StarFest marked its 40th anniversary this past weekend Apr. 21-23, 2017.
The popular Denver area convention brought all the nerdy fun in with three days filled with panels, gaming, videos, and stunning cosplay. Long-time attendees of the con swapped stories of StarFest over the years and celebrated the fun, friends, and family. There was so much to do. Inside the Marriott were GameFest, WhoFest, HorrorFest, KlingonFest, and more with ComicFest next door at the Hilton was ComicFest. Activities for all ages ran morning and night, and it was tough to make time for sleep.
As always the cosplay was the highlight. It was a weekend-long costume parade
showing off the love, passion, and talent that fans put into the stunning outfits. Cameras and phones were always out for the photo ops as every genre was represented from sci-fi and horror to anime, gaming, and pop culture. All ages participated in the creativity, from babies all the way up in the age spectrum. Everything imaginable and unimaginable was sewn, glued, and welded from TV shows, films, and gaming.
The activities this year were off the hook! Friday night was the big meet and greet where attendees got the chance hang out with the celebs like Christian Kane, Walter Koenig, Rene Auberjonois, Hale Appleman, Jodelle Ferland, and more. Saturday night was a blast with the hugely popular costume contest, a Christian Kane concert, and of course the Federation Ball. This annual event gave nerds of all ages a chance to get their moves on to pop songs and StarFest favorites. Attire for the ball ranged from comfy geeky to “Fantastic Beasts” beauties to a towering Viking.
The original Chekov himself, Walter Koenig, spent his weekend interacting with his fans. People were on “Koenig Watch” as he could be found in Pint Brothers Alehouse restaurant swapping stories with fans, and even out on the Federation Ball dancefloor close to midnight. “Grimm” fans were thrilled that David Giuntoli and Bitsie Tulloch stepped in after Ming-Na Wen was unable to attend. Giuntoli came straight from his bachelor party to join his fiance Bitsie on stage at StarFest. The two are to be married in the very near future. Along with Christian Kane, fans will get to meet “Dark Matter” star Jodelle Ferland, Hale Appleman, Walter Koenig, Rene Auberjonois, Mike Quinn, and the list went on.
The dealer’s room was always hopping with enthusiastic shoppers looking for those hard to find gems to take home. Vendors from around the country brought their T-shirts, photos, collectibles, jewelry, weaponry, and gadgets of every/all kind. It was the place to be.
The weekend-long event was back home at the newly remodeled Denver Marriott DTC hotel. Not everyone was thrilled with the renovations; namely because of the elimination of the long adored atrium balconies. However, most embraced its sleek modern new look of the hotel. The guestrooms were bigger and most everything had a nice open feel to it. Thanks go out to the Walker Family and all the shiny volunteers. Special mention to Cory Gray who’s StarFest T-shirt this year was a pure work of art.