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According to the Kentucky New Era, local legend holds that a flying saucer and alien beings visited the tiny Christian County community of Kelly on Aug. 21, 1955.
Brown, president of the Kelly Community Organization, said some people approached him with the idea of building an alien spaceship after the success of the first festival last year. This year, the flying saucer will be the centerpiece of the festival, and at 38 feet tall and144 feet wide, it's easy to see why.
The earliest articles on the incident did not refer to “Little green men.” That color was apparently later injected by the national media, although “Lucky” Sutton’s son now says his father described them as “silver” with “a greenish silver glow” (“It Came” 2005, 8, 10). Other details are also somewhat fuzzy. The beings were described in the first newspaper story as “about four feet tall,” having “big heads” with “huge eyes,” and “long arms” ([Dorris] 1955). However, they were downsized by Glennie Lankford (1955) to “two and a half feet tall” and were said to have large pointed ears, clawlike hands (with talons at the fingers’ ends), and eyes that glowed (or shone) yellow. They also had “spindly,” inflexible legs (Clark 1998; Davis and Bloecher 1978, 1, 28).