Cedar Rapids, IA
February 16, 2007
Story and Photos by Ron Lanning (scalperhunter1)


The wind was howling and the air was colder than a January night on Hoth. But that didn't deter 18 Star Wars enthusiasts from invading the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena. Two Boba Fetts, Luke, Leia, Han, Jar Jar Binks, two Jedi, an Imperial Officer, seven Stormtroopers, a Biker Scout and a Red Imperial Guard took to the task of entertaining over 3000 Hockey and Star Wars fans.

Not unlike last year the night consisted of shaking hands, signing autographs, photo ops and making little kids smile. The two most popular costumes had to be the 6' 7" Stormtrooper and the Senatorial Jar Jar Binks. We heard a few "I hate Jar Jar" and "I wish you were dead Jar Jar" comments but those were overwhelmed by the number of times we heard "WOW, look mom it's Jar Jar" and "I love you Jar Jar." The Binkster was a big hit with the kids.

We were pleased with the number of costumers that turned out on a night of fairly bad weather. There were people from Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Omaha, St. Louis and Minneapolis. One of my favorites for the night was the opportunity to embarrass six of my former students. After having their picture taken with the RG I would take off my helmet and say HI! The expressions on their faces were priceless.

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