PINE BUSH — Business is still business, no matter what galaxy it beams down from.

That was the spirit on Main Street in Pine Bush on the eve of the town's annual UFO Fair. Known internationally as the UFO capital of the world, the hamlet has, since the '80s, had as many reported Unidentified Flying Object sightings as some towns may have bear sightings.

Troves of tourists from around the world will spend Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., walking up and down Main Street, visiting businesses and booths, and bonding over otherworldly fascinations with games, pop-up street performances, a UFO museum and paranormal center, and paranormal speakers and authors.

"It's like Halloween in the spring," said Gilvanni Alphonse, 2nd Life phone and tablet repair store owner. Fair-goers dress up as cosplay characters, even going so far as to host an "alien beauty pageant," according to the event's webpage.

Alphonse, a Bloomingburg resident and Pine Bush High School 2006 grad, embraces the fair and doesn't write off the idea of aliens existing, but he said the town's obsession with flying saucers is a little "weird."

"I'm down to believe," Alphonse said, "if it's going to bring all the crazies together, because this is fun."

Soulshine Market owner Valerie Hindley said she believes in the UFO sightings and appreciates the boost in business that comes with the Town of Crawford-hosted annual fair.

"What people seemed to see as a negative thing, they turned it into something that brings more attention to the town," Hindley said.

Pudgy's Pizza & Pasta owner Luis Mora will have a table out front of his store to sell tamales and churros.

He said at the end of the day he might not make more money than the average Saturday because people won't order more than usual — and outside street vendors may detract customers from patronizing his business of 11 years — but he still thinks the fair is a positive event for the community.

"It's good for the town, for the kids," Mora said.

Shauna Dooley, owner of Pizza Plus, has special galactic garlic knots (green, for the occasion) and saucer-shaped calzones ready for order, and employees will be dressed up in tutus and alien shirts.

"Everyone gets completely decked out and we try to have fun with it," Dooley said. "I think it's awesome."

And she's no doubter. She said she had her own UFO sighting on Hill Avenue about a year ago.

"I believe it," Dooley said. "It's pretty cool. It makes sense with all those fields out there."

rettlinger@th-record.com