If you see strange lights hovering in the airspace around Knoxville, don’t panic. It’s just visitors from a faraway place attending the inaugural Knoxville Alien Expo.
The homepage of the event at alienxpo.com expresses the belief that people on Earth are not alone. “Is there any other discovery more important than that of extraterrestrials visiting our planet as we speak? There is no doubt people have witnessed astonishing phenomena in our skies from all over the world ... but what is it?”
The Alien Expo will feature guest speakers, cosplay and vendors. Cheryll Jones, former CNN news anchor, will be the master of ceremonies. Jones contends that the news media has relegated the possibility of extraterrestrial life to a punchline.
Guests scheduled to attend include Dean Haglund, known for his role as Langley in the super-hit television series “The X-Files” and the spinoff “The Lone Gunmen,” along with Travis Walton, who claims to have been abducted by a UFO; NASA aerospace engineer Ken Johnston; author the Rev. Michael Carter; Thom Reed (known for “The Reed Incident”); Stephen Bassett of Paradigm Research Group; Mike Bara (of “Ancient Aliens,” who will appear via Skype); and Kathleen Marden (Mutual UFO Network director of experiencer research).
Convention attendees may very well see a Purple People Eater or a walking rock creature at the costume contest, which will be held Saturday and Sunday. Pre-judging starts at 1 p.m., followed by the actual contest at 2 p.m. There will be four categories: Best Next Generation — children; Best Intergalactic Prep — makeup; Best Interstellar Travelers — group; and Best in the Universe — Overall.
Fans might be able to buy green antennae ears, “Earth or Bust” foam hands, and other out-of-this-world merchandise from vendors at the event. Be warned, however: Only credits from Earth are accepted as currency.