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Chapel Con Comic and Entertainment Festival

Albert Lea hosts the second annual 'pop culture convention.'

Posted: Jul 22, 2018 10:45 PM

ALBERT LEA, Minn. - From R2D2, to figurines, to celebrities, the 2nd annual Chapel Con Comic and Enterntainment Festivatl was a hit. 

"It's a one stop shop for all things nerd," event-goer Jason Hickman said. 

Gilbert Johnson helped organize the event, which he calls a pop culture convention. 

"Yes there are comics here but it expands the gamut of TV, entertainment, movies, all that stuff," he said. 

The event, which included food, meeting celebrities, and shopping the vendors brought a few thousand people to Albert Lea throughout the weekend. Many event-goers dressed up. 

"Today I have come as a Scottish pirate," Hickman said. 

It might not be something everyone participates in, but that doesn't stop him. 

"Everybody's got their thing. I don't get why people like golf. You chase a ball around. I'd rather do this than that," he said. 

"I know my family doesn't quite get it because they think I'm just being childish," event-goer Mariah White said. "But I feel like this is better than going out every weekend. This is my hobby, this is my fun time ,this is my inner child exploring."

People at the festival said it's about more than just the costumes people put on. 

This is my favorite part about it: it's like a whole nother community, walking into a whole nother family, everyone accepts you for what you're doing," White said. 

"Meeting new people, meeting new people who are into the same kind of stuff that I am into, and introducing my friends to it who haven't been to a con before," Hickman said. 

"It's one of the most free places a person can be. I mean there's no judgement about what you're dressed as or who you're dressed as it doesn't matter. We're an open communitym" Johnson said. 

The two-day event was held at the Albert Lea City Arena. Some of the celebrities included Ryan Hurst best known for his role on Sons of Anarchy, R.J. Mitte, Kiowa Gordon, and Aaron Schwartz. To learn more about the event, click here

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