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May 04, 2013 - May the Fourth Be With You

What: May the Fourth Be With You, a celebration of all things Star Wars, was held Saturday, May 4, at the Wings Over The Rockies Air and Space Museum. The all-day event was an opportunity for Star Wars fans to immerse themselves in the force while experiencing the history all around them in the giant hangar.

Where: Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Mueum

When: Saturday, May 4, 2013

Time: All day

Mistress of Ceremonies: Jennifer Peterson 'Zoo' X-Wing Crew Chief

Menu: Burgers, sandwiches, cupcakes and baked good from Sweetness Cupcake and OG Burgers

Planning Committee: Alex Yampolsky, Keisha Makonese, Matthew Burchette

Board of Directors: For board information about Wings Over The Rockies Air and Space Museum, or for other museum info, please visit

Blacktie Photos by: Bob Fontneau

 Erica and Geoffrey May feel the force
Erica and Geoffrey May feel the force

May The Fourth Be With You, a day-long celebration of all things Star Wars, was held Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the Wings Over The Rockies Air and Space Museum.  Star Wars fans from around the metro area streamed through to experience great exhibits and meet their favorite characters from the beloved movie series.

The centerpiece of the event was a replica X-Wing Fighter, in which guests had the opportunity to win a chance to sit in the cockpit.  People had the chance to have their photo taken as a Jedi pilot. The line was long, but no one seemed to complain.  Kids and parents alike had the chance to feel like a movie hero.

Costumed characters from all the movies wandered the crowd providing meet and greet and photo opportunities for the kids, though it was very hard to tell those working the event from many of the guests who came elaborately dressed in costumes of their own.  Darth Vader, Darth Maul and Chewbacca were very popular characters with the kids and they were very good about making sure everyone had a chance to get a picture.

Foam lightsabers were given to all the kids and there was much duelling throughout the event, with imromptu battles breaking out throughout the hangar.  All the characters were more than willing to engage in swordplay with the kids, many of whom showed good technique.

Comic Book Classroom/ Denver Comic Con were on hand to promote art and literacy and provide comic book materials for the kids and there were tables with Star Wars themed arts and crafts for kids of all ages.  Parents seemed to enjoy the opportunity to sit and relax and watch the little ones entertain themselves.

The 501 Mountain Garrison provided help with the Blast-a-Trooper booth, where guests had a change to shoot nerf ray guns at Imperial troopers.  The activity was very popular and many troopers were wiped out.  There was also an effects green-screen which allowed guests to put themselves in their favorite Star Wars scene.

Food trucks were parked outside the hangar from Sweetness Cupcakes and OG Burgers in case the kids got hungry or needed something to drink.  It was a rare warm sunny day this Spring and lots of guests took advantage and sat at the outside tables.  

Among the exhibitors were builders of replica droids and they had their creations on hand for guests to see.  Many of them were as good as any from the movies.  It was very obvious that the movies have made a big impression on generations of filmgoers.

In addition to the Star Wars event, the regular exhibits of the Wings museum were available and many people who attended had a chance to tour one Denver's most interactive museums.  There is much to do and see for those interested in the history of air and space exploration.  

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