Haggard Descends On 'UFO Music Fest'

Merle Haggard will stage the first UFO Music Fest July 5 in Roswell, N.M., at the Bob Crosby Arena on the Eastern New Mexico State Fairgrounds. The bill will also feature special guests Marty Stuart a

Merle Haggard will stage the first UFO Music Fest July 5 in Roswell, N.M., at the Bob Crosby Arena on the Eastern New Mexico State Fairgrounds. The bill will also feature special guests Marty Stuart and Pam Tillis.

Advance tickets are $25 ($30 day of show) and are available through the festival's Web site and 800-470-5361, as well as several local outlets.

The event is being staged in conjunction with the Roswell UFO Festival 2003, which is in its ninth year and draws more than 10,000 people annually, according to organizers. Activities include the Plateau Wireless UFO Electric Light Parade, a classic sci-fi film festival, an alien costume contest, and the 10K Alien Chase Fun Run.

The day after the UFO event, Haggard and Stuart, along with Connie Smith, BR549, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, and Old Crow Medicine Show, will begin the 25-date Electric Barnyard tour, in Sierra Vista, Ariz.