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 An open letter to our local Science Fiction Fans,

Greetings!

This year, Starbase Columbus is under new ownership by The Federation, a Star Trek organization co- founded by new Starbase owner Russ Haslage and Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry.  Many changes have occurred at Starbase in the past year....new staff members, lots of great new merchandise and a total store remodeling project....to name a few.

Amidst all of the changes though some things will remain, among them our annual Out of this World Festival!  We're pleased to announce that our 9th Annual Festival will take place on Saturday, May 6 from 12:00  - 7:00 PM!  And of course this is also FREE COMIC BOOK Day. Our next door neighbors at Moore Comics will be participating in FBC Day with special promotions and freebies in their store!

We have big plans for this year's festival.....after all, 2017 marks our 25th Anniversary!  It's also the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars and the 30th Anniversary of Star Trek:TNG! 

The purpose of this event is for fans of all genres of sci-fi, outer space,  fantasy, comic books, etc. to come together with other like-minded fans to showcase their talents, whether it be cosplay, model building, writing, art, music or something else.  It's also for clubs to come to recruit new members and raise money for the charities they support.  Charity work and giving back to the community is an extremely important aspect of these organizations, and they have fun while doing it!  

This year's festival so far has an excellent line up of local guests.....several musicians, an author and a Monster Movie host, to name a few with more to come!  While much of fandom revolves around our favorite well-known celebrities, authors and artists (who normally appear only at major sci-fi conventions), we feel that it's equally important to support our own local celebrities.

This is an opportunity to bring people together and broaden their horizons about what organizations and resources are available locally to science fiction fans.  

And let's face it.....attending a major convention is Expensive!  Our family friendly event offers free admission, free parking and free food.  Donations are appreciated of course, but not mandatory.  Everyone who participates at this event, including the entertainers are volunteering their time to be here.  The organizations who participate are doing fundraising activities or selling items to benefit charities in our community, some of which include the Mid Ohio Food Bank,  the Firefighters 4 Kids Toy Drive, agencies that help the homeless and others.

We hope that all our local Sci-fi fans will come out on May 6 to support this event which has grown by leaps and bounds over the past 9 years!  What started out with one tent and a handful of fans has now grown into a full fledged street fair....think of it as Comfest for Sci-Fi Geeks!

Sincere thanks to all those who have and will continue to support us in the future.

Best Regards,

Melinda Coates
Event Coordinator

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