It’s April, and that means it is once again time for Atlanta, GA to transform…into Treklanta! Hosted by the USS Republic NCC-1371, Treklanta is an annual science fiction convention dedicated to space opera in general and Star Trek in particular. This convention places special emphasis on fan-based events, activities, programming and productions. Treklanta is the home of the Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant and the Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards.
Special Events at Treklanta
You read that right. Not only is there a Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant, but this is the 18th year of the contest. Contestants are judged on three categories. First is beauty – the combination of quality and professionalism of their costumes, make-up and “modeling.” They can choose an existing Klingon from canon, or create their own. They will be asked to strut the runway in costume and character. The second category is talent. Contestants get 5 minutes to sing, dance, act or display another talent. Violence is generally frowned upon, so no flaming bat’leth twirling. The third category is personality. Contestants will be asked a question and must answer a panel of judges who just happen to be the guests of Treklanta.
Guests at Treklanta
Fans will recognize Treklanta guests from their work both on and off screen. David Gerrold is a classic sci-fi writer who will go down in history as having created some of the most popular stories in the genre. He is the author of over 50 books and the famous “Trouble with Tribbles” episode of Star Trek. John Garman “J. G.” Hertzler, from Savannah, Georgia, has portrayed many different roles on several Star Trek series. He is one of only five actors to play seven or more different characters in the Star Trek franchise. James Horan has played various characters in four different Star Trek series. Scott L. Schwartz is an actor and stunt performer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is best known as Bruiser in the Ocean’s 11 franchise. The full list of guests can be found HERE.
Events at Treklanta
Treklanta is home to the Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards. This award show was started in 2015 and continues to celebrate the Trek fandom. Alien designs will be the topic of the “But I Don’t Want to be a Klingon” panel. There will be plenty of discussion around the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery show. One session will discuss the similarities between the Borg and The Walking Dead. The Trek Toys and Mego meet-up will focus on 50 years of Klingons. Fans can meet the Klingon Assault Group. Saturday even celebrates a Trek-themed wedding between two fans. Late night festivities include Dirty Harry’s Karaoke Cantina. Astrophysicist Dr. Larry Krumenaker will take fans outside to display Trek-themed astronomy. Fans who are early risers can even do some morning Mokbara (tai chi).
Where is Treklanta?
Treklanta takes place from April 28 – 30, 2017. It will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton Atlanta Northlake Hotel. The Doubletree is located at 4156 Lavista Road at I-285 in the Atlanta suburb of Tucker.
For official information, visit the official Treklanta web site.