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Event: Intergalactic Expo 2016 Is Almost Here

12804328_10206859577780215_949199626_nThis years Intergalactic Expo is  being held on May 22, in past years it has been the same weekend as Free Comic Book Day (which is May 7th) . With this date change G33k-hq will be at the event taking pictures and general coverage of the event. The event is a Sci-Fi themed and will be helping to support Make a Wish foundation as a fundraiser.  Official press release below.

 

Full PRESS RELEASE:

WEST SACRAMENTO CURRENTLY PLANNING ITS FOURTH ANNUAL

SCIENCE FICTION-THEMED COMMUNITY EVENT at the West Sacramento Community Center and the West Sacramento City Hall Galleria,  May 22, 2016

INTERGALACTIC EXPO is May 22, 2016, from 10 am to 6 pm, at West Sacramento Civic Center, 1110 West Capitol Avenue, West Sacramento, CA.

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Intergalactic Expo is the 2016 iteration of West Sacramento’s May the Fourth Be With You community event / fan convention, and our second Intergalactic Expo! Please note that this year’s event is later in May (the 22nd) than previous ones (which were the first weekend of May).

In 2016, we’ll again be celebrating out-of-this-world fan favorites Star Wars, Star Trek, Firefly, Farscape, and Doctor Who!  These are some of the all-time favorite sci-fi shows of locals, and as last time, our focus is on local fandoms and fan communities!  Come celebrate space operas and space-set sci-fi at this family-friendly one day convention!

Once again, the West Sacramento Department of Parks and Recreation and community resource sacgeeks.com are working together with local cosplay clubs, entertainers and fan organizations to present a fun, family-friendly, community event / fandom convention that is also a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Foundation and other great local charities and organizations!

There will be vendors galore, artists, special guests, panels, light sabers, live music and live entertainment, a cosplay contest, videogaming, boardgaming, charity auction and drawing, food trucks and tons of photo ops!

Schedule, vendor list, location info and other details can be found at www.intergalacticexpo.com

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THE MISSION:

The Mission:

The Mission:

Intergalactic Expo is a partnership between the City of West Sacramento Department of Parks and Recreation, and the not-for-profit community resource organization Sacgeeks.com.

Our goal is to provide quality entertainment and resources from local organizations at an affordable price, along with excellent customer service, tailored to area fans of popular science fiction and space operas, while raising funds for Make-A-Wish ® (Northeastern California and Northern Nevada chapter) and the City of West Sacramento community programs.

This event is in part to benefit Make-A-Wish ® Northeastern California and Northern Nevada, with the goal of raising $5000, the average amount needed to grant one child’s wish.

For additional information on Make-A-Wish, please visit their website at www.necannv.wish.org

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Special Guests:

Special Guests:

http://westsacscifi.wix.com/westsacscifi#!special-guests/c1q69

(Alphabetical)

RichAlvarez, geek-themed You Tube entertainer

Alyson Buckman, Professor at CSU Sacramento and Whedonverse expert

Chew on This: A Nerds United Podcast

DaRealWord Sound, Nerd Rap DJ

Daryl Frazetti, Anthropologist / Pop Culture Researcher

Great Distrubance, Star Wars Rock Band

Sean X Long, Vlogger, entertainer, cosplayer

John Marcotte, Heroic Girls blogger and webmaster, TEDx guest speaker, awesome father

Nerdy Girlfriend, YouTube Show

Skye Radd, Award-winning cosplayer, Facebook Group leader, community leader

Ben Schwartz, owner, Empires Comics Vault

Cody Stark, Good Day Sacramento

Jeffrey Weissman, Actor

Darth Vader, 501st Legion Central California Garrison

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Our History

Our History

In the Winter of 2013, the Superintendent of the West Sacramento Department of Parks and Recreation contacted the leadership of SacGeeks.com, asking for assistance in planning a “May the Fourth Be With You”-themed celebration at their new West Sacramento Community Center.

SacGeeks.com (a not-for-profit community resource, and event planning and promotions organization) reached out to the owner of Sacramento-based collectibles store Toy Fusion, as well as to the local members of the 501st Legion Central California Garrison and other local cosplay clubs, entertainers and fan organizations.  Together, they organized an evening community event that included cosplay, vendors and live entertainment; it was held Saturday May 4th, 2013, for approximately 700 guests, and managed to raise & donate almost two thousand dollars for Make-A-Wish ® Northeastern California and Northern Nevada.

In May 2014, we all got back together on Sunday May 4th, for the second May the Fourth Be With You event, this time it was a full day event, drew 1700 guests, and donated $5000 for Make-A-Wish ® Northeastern California and Northern Nevada!

Later that month, we realized that May the Fourth would no longer fall on a weekend for a few years, and we decided to expand the planned 2015 event to include even more partners and space scifi fandoms, for even more fun.  So in early June, we held a contest on our Facebook Group to rename the event, and, on June 10, 2014,  the submitted name, “Intergalactic Expo” was selected and announced as the winner!

And so SacGeeks.com had our 3rd annual scifi event with West Sacramento Parks and Recreation, which was also our first annual Intergalactic Expo, on Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3, 2015 !

In 2015, our convention was even bigger and better, celebrating out-of-this-world fan favorites Star Wars, Star Trek, Firefly, Farscape, and Doctor Who!  These are some of the all-time favorite sci-fi shows of locals, and as last time, our focus was on local fandoms and fan communities!

We had some lovely and generous support by many awesome community fandom groups, including but not limited to the 501st Legion Central California Garrison, Saber Guild: Golden Gate Temple, Sacramento Steampunk Society, the USS Independence, and more!  (See the gray oval on the right for a longer list.)

And again, the 2015 event was in part to benefit Make-A-Wish ® Northeastern California and Northern Nevada, and we succeeded in our the goal of raising and donating $5000, the average amount needed to grant one child’s wish!  (For additional information on Make-A-Wish, go to www.necannv.wish.org.) We also donated to the El Camino High School Pep Band and West Sacramento’s Moo-La fund for children’s programs.

Happily, due to the success of these past years’ events, and thanks to supporters like you, we’ll be back in May of 2016, and again our event will be in part to benefit Make-A-Wish ® Northeastern California and Northern Nevada!

Won’t you please join us in the fun and help us in our mission, by attending our May 2016 Intergalactic Expo in West Sacramento?

Contact: Event organizer: Stephanie Rector, sacgeeks.com manager, stephanierector@gmail.com, facebook.com/stephrector, (530) 417-3365

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All photos used with permission of INTERGALACTIC EXPO.

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