Happenings: Petaluma Hobby Expo

Even the smallest of comic conventions, hobby expos, toy shows, and fan fests can make for a fun family outing. I remember a small convention called Fan Days that took place in the Plano Event Center in Texas. That convention grew to become the massive Dallas Comic Con that eventually merged with Canada's Fan Expo. Petaluma's Hobby Expo has a focus on modeling, but also includes toys, other hobbies, and celebrities.

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Happenings: Opening of Imagination Park

In 2013 George Lucas donated a parcel of land he owned in downtown San Anselmo, California, to a community foundation and paid to raze the commercial buildings on the lot. The Foundation constructed a lovely pocket park named Imagination Park on the grounds and Lucas, a longtime San Anselmo resident, donated two bronze statues to sit on a park fountain, one of Yoda and the other of Indiana Jones.

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Happenings: Steve in Poland

I visited Poland in 2011 to attend a fan convention, “Fantasy Days: Between Science & Fiction.” I was the guest of the editors and publishers of a short-lived Official Polish Star Wars Magazine.

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Happenings: Super7 May the 4th Event

On May the Fourth, 2013, the Rancho crew packed up to do a special exhibit at Super7, a pop culture collectibles and clothing shop in San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury neighborhood.

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Happenings: Comic Con 2011

Steve talks about the origins of Rancho Obi-Wan's "Rebel Command Table" which serves as our presentation centerpiece.
 
 
 
 
 

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Happenings: C2E2 2010

The first C2E2—the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo—took place April 16 to 18, 2010 at Chicago’s main convention center, McCormick Place. Steve Sansweet was there representing Lucasfilm and gave a presentation on what was up at the company, including the continuing adventures of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

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Happenings: Star Wars Celebration III, Indianapolis, IN

Star Wars Celebration III took place from April 21 to 24, 2005 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, the site of Celebration II. The guest of honor was George Lucas himself, making his first fan convention appearance since the Star Wars 10th Anniversary con in 1987. Despite the date, there was a snowstorm overnight and the thousands of fans waiting in line outside to catch one of the three Lucas Q&A panels were ushered into the center to stay dry and warm.

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Happenings: Dallas Fan Days III October, 2009

Before Dallas Fan Days (the big con) there was was Dallas Fan Days (the teeny con). Fan Days was often held at the small community center in Plano, Texas. During this time Official Pix, the show producer, was holding the Official Star Wars Fan Club Breakfast. Looking back, it seemed so calm and quaint.

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On behalf of everyone at Rancho Obi-Wan, THANK YOU for coming to see us at Star Wars Celebration Chicago. It was great to see so many friends and make new ones. Your support there was integral to our continued operation. If you didn’t get to Chicago, we hope to see you at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, August 27-30, 2020 where our exhibit will take you back 40 years to Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

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