UFO Welcome Center
Welcome to Planet Earth



 
UFO Welcome Center
Welcome to Planet Earth

 
Jody Pendarvis has spent years building a huge double-decker wooden flying saucer beside his trailer in hopes to welcome aliens when they return to planet Earth.

 
Welcome to Planet Earth is the story of the extremely unique Jody Pendarvis and his 30 foot UFO he built in his front yard in the small town of Bowman, SC.

After a sighting of alien life forms, Jody built the giant UFO as a place to welcome aliens when they return.

Although visitors are welcomed to check out this unique and slightly odd landmark, Jody hopes that he will one day see the return of his friends from the sky.

This is his story.


The UFO Welcome Center is a tourist curiosity located in Bowman, South Carolina, built in the back yard of Jody Pendarvis.

It consists of a 42-foot-wide flying saucer (13 m) built out of wood, fiberglass, and plastic.

The structure, entered by 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 a 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 had begun to be built in 1994 and became a local tourist attraction, with a $1 entry fee. The center was the subject of a 2001 segment in The Daily Show, in which Stephen Colbert presented a caricatured tour of the 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 summers when the saucer is cooler than his nearby mobile home. The admission price had risen to $20 by 2005.