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The small town of Vulcan, Alberta, Canada (the same one that is lobbying to get the Star Trek premiere in 2009) is holding its 15th annual Star Trek convention this weekend, and this time there is a special Roddenberry tribute, and a special Roddenberry guest. TrekMovie.com has details and exclusive images of the memorial below.
Vulcan Honors Roddenberry
The town has created a permanent memorial (see below) to Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. His son, Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry Jr., will be on hand to unveil this tribute. In a statement Rod said:
I very much appreciate this tribute to my father, who would be humbled by the continued popularity of Star Trek in big cities and small towns around the world,” offered Roddenberry.
Canadian Vulcans embrace Trek
Vulcan, with a population of just 1,942 has completely embraced its alien-sounding name by erecting an oversized replica of the Starship Enterprise and building and operating a Star Trek-themed tourist station with memorabilia and a virtual reality game. The town also hosts their annual VulCON Trek convention.
Other events taking place June 13-15 during the VulCON 15: Spock Days/Galaxyfest weekend include:
- The inaugural jump of “The Flying Trekkies,” a seven-person skydive demonstration team who will land on Vulcan’s main street dressed in Star Trek costumes
- The official opening of a large collection of Star Trek Memorabilia and Collectibles, donated to the Town of Vulcan by the estate of long time Star Trek fan and Vulcan enthusiast, Albert Cave
- A Star Trek Intergalactic Fan Fiction exhibition, where fans can showcase their Star Trek-related hobbies, artwork and fan fiction to an appreciative audience of fellow aficionados
- An outdoor event stage featuring a Star Trek-inspired fashion show and Klingon Karaoke
Dayna Dickens, Vulcan’s tourism coordinator talked about Vulcan’s adopted link to Trek:
Vulcan is proud to be coincidentally associated with the Star Trek phenomenon. We are thrilled to host Eugene Roddenberry Jr. at this year’s convention, and especially to have him unveil a memorial plaque dedicated to his father.
More information on the Vulcan GalaxyFest at the official site