at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum benefiting Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum at 9 a.m.
May 4 is officially Intergalactic Star Wars Day. In Denver, the place to be for the celebration is Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum. Count on it like wisdom from Yoda, each year the site will host Star Wars Day at the Hangar. This year 2,500 people came out — many in costume — to honor the saga, take a few cuts with the event’s own version of a light saber, blast a few shots at a storm trooper, and take their place behind the controls of an authentic X-Wing Fighter.
“The first year we hosted a thank you event for 30 people. It’s now grown to thousands coming through the door today,” confirmed Mathew Burchette, curator for the museum.
He then gave all the credit for the success of the day to three groups: Rocky Mountain FanForce, The Rebel Legion and 501st Legion. The first is a social group for Star Wars fans to collectively share their affinity for the series. The other two are official Lucasfilm approved costuming groups. The Rebel Legion is recognized as the world’s premier “Good Guy” Star Wars costuming organization. The second, well, as you can guess, represent the “the dark side.”
One dedicated parent braved the 80-degree day to come as Chewbacca, the gaint hairy Wookie from the movie. This was his second time attending with his son. “It’s a super father-son thing to do. We did it last year and this year we decided to dress up. It’s a lot of fun,” smiled the man as he hugged his miniature Hans Solo partner.
One mother, son duo took in all the sights and beep-beep sounds. “He’s a huge Star Wars fan. He has posters in his room from when he was very, very young.” Her now full-grown son even took a lesson from an X-Wing pilot on how to stun the character.
The whole Wasinger family came out decked for the day. “We look forward to this each year,” replied the costumed-clad mom.
Rocky Mountain FanForce, the guiding organizers of the event, generously gave out “play” light sabers to fans only after they successfully answered a trivia question.
“I’ve watched Star Wars since the day I was born,” expressed 10-year-old Kyala, in between casting questions to those wanting to earn the saber. “My dad still collects Star Wars action figures.”
Maureen Kiefer explained her two girls, Lucy and Kate, were set for all photos with pre-defined movie scene poses. “They are obsessed with Star Wars. One day we watched and they’ve been hooked ever since.”
“How many people can say they worked on a real X-Wing?” said Jeff Rodriguez referencing the rare and rewarding opportunity of maintaining the craft. He, along with 10-15 other volunteers, donate hours to keep the craft in top shape. His group works to preserve the space vehicle along with keeping it up-to-date with electronics.
As Yoda would say, “Patience you MUST HAVE my young padawan.” The event will come back around next year and when it does, entertain your inner Storm Trooper with a trip to Wings Over the Rockies.
May the 4th Be With You.
Deonna and Alex stop for a photo with the Revanites, a secret society within the Sith Empire
Revanites unite at Wings Over the Rockies
Tony and Shana from The Rebel Legion enjoy Star Wars Day
True to form, Tony and Shana are good guys from The Rebel Legion
X-Wing Pilots were ready for photos with event guests
The event was in good hands with Jennifer J. Peterson and Jeff Rodriguez
Tony poses with Harmony, who is from the 501st Legion
A view from the X-Wing
A family flocks to photos with Star Wars characters
A family poses at the green screen to be a part of a Star Wars scene
An aspiring Jedi gets a thumbs up for his pose
The next Luke Skywalker
Tina Dohahue, center, enjoys the day with her daughter Kira and son Brendan
Nicole Flores strikes a pose with R2D2s
Gary Flores gets down to R2D2s level at Star Wars Day
A young one comes eye to eye with a droid
Captivating sculptures from movie scenes
A storm trooper takes a picture with a young Jedi
Dad Matt and son Miles show off their light saber skills
Miles shows off his light sabers
Dad Jay dressed as Chewy and enjoys the day with his son Wells
Guests had a great time playing interactive games
The one day a year the X-Wing fighter is open for seating
Diego stuns an X-Wing Fighter pilot
Son Diego and Mom Ruth had a great day
Gina won a seat in the X-Wing Fighter
R2D2 rides in the X-Wing
Reece was loving his moment in the X-Wing
The X-Wing was a hit with all ages
A family takes advantage of the green screen photography
Lucas and Mia post for pictures
Zazi on set at Star Wars Day
Artist Kevin Graham shares his Star Wars creations
It was a great day for Miriam, Alex and Zen
Michael and Nathan pose with a storm trooper
Big smiles for photo ops with Star Wars characters
A fierce Star Wars trio
Blast a Trooper was a popular interactive activity for visitors
A future Jedi learns to blast a trooper
Taking a turn at Blast a Trooper
Brothers Elwood, Jacob and Landon show off their best Star Wars stances
Ready to take on the world
Volunteers Sydney, left, Mia and Lexi
A family day of fun for Mike and Sarah Wasinger and kids
Sarah Wasinger strikes a Star Wars pose
Frank and Logan Jedlicka take time out for a photo
Billy Van Ark and Nikki Ebright show off matching Myth & Legends Con shirts at the event
Britt Zuenzlen enjoys the Star Wars experience with her boys
Comic Book Classroom was there
Young Jedis at 3 and 5 years old
Good friends Kristi Wheeler, left, and Zoe Morgan venture to Star Wars Day for the first time
It’s a fun family day for Walden Walker, Ali and Xavier
Rocky Mountain Fan Force gave out light sabers to fans who correctly answered trivia questions
Reese and Logan quickly answer trivia questions to get their light sabers
Reese and Logan show off their Jedi skills
It’s a magnificent day for Maureen Kiefer and her daughters Kate and Lucy
Maureen Kiefer as her daughters Kate and Lucy strike Star Wars poses
The event was in good hands with Jennifer J. Peterson and Mathew Buirchette steering the ship
Tony and Mathew Burchette take time out for a photo at Star Wars Day at the Hangar
Rocky Mountain Fan Force, The Rebel Legion and 501st Legion
Wings members: free; Others: $45 for a package
Board of Directors:
Amelia Earhart, Charlie Johnson, Clark Griggs, Connor McCallin, Dave Dickerson, David Fetter, Emily Warner, Greg Anderson, Greg Feith, Jack Cronin, Jay Lindell, Jeff Puckett, John Barry, John Knudsen, Lindsay Kough, Mike Edwards, Peter Luce, Terry Stevinson, Tom Marsh, Willie Daniels