On the third Saturday in July, devotees of unidentified flying objects will gather, as they do every year, to swap stories at Bill Benson’s Hide-A-Way in Dundee, Wisconsin, 50 miles northwest of Milwaukee. UFO Daze founder Bob Kuehn–who started the event in 1991 to give enthusiasts a chance to discuss unidentified phenomena without being ridiculed–will speak, but if you can’t make the party you can hear him give the UFO news in a 15-minute segment every Friday morning on Fond du Lac’s KFIZ. Benson himself says he missed an unidentified flyover during last year’s gathering–but there’s a video, and he’ll gladly commandeer the bar’s TV to show it. “It looks like a kite, with lights on all the angles. It came across from north to south, approximately three minutes horizon to horizon.” Across the state, Elmwood observes its centennial July 29-31 with its own UFO Days, where the only paranormal activity looks to be the Out-of-This-World Cooking Contest. Last year’s winner was a strawberry shortcake shaped like a spaceship. Sat 7/16 and Fri-Sun 7/29-7/31, Dundee and Elmwood, Wisconsin, 920-533-8219 (Dundee) or 800-474-3723 (Elmwood). Free.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Joeff Davis.