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StarFest Federation Ball and Galaxy Quest Quote-a-Long
StarFest Federation Ball and Galaxy Quest Quote-a-Long
Colleen Bement

There is nothing like Denver’s annual StarFest convention after the sun sets. This past weekend May 2-4, Sci-Fi, comic, and superhero enthusiasts gathered at the Marriott Denver Tech Center for three days of fun. After dark is when the parties began. Friday night some attendees took part in the annual poker tournament and competed for prizes. Others were lucky to hang out with some of the celebrity guests at the Meet and Greet. Some of the coolest people got rowdy in the main events room as they shared a movie together on Friday, and the energy continued with an amazing Saturday night dance.

Friday’s sundown fun was kicked off with StarFest’s annual Meet and Greet session. Fans had the chance to sit and visit with some of the hot guests in attendance while enjoying various desserts and beverages. For the poker enthusiasts there was a Texas Hold ‘Em tournament complete with shiny prizes for the finalists. Then it came time for the Galaxy Quest Quote-Along which took the festivities up to midnight. Fellow Questerians came together in the Main Event’s Room to watch and quote one of the classic Sci-Fi comedy films of all time. In the front row there sat a lovely Gwen DeMarco and a Lalari whose translator just happened to be broken.

Then came Saturday night where the weekend’s magic exploded with activities and energy lasting well past midnight. One of the most anticipated events of the entire weekend was the annual StarFest Costume Contest. Entries that completed in the contest looked like they came straight out of a Hollywood costume department. To finish the night out in style there was the annual Federation Ball. When it comes to dancing the nerds really show how it’s done. The DJ kept the dance floor crowded with people of all ages shaking their groove thing to the YMCA, Thriller, and of course, the Time Warp. There were even two giant beach balls doing some crowd surfing. Although the dance contest went a little long, the crowed got involved and cheered for their favorites. There is nothing like StarFest after sunset and fans were already counting down until next year.