Star Trek conventions are hardly an unusual thing these days: there’s probably at least one every weekend somewhere on the planet. But VulCON17: Spock Days/Galaxyfest 2010, taking place this weekend, is special. You have to travel to the small prairie town of Vulcan, in the Canadian province of Alberta, to join in the fun. And unlike most SF conventions, which are confined to a hotel or a convention center, this one ranges all over town.
How cute and civic minded is the whole shebang? Admission to tonight’s Youth Dance at the Vulcan Lodge Hall — I’m picturing a place where guys with pointy ears hold meetings wearing funny hats — is $5… or $3 with two food bank donations.
Tomorrow, there’s a parade and a bed race, and in the evening, the Spock Sock Hop. Sweet.
BBC News ran a story about Vulcan and the con last week:
Hard-core enthusiasts, or Trekkies, admire the town and its replica of the USS Enterprise. Vulcan even has a tourism centre designed to look like a spacecraft coming in to land.
“The whole community gets involved,” says Cricket Courtney, who travelled from the US and dressed as a Klingon, the villains of the show, for last year’s Galaxyfest.
“We went to the bakery where the baker was wearing his Spock ears. The mayor dresses up in a Star Trek uniform, people come and talk to you on the street, take your picture. I feel like you come home to Vulcan.”
Pix from last year’s VulCON (from the Vulcan town site):
I assume this is the tourism center the BBC refers to:
Of course someone turned a minivan into an Enterprise-D shuttle:
I swear I’ve seen this guy at other conventions:
(Or maybe guys who dress up like Klingons all resemble one another.)