UFO Researcher & Author

Nick RedfernThe field of UFOs is full of unsettling examples of suspicious deaths. Accounts of accidents that might not have been accidents after all, abound. Researchers and witnesses have vanished, never to be seen again. Conveniently timed heart attacks are reported. Out-of-the-blue suicides that, upon investigation, bear the distinct hallmarks of murder, are all too common. British UFO Investigator Nick Redfern will speak about “Close Encounters of the Fatal Kind,” including the UFO-related deaths of the first U.S. Secretary of Defense, James Forrestal and of JFK; the mysterious disappearances of military pilots and their connection to UFOs; the links between national security and the sudden deaths of UFO investigators; and the issue of strange deaths and the Men in Black.

Erica Lukes, Expert on UFOs, Cattle Mutilations, and Alien Abductions

Erica LukesErica Lukes is a highly-experienced and highly talented UFO researcher and podcaster from Utah. The former Utah state director for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), Erica is a MUFON field investigator and head of “Unexplained Utah,” a UFO research organization. She is also the team leader for a research program called “Project Orange,” dedicated to studying sightings orange/red orbs (also known as fireballs).

Erica has conducted extensive research on a number of unexplained mysteries in Utah, including the famous Skinwalker Ranch and its surrounding areas. She has collected decades’ worth of case reports, particularly about mass sightings of UFOs, as well as mysterious mutilations of animals, and alien abductions.

Noe Torres, Conference Host & Moderator

Noe TorresEdinburg native Noe Torres is an author, publisher, UFO investigator, and MUFON member. A featured speaker at the 2017 International UFO Congress, Noe has authored a number of books related to the UFO phenomenon and appears frequently in the media and at conferences, speaking about his research. He holds a Bachelor’s in English and a Master’s in Library Science from the University of Texas at Austin. With California UFO researcher Ruben Uriarte, he has written four acclaimed books: Mexico’s Roswell, The Other Roswell, Aliens in the Forest, and The Coyame Incident. In addition, his books The Real Cowboys & Aliens: UFO Encounters of the Old West, Fallen Angel, and Ultimate Guide to the Roswell UFO Crash have also been very well-received by the UFO research community.

About Mexico’s Roswell, the MUFON Journal said, “Torres and Uriarte are to be commended for tackling such an important case, whose impact on ufology may only now be coming to light thanks to the research they have undertaken. A definite must-read.” George Noory commented, “Amazing! This story is wilder than the U.S. Roswell. This book is an amazing piece of work.” About Ultimate Guide to the Roswell UFO Crash, veteran UFO researcher / author Kevin Randle said, “If you are planning to visit Roswell, this book tells you all you need to know about the UFO crash, the city and its character. It condenses the confusion of the case into an easily read book that will help anyone make the most of a visit to the city and help understand what actually happened. A very nice addition to the Roswell literature.”

Noe has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows, including the History Channel’s “UFO Hunters,” the Travel Channel’s “Mysteries at the National Parks,” Coast to Coast AM, the Jeff Rense program, and many others. He is also a frequent lecturer at UFO conferences and has spoken on many occasions at the annual Roswell UFO Festival.

Special Event on Thurs., March 30 at 6 p.m.

1966 Edinburg Event

Photo Gallery from 2016 Conference & Festival (Click on thumbnail to see full-size image):


Purchase tickets today at EventBrite.com. For more information, visit the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library at 1906 S. Closner in Edinburg, call 956.383.6246 or visit http://www.edinburg.lib.tx.us/

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