In an announcement that will turn Tampa, FL into a place of dread and infamy for some, a whirlpool of horror for some — and a much-desired destination for others — this weekend’s Vulcan Events Convention in Tampa, Fl will attempt to se a world record for Most people wearing ear cuffs in one place Largest gathering of people dressed as Star Trek Character in one place.
Now the existing record for the most Trekkies in one spot was set just this February in London, England, but there were a mere 99 Romulans, Bajorans and Mugatu gathered in one place — so given a spurt of enthusiasm, setting a new record seems within grasp.
Also, you might think it is a simple thing, but there ARE rules, which are as follows:
#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.
So basically, dressing up as Arex or M’ress, that’s fine — but dressing up as the character from your zine, Mary Sue Ibonkedspock is NOT okay.
We’d dearly love to see this event unfold in all its natural majesty and beauty, and also to note how Next Gen costumes are faring in the Star Trek popularity race; adherents of the Rick Berman Trek-i-verse seems to have been steadily dwindling away, but that’s definitely an outsiders opinion.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.