The morning of Aug. 21, 1955, the Kentucky New Era newspaper’s front-page headline said: “Story of Space-Ship, 12 Little Men Probed Today.”


It’s not often we journalists get to write such headlines and it was certainly an unusual event for the small community in which it occurred: Kelly, Ky. The incident put the tiny unincorporated settlement near Hopkinsville on the map. These days, the community hosts a Little Green Men Festival with carnival rides, cosplay, live music, food and crafts vendors and more.

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The 2019 event is Aug. 16-17 at Kelley Station Park, 7490 Old Madisonville Road, Hopkinsville, Ky. For information, visit the website or call 270-484-2058.

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The incident

The website for the Kelly Little Green Men Days Festival describes the incident like this: “On the evening of August 21, 1955, five adults and seven children arrived at the Hopkinsville police station claiming that small alien creatures from a spaceship were attacking their Kelly, Ky., farmhouse and they had been holding them off with gunfire ‘for nearly four hours.’ Two of the adults claimed they had been shooting at ‘twelve to fifteen’ short, dark figures who repeatedly popped up at the doorway or peered into the windows.”

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The Kentucky New Era article said local officials and the Air Force were investigating the claims.

Officers at the scene reported “they found no tracks of ‘little men’ nor was there any mark indicating anything had landed …,” the article said, although they did find a bullet hole in the screen door.

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Many people feel this was one of the best-recorded alien encounters in history while others are skeptical of the reports.

The best part of the article said the “only excitement during the period the officers were there came when an MP happened to step on a cat’s tail while walking in the darkness near the house. The cat let out a squawl and for a few seconds there was much activity and scurrying around.”

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Many people feel this was one of the best-recorded alien encounters in history while others are skeptical of the reports.

The best part of the article said the “only excitement during the period the officers were there came when an MP happened to step on a cat’s tail while walking in the darkness near the house. The cat let out a squawl and for a few seconds there was much activity and scurrying around.”

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