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June 12, 2009 14:17 ET

Klingons Invade Small Alberta Town- 2009 Star Trek Convention in Vulcan, Alberta

VULCAN, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - June 12, 2009) -

Editors Note: A photo and a video are included with this Press Release.

The town of Vulcan, Alberta is bracing for a Klingon invasion as they prepare to host what could be their biggest Star Trek convention ever.

Vulcan has become a mecca for all things Star Trek. The town celebrates the famous television and film franchise every year during the community-wide Star Trek convention.

The 2009 Star Trek convention runs June 12 - 14 and it promises to be an out of this world experience. Event highlights include a parade, fireworks display, softball tournament, live entertainment and appearances by former Star Trek cast members. Klingon fanclub KAG Kanada has also chosen to celebrate their 20th anniversary at the event. A full list of events is available on the Vulcan Tourism website.

Vulcan's Star Trek hub is their Tourism and Trek Station. "We had almost 17,000 visitors come through last year," says Dayna Dickens, Vulcan Tourism's spokesperson. "It's a totally unexpected experience in a little town on the prairies."

Besides perusing the station's collection of Star Trek memorabilia, visitors can try out the Vulcan Space Adventure virtual reality game or take a self-guided walking tour of the town. The Tourism and Trek station is open to visitors year-round.

Additional information can be found on the Vulcan Tourism website and on TravelAlberta.com.

Vulcan Alberta Fast Facts

- The town was named over fifty years before the first episode of Star Trek was aired. It wasn't until 1990 that local residents came together to find ways to promote Vulcan as a "Star Trek" town.

- The Vulcan Tourism & Trek Station hosted its first Klingon wedding in 2004.

- The Vulcan Starship FX6 - 1995 statue is 31 feet long and weighs 5 tonnes. Plaques on the base of the statue are written in the English, Klingon and Vulcan languages.

- Vulcan's Galaxy Gift Shop has sold over 30 000 pairs of Vulcan Ears to visitors. These ears are the official souvenirs of the town.

- The town also features a space themed waterpark and two large Star Trek murals.

Related Links

- Vulcan Tourism - http://www.vulcantourism.com

- Travel Alberta - http://www1.travelalberta.com/en-ab/content.cfm?ContentID=1860&ContentTypeID=9999&Show

- Video: Your Town - Vulcan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6mBDpa0XPk

- Vulcan Tourism on Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/DaynaDickens

- Travel Alberta on Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/TravelAlberta

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