KNOX COUNTY, OH (WCMH) – An unusual “encounter” in Ohio has the attention of extraterrestrial enthusiasts and those who call the rural farming community home.

Someone claims they had a close encounter with a strange creature, an alien.

The sighting was reported on State Route 13 near on Mount Vernon July 31 according to the Mount Vernon News.

If you go to that area, you’ll see signs, “Alien Xing.”  Chad Franks said this has been the talk of the area. He doesn’t believe in aliens but said that didn’t stop him and his son from having fun with the idea.

“So I went home and asked my son, ‘hey, do you got that blue suit?’ And he said, ‘yeah.’ I said, ‘come on, I have a good idea let’s have some fun,'” said Chad Franks.

He and his son Bryce Franks pulled out an old alien costume and took some pictures.

“We can’t be the only ones in the world besides animals in the galaxy,” said Bryce Franks.

They took the picture and posted it on social media, getting hundreds of shares.

Just down the street at the local hardware store, talk of aliens brought up another conversation. Glenn Smith, the store owner, sells Bigfoot statues because he says in the past there have been sightings.

He jokingly explained his theory as to why an alien is here now.

“Maybe they’re here to check out the Bigfoot. Maybe they’re all related (laughs),” said Smith.

NBC4 contacted the Mutual UFO Network. So far, we haven’t heard back.