In February a promotional event in London for the European roll-out of Star Trek Online set a Guinness World Record for the “largest gathering of people dressed as Star Trek characters”. However, with only 99 costumed Trekkies, the record was begging to be broken. And that is exactly what will be attempted on Saturday May 1st in Tampa, FL. Details below.
Costumed Trekkies Record Attempt At Tampa Vulcan Con
The Vulcan Events Convention in Tampa, FL. is being held Friday – Sunday April 30th – May 2nd at the Tampa Westshore Airport Doubletree Hotel. Celebrity guests include Christopher Lloyd, Michael Shanks, Gary Graham, William Morgan Sheppard, Tony Todd, and Catherine Hicks. And on Saturday morning there will be an attempt to beat the Guinness World Record set in London.
The record event is being organized by the USS Shooting Star, a local Starfleet International chapter. They are working with the Vulcan event and a number of other local Star Trek and sci-fi fan clubs to bring in the fans. Shooting Star commanding officer Johnathan Babb tells TrekMovie that he is confident they will beat the record as he has already confirmed close to 200 costumed Trekkies will attend and he is hopeful 500 or more will show up. Babb says they are following the Guinness Record guidelines to ensure certification of the event, including having a member of the local media handle the official counting.
Costume requirements are fairly simple.
#1 All participants must be wearing costumes representing characters from the Star Trek universe and extended canon.
#2. Characters or alien races that have not appeared in official Star Trek canon releases (including television series, motion pictures, novels and comic books) are not permitted.
Anyone is eligible to participate, even if you are not attending the convention. Just show up at the Tampa Doubletree Hotel Westshore before 11:00 AM on May 1st. The count starts at 11:00 AM on Saturday morning and the counting process and photos should take no more than 1 hour.
More information on the convention and record attempt at vulcanevents.com.
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