At age 14, Cheryl Ann Gilmore of St. Matthews asked her science teacher if she could tell the class about the shiny, saucer-shaped craft she and a cousin saw in the skies over Fresno, Ohio.

“Everybody laughed, and he even laughed,” she said.

The kidding about her sighting continued all through high school in the Buckeye State.

Today, at age 67, the Calhoun County resident has developed a thick skin toward the skeptics as she leads a team of 25 people around the state who investigate reports of unidentified flying objects.

“Thousands and thousands of people are seeing things that can’t be explained. I can’t say that I believe in UFOs. I just know there is something interacting with the people of this planet,” she said.

The tale of UFOs in South Carolina begins a new chapter when the state hosts what’s billed as the world’s first comprehensive exhibit on unidentified flying objects, alien abductions and encounters. The show opens April 4 on the Grand Strand.

“There’s a good audience for it in Myrtle Beach,” said Brian Bouquet, president of The Event Agency, a California ad and marketing company that developed the exhibit.

In fact, Myrtle Beach is considered a hotbed for UFO sightings. One of the more infamous incidents on the Grand Strand happened at midnight on Jan. 29, 1953, when a Horry County man said he saw a gray saucer hovering 10 feet over pine trees emitting a low hum and moving slowly across his property.

Read more in upcoming editions of The Post and Courier.