GENESEO, Kan. (KAKE) - Tucked away in the middle of Kansas is a secret that has been held for over 40 years.  

Many people came from all over Saturday joining in on the secret life of the UFO.  

"Kansas UFO day pretty much celebrates anything and everything to do with our contact with people from outer space,"  said Geneseo City Museum president Jim Gray.   

It is the third year celebrating UFO Day. 

Gray said the event gives people the opportunity to share something they normally would not with others.  

Gray said, "There was a rash of sightings across the state of Kansas in which people were seeing what they call cigar-shaped graphs floating in the air." 

He said this happened in the early 1970’s.  Also in the 1970’s Michael Pickering, who was out enjoying UFO day, talked about his first sighting in Anaheim, CAL.  

"Everybody was excited because at the end of the road or at the end of the street I should say there was a UFO hovering just at tree level and just stationery,"  added Pickering.   

A legendary image of Gort from the 1951 movie “The Day the Earth Stood Still” was on view for the crowd.  The image was created by Bruce Bitter, owner of B&B Metal Arts.  

It stood at a full height of 8 feet. Bitter said it took 6 weeks off and on for pictures and research and another three weeks for actual metal fabrication.  

He said the helmet took 35 hours to make.  

Geneseo is a town with a population of about 200 people.  Gray said he has seen this event grow from the first year.  He said over the years there has been a decline in the economy with people moving away and businesses closing.  

He was glad to see more people coming out to the Geneseo City Museum for UFO Day and pumping money back into their local economy.