Anthony Fox from the Mouse Pire Podcast, Cosplayer Bekah Page, and Richard and Sarah Woloski from the Skywalking Through Neverland Podcast.
Star Wars Reads is an exciting family oriented event focused on the importance of reading. This was my first year attending and I was surprised to learn that next year they'll be celebrating ten years of galactic fun! This free event held in Rancho Cucamonga, California at Victoria Gardens has continued to grow each year with familiar faces all helping to make the event something grand. A few of the highlights this year included the Conversations with Billy Dee Williams interview where Mr. Williams discussed his favorite material to read and his unique experiences in playing Lando Calrissian. Richard and Sarah Woloski from the Skywalking Through Neverland Podcast were also there to spread their love of Star Wars by hosting an interactive show, and members of the 501st Legion, Rebel Legion, Mandalorian Mercs, and Saber Guild made the day extra special by making you feel like you were in a Star Wars world. I mean, how could you not with Troopers, Jawas, Mandalorians, and awesome lightsabers surrounding you all day?
The force was strong with these vehicles created by Obi-Shawn.
How cute is this AT-AT built by The Inland Empire Lego User Group?
Rare Star Wars merchandise from California Vintage Star Wars Collector's Club.
Everywhere you turned there was some form of entertainment to enjoy. From Star Wars vehicles created by Obi-Shawn, to crafting tables where you could create your very own Yoda ears! Fans were having a blast conversing with others and taking lots of photos at all of the photo backdrop stations. The overall feel of the event was very much like being at a convention. Everyone had cheerful attitudes and were genuinely excited to be celebrating all that it means to be a Star Wars fan. I had fun taking selfies with Troopers (which you can find on my Instagram) and admiring some collectibles I had never seen before from the California Vintage Star Wars Collector's Club and the awesome LEGO sets put together by The Inland Empire Lego User Group.
Sal from the cosplaying family, Rogue Rebels.
(Left) Brandon from Chief Geek Photography was the nicest Finn I've ever met.
The 501st Legion Costume gallery.
(Left) Bekah Page in her Mandalorian armor.
The amount of talented cosplayers had a strong presence at the event. They were all so kind and willing to be photographed by anyone who made a request all day for two days! Major props to them! There were also fans who represented their love of Star Wars through their every-day attire. I wish I had been able to snap more photos of all their creative ensembles! Speaking of OOTDs, I wore the Princess Leia Hoodie by Her Universe, a Star Wars Tee I picked up years ago from Star Trader at Disneyland which reads "The Good, the Bad, and The Fuzzy", and the Crawl Wrap Bracelet from Gamestop by Love and Madness.
I would highly suggest attending this event if you're in the area next year. Because trust me, there was so much more than what I've shared with you here today. I'm positive any Star Wars fan would enjoy it!
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