Whether you dream of seeing the Batmobile up close or meeting the man behind the voice of Chewbacca, the Washington State Toy and Geek Fest from June 30 to July 1 at the Washington State Fairgrounds will have something for every fan.
The two-day fan fest is not just a celebration of all things geek culture, but also a place where enthusiasts and collectors of all ages can join forces to dote over their favorite creators and memorabilia. See a replica DeLorean Time Machine, replica cars from “Mad Max,” the Optimus Prime truck from “Transformers,” a replica of Luke Skywalker’s Landspeeder, and more.
Cosplay competitions, Pathfinder games, and a large-scale area for post-apocalyptic laser tag will be on site as well for anyone brave enough to battle it out. For those who aren’t quite up for a duel, the Washington State National Guard will have military displays available that many may have only seen in miniature sizes before.
This year’s Toy and Geek Fest will be bigger than the last, which was held at a different venue on the Washington State Fairgrounds with only 60 vendors. “It was so well attended that we reached maximum capacity,” said Steve James, co-owner of Images and Events and the fest’s organizer. “We saw that the show filled a need for the community and we expanded on the show.”
The Toy and Geek Fest is a family-friendly event. Kids can enter their own cosplay competition or have some fun in one of the seven bounce houses that will be packed onto the grounds.
A lineup of celebrities will be ready for professional photographs and autographs, including Tom Welling from “Smallville” and “Lucifer,” Mehcad Brooks from “Supergirl” and “True Blood,” and Kevin Sussman from “Big Bang Theory.” Younger attendees can meet Peyton List from Disney’s “Jessie and Bunk’d,” and BooBoo Stewart and Cameron Boyce from “Descendants.” Attendees can purchase a spot in advance online to meet their favorite celebrity.
The Toy and Geek Fest would not be complete without an array of toys for attendees to view. Vintage and modern toy enthusiasts alike should be ready to “ooh” and “awe” over the collections on display. You may even run into industry personalities like Criz Bee and Jake Stevens from “Toy Run” podcast, Jordan Hembrough from the Travel Channel’s “Toy Hunter,” and Brian Volk-Weiss, executive producer of Netflix’s “The Toys that Made Us.”
The Fest will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 1. Tickets cost $34 for single-day and $62 for the full weekend for an adult, and children’s tickets are priced at $20 per day.