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Trek Expo 2008 – June 6, 7, and 8

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If you’re a science fiction fan in Oklahoma, you won’t find very many events to go to.  For whatever reason, the number of sci-fi conventions sharply dropped off about five years ago.  There used to be five or six a year, and now, there’s really only one: Trek Expo.  The Expo started out in Oklahoma City, then moved to Tulsa.  While it’s not strictly an OKC event any longer, I thought I’d post about it since it’s a huge Oklahoma event for fans of science fiction and fantasy.  Plus, Tulsa isn’t that far from OKC, and if you’re here visiting, it makes a nice little side trip.

Trek Expo started out pretty small.  I remember one of the first ones I attended had two guests.  Now, though, the expo is a three day event.  Trek Expo 2008 will be held June 6, 7, and 8, which is a Friday through Sunday.  In the past, some guests have only attended one day, but it looks like this year, all the actors will be at the convention for the entire three days, so even if you can only make it one day, you should still be able to meet them and get their autographs if you want (although there is a charge for autographs, especially from the headline guests).

This year’s Trek Expo line up includes Nichelle Nichols and Walter Koenig from Star Trek, Adam Baldwin from Firefly and Serenity, Linda Park from Enterprise, Helen Slater from Supergirl, and more.  The guests will appear on stage at least once during the weekend to talk about their acting experiences and to answer questions from fans.  Following that, you’ll be able to get their autographs.  You can also buy a photograph ticket.  This ticket lets you get a professional photo of you with your favorite star.  Some of the guests will have booths in the dealers room, so you can even take a few minutes to chat with them if you’d like.

In addition to the guests and the merchandise available, a special dinner is held Saturday night.  Called the Supper with the Stars, this dinner lets attendees actually have dinner with one of the actors attending the convention.  Tickets for the supper are $25, but you get more than just dinner: live entertainment is also included.  This year, that entertainment is the Enterprise Blues Band, a jazz band made up of some of the
Enterprise guest stars.

Admission is $20 per day if you just want to attend the convention.  If you want autographs, they’re extra.  There are also some special tickets like the Gold ticket.  This gets you admission to all three days of Trek Expo, the dinner, autographs, and a reserved seat close to the stage, but it’s also $325.  If that’s not affordable, however, there are some in-between tickets that might fit more in your price range.  Check out www.trekexpo.net for full guest and ticket information as well as directions.

While it might seem expensive, if you’re a sci-fi fan, you’ll probably enjoy the Trek Expo.  As you can see, the con brings in some big names.  In fact, in the past, Kate Mulgrew, William Shatner, Avery Brooks, Jonathan Frakes and wife Genie Francis, and many other guests have visited Oklahoma, and I’m sure future Trek Expos will continue to bring in big stars.  As one of the only sci-fi conventions left in Oklahoma, it provides one of the few opportunities to meet great actors and other fans and have a lot of fun.

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  • 1 Alane Bronson // May 18, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    As a new person to Oklahoma and a sci-fi geek, I found this website was much better.
    http://www.scificonventions.com/html/stateevents.php
    Star trek is not the only sci-fi and I know I am not the only one who feels the prices for the trek expo are outrageous!
    In addition to this, I am awaiting information on Paracon at http://www.ghouli.org/ParanormalConference.htm
    Last year they held it at the end of September in El Reno. I’m not sure if it will be the same site again, but I’m interested!
    Thanks!
    Alane Bronson

  • 2 matt // May 27, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    Trek Expo has gotten more expensive, I agree, but I think it does a great job on not just focusing on Star Trek. They usually have a good number of guests from other sci-fi shows. But I do see your point–this year, the guest list is a bit unbalanced.

  • 3 Amy Miller // Nov 22, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    I have been to every Trek Expo in Tulsa, never heard of them in OKC, up until this year, when I missed it. They started out with just Trek, it’s true, but there wasn’t anyone else to include back then. They’ve got comics, they try to include any sci-fi going on, and the last few years they try to get at least one both with authors. Yes, they’re not DragonCon (been there, done that, wish I could afford to go back), but they’re better than anything else I’ve seen in this area. They try hard to get someone new every year, as well as the repeat guests who seem to be there every year.

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