The residents of Vulcan, Alberta are hoping the new Star Trek movie will make its first contact in their town. The idea is the brainchild of Dayna Dickens, the tourism coordinator for the small Canadian community which has been leveraging its Trek sounding name into tourist dollars for decades. Dickens tells TrekMovie.com the idea has the support of community leaders and she is currently working with the Alberta Film Commission on a formal proposal to Paramount. Landing the Star Trek premiere may be a long shot, but it is not without precedent. Dickens noted Fox held the recent premiere for The Simpsons Movie in town of Springfield, Vermont. Vulcan may have some competition from other self-proclaimed ‘Trek towns’ such Riverside, Iowa (‘future birthplace of Kirk) and Linlithgow Scotland (‘future birthplace of Scotty’). But Dickens is not daunted, observing "the worst they can do is say ‘no.’"
What lives in Vulcan, prospers in Vulcan
Vulcan has been using the Trek connection since the original series debuted. This connection grew throughout the years and in 1993 the town held their first Star Trek convention. Today, visitors to Vulcan will be greeted by a replica of the movie Starship Enterprise at the town’s main entrance. The town receives over 12,000 visitors per year, and the Vulcan Tourism & Trek Station — a tourist information center designed as a landing spacecraft — is the most popular destination in town. Dickens notes that it would be fitting to have the premiere in Vulcan not only because of the name but because 2008 also marks the tenth anniversary of the station’s grand opening. If they don’t get the premiere, though, it is possible they could obtain a sneak preview and they may promote the film in some other fashion. "We’re open to anything," Dickens says.
For more information on Vulcan, Alberta, visit their official site. If you would like to show support for a Vulcan premiere, check out their Facebook group, "Star Trek XI – Help bring Spock home to Vulcan, Alberta."
Vulcan’s ‘Trek Station’
Trekkies visiting Vulcan
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