MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - Hundreds of Star Trek fans filled downtown Minneapolis this weekend for a one-of-a-kind convention.
The 50 Year Mission Tour, hosted by Creation Entertainment, took over the Hyatt Regency for three days. Actors from the series, including Terry Farrell, Vaughn Armstrong and William Shatner, were in attendance.
Shatner was the headliner of the event, speaking to a crowd of several hundred Sunday.
“We took a picture with him and I got a little misty eyed,” said Heather Muller of Minnetonka.
Muller dressed up as Shahna, a drill thrall from the planet of Triskelion. Her children, also huge fans, dressed up as crew members from the Starship Enterprise.
Muller’s daughter Anna was born after the show was canceled, but her obsession has grown thanks to the recent Star Trek movies.
Anna said she’s the only kid at school who watches Star Trek.
“I keep talking about it and they're like what is that?” she said.
Not everyone was dressed in costume Sunday. One fan told us his “normal” appearance always gets more looks than those in costume.
"I came here ten years ago and I kept running into people who say, you don't look like you belong at a Star Trek convention. I don't know what that means,” he said. "Not all Star Trek fans live in their parent’s basement and some of us have kissed girls—and that's ok."
After some convincing, Kevin Doheny got his husband to spend the weekend at the convention.
"He's like, do you want to go? I'm like, sure why not,” said Jim Jaeger. “I was assimilated. I think I’m a Trekker now.”
The tour will continue on to Chicago, followed by San Francisco.