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Star Wars at StarFest

The Force was very strong at Denver's annual convention.
No Sci-Fi convention worth its salt can not prominently feature Star Wars. Denver's StarFest was no exception. The beauty of StarFest was the interactive features and panels that went on all weekend, and not just for the George Lucas classic. Sci-Fi, Horror, Fantasy and Comics were all widely covered.

Some of the highlights of the Star Wars features were the R2 Builders Club who make their own droids, a model show featuring The Empire Strikes Back which is celebrating its 30 year anniversary and the 501st Mountain Garrison. Who are they, you ask? The Mountain Garrison is part of the 501st Stormtrooper Legion (, the world's premier Star Wars costuming group. Spanning all 50 U.S. States and over 21 countries worldwide with nearly 5000 members. Along with event promotion and security for conventions, their most important role is their desire to help local communities through various works and contributions. Yes, they did security for StarFest. Anyone bringing in a weapon (firearm or edged weapon) had to be checked in first by the 501st.

The highlight of the Star Wars experience was guest speaker, Tim Rose. Rose, a master puppeteer and designer, started at Jim Hensen's studio. They put him on loan to ILM where he helped create and perform many of the outlandish characters from the original trilogy. His most famous creation is Admiral Ackbar. He wasn't even supposed to play the character on screen but he took over once shooting began in England because of his familiarity with the controls.

Here are just some of the great things seen this past weekend.

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