ⓘ UFO Welcome Center
The UFO Welcome Center is a tourist curiosity located in Bowman, South Carolina, United States, built in the back yard of Jody Pendarvis. It consists of a 42-foot-wide flying saucer built out of wood, fiberglass, and plastic. The structure, entered via a powered ramp, is mounted on four columns, designed to raise and lower with motors. In addition to a labyrinth of mechanical and electronic salvage parts, the saucer is furnished with a bed, satellite television, air conditioning, toilet, and shower. Pendarvis envisioned himself as being an ambassador to aliens and wanted to provide a facility where they could rest after a long journey on UFOs.
The saucer began to build in 1994 and became a local tourist attraction with an entrance fee of$ 1. The center was the subject of a segment of 2001 in the daily show, where Stephen Colbert was presented as a caricature of the tour attraction. In 2003, Pendarvis added a smaller saucer, about 20 feet in width, to the top of the original structure and began living in the saucer during the summer when the saucer is cooler than his mobile home. Is the entry fee, there is a painted blue wooden container that says "tips" near the entrance.