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UFO town seeks aid for earthly visitors
Updated: 2004-08-12 09:52

A Polish town plans to ask the European Union for the equivalent of US$126 million to help it build facilities for hundreds of visitors lured by its mysterious crop circles, a local official said on Tuesday.

Crop circles -- areas in farmers' fields where grain has been flattened, often in complex interlocking patterns -- have been appearing in Wylatowo, western Poland, for four years.

The circles have drawn interest from UFO enthusiasts who believe they are made by alien spacecraft, while others dismiss them as hoaxes.

"We are drawing up a formal request -- we'd like to fix the sewer system and put up a campsite for visitors, both from Poland and from elsewhere in Europe," Wylatowo town councilor Tadeusz Filipczak told Reuters.

"I've got an exhibit for tourists set up in my place where they can come and ask questions -- I mean, you can't just send people out in the fields," he said.

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