Fandoms unite for Kilgore Geekend

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Geeks and nerds of all walks of life will come together in their common love of fandom in Kilgore. The second annual Killgore Geekend will be May 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown Kilgore on Commerce Street.

Kilkgore Geekend is being held to celebrate National Free Comic Book Day, which is held annually on the first Saturday of May. Jennyfer Keohane of Tours of Tyler said, “It’s a promotional event for the geek-minded and nerdy-minded. We held it for the first time last year. Saturday it was packed, but Sunday wasn’t. We had a two day event for May the Fourth.” May the Fourth is known in geek culture as Star Wars Day. Last year, May the Fourth and Free Comic Book Day fell on the same day.

RC Comics in downtown Kilgore was a huge partner of last year’s event. When it closed earlier this year, the future of the event was uncertain. “We weren’t going to do anything this year,” said Keohane. “We weren’t sure how it was going to go over, but it went over so well that Kilgore Main Street contacted us to have the event again this year.”

There will be vendor booths, artists and activities that the whole family can enjoy. Keohane said the vendors at the event will include “comic bookstores, anime related booths, video game stores, soap and body lotions and face painters.” Charlie’s Sno Cones of Kilgore will also be there providing treats.

Anyone attending will be sure to see attendees dressed up as their favorite comic book, anime and pop culture characters. “We’re still lining up performers,” said Keohane, “but so far we have an electric violinist. There will be tons of cosplayers, and a costume contest.”

Kilgore Geekend is being put on by Tours of Tyler. It is an event planning company that also holds the Tyler Rose City Comic Con, Tyler Paranormal Conference, Tyler Record and CD Expo, and many different tours of the city of Tyler.

There is no cost to attend or enter costume contests. Vendor spots at Kilgore Geekend are $25 for a 10 by 10 space. Free space is also available for a limited number of nonprofit organizations and art departments.

For more information, contact Tours of Tyler at 817-715-2925, at www.toursoftylercom, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KilgoreTXMayTheFourthBeWithYou.