Tourism with UFO brand
These hard-to-reach Veprsian forests gained their abnormal fame after an unidentified massive object of a cylindrical shape had fallen into the Korb-Lake on the night from April 27 to 28 in 1961. On the bottom of the lake the object crawled 20 meters making a more than 1.5 meter high ground layer in front of it. The divers explored the lake, Mikhail Gerstein, chairman of the ufologists’ commission of the Russian Geographic Society, says
"The body, which had moved ground on the bottom of the lake, was not found but an interesting anomaly was detected. The ice pieces which were knocked out by that body were floating in an ice-hole and had an intensively green color. The researchers took ice samples but failed to find the causes of such a strange coloring. The samples also taken on the bottom of the lake but there was nothing unusual about them. The only exception was mysterious balls which were so light that they could float on water surface. They had very complicated chemical structure. After their analysis an assumption was made that they were formed during a high temperature process, a kind of welding."
The local residents said that the next night after the UFO’s falling a strong roaring sound was heard from the side of the lake for four hours as if a powerful engine was on. It was assumed that that sound was made by an unknown object, which came to recue the fallen UFO.
The researchers from St. Petersburg who studied that phenomenon failed to solve the mystery of the Korb-Lake. They failed to explain what attributed to unusual exuberant growth of plants in the ditch, which was formed after the fall of the UFO.
This almost detective story with the UFO became a kind of brand for the new ethnographic route across the mysterious Vespian forest. Tourists will also have an opportunity to visit the villages of the Vespian people, to attend and take part in their folk festivals, to visit a history and economy museum, wooden churches, to try meals of the national cuisine.
The use of the UFO-theme for attracting tourists has many successful precedents all over the world. In Russia, it is the Molebka triangle, an abnormal zone near the village of Molebka in the Urals. Currently, the regional authorities are creating a special reserved area there, which will house an observatory, a museum, a site for monitoring different abnormal phenomena and comfortable cottages for tourists who want to hunt for miracles.