On Saturday night at Dragon*Con in Atlanta, GA Star Trek fans gathered to attempt to break the record for costumed Trekkies set just a month ago at the Official Star Trek convention in Las Vegas. And based on the count, it looks like they did it. A full report and photos below. UPDATE: Video added
Trek costume record broken again at Dragon*Con
One of the things 2010 will be remembered for is setting of records for the most costumed Star Trek fans in one place. It started in London in February when Namco (promoting Star Trek Online) gathered a rather paltry 99 fans. In May conventions in Florida and Germany both broke the record, with FedCon setting the new bar at 507 fans. In June fans at TrekFest in Riverside Iowa made an attempt but fell far short. And last month in Las Vegas a new record of 543 costumed Trekkies was set at the official Star Trek convention.
So organizers at Atlanta’s Dragon*Con had their work cut out for them. However, last year they successfully set a record for most people simultaneously dancing to Michael Jackson’s "Thriller," so they were confident they could do it. Going into the ballroom at the Sheraton Atlanta, entrants knew that the current record was set at the Vegas Star Trek convention, and they were eager to set trump the Vegas count.
Organizer Kimber McDermott, also an organizer on last year’s "Thriller" attempt began the 10 minute attempt with the blow of her whistle and during the required 10 minutes, entrants stayed within the room, snapping endless photos of other great costumes. In addition, the crowd was documented by official photographers and CNN was also present to get footage of the attempt. When the ending signal sounded, it was announced that the final count was 571 people in "Star Trek" costumes, which would set a new record.
The record number will still have to be verified by the Guinness Book people so as of now it is still the unofficial record. The Dragon*Con attempt is the last try for this record in 2010. However it is likely that there will be attempts in 2011 to break the 571 count. FedCon organizers are likely to take a crack and last month Gary Berman of Creation told TrekMovie that if Dragon*Con did break the record, they would try again next August.
Here is video posted by dubiago on YouTube
Photos by Clinton Alvord
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