Salt lake Geex expo and Comic Con. The massive event brought in close to 80,000 people. This record setting event was sold out each day, including the Salt Lake county Fire Marshall indicating that the Salt Palace convention center was at capacity for the event.
How? With so many convention type of event in Utah, what made this event so huge? Marketing! Dan Farr and his team including Snapp Connor , Media-One (Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret News) and a slew of volunteers pull off a feat not seen in Salt Lake City. We also need to remember is was you the guest that made this happen, by snatching up VIP passes, to Sat only passes (by the way the biggest turn out for the 3 days of con).
The guests were amazing. I personally met Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca from Star Wars), he is such a nice gent, and actually a goofball in person. Dwight Schultz as well who played the original Mad-dog murdock in the A-Team, Lt. Barclay in Star Trek: First contact and many years on various television shows.
I even had the chance to stop by the booth for the awesome people that brought Evil Dead the musical to Las Vegas! They had to tone it down a bit for the conservative community of Salt Lake City Utah. It was just too fun over all.
Now there were guest that we didn’t have a chance to meet in person, including Stan Lee, William Shatner, David Prowse, Dirk Benedict , Richard Hatch, Kevin Sorbo, Lou Ferrigno , etc etc… The main reason was the crowd! This is the Disney world of Con’s for Utah. You can’t see everything in a single day.
Speaking of the crowd, the line to get in went around the entire block and was at least 2 hours long. That being said once inside the dealer area on the main convention floor, it was wall to wall people. I planned on chatting with more people directly but it was just too noisy. This is not a complaint, but a fact that this large event just brought more people to one location at one time. My feet are killing me, and the back of my feet didn’t like getting hit with all the strollers.
I wish I was able to attend all 3 days, so I could play out where I would be going and work the gauntlet known as the Salt Lake Comic Con crowd.