It’s a bird… it’s a plane… it’s a Superman Celebration! Each year, the little town of Metropolis, IL hosts a big celebration in honor of the super-est of superheroes. In case you’re a little rusty on your comic book history, Clark Kent (Superman) moved from his hometown, Smallville, Kansas, to Metropolis for his job at the Daily Planet. Part ComicCon, part neighborhood fair, and come on, part absolute glorious geekiness, the Superman Celebration is more than worth a stop.
Need proof? No problem!
1. Costumes. Duh.
There’s a reason why this is number one on the list. Because, really, is there anything better than grown men walking around in spandex? Watching a pseudo-fight between Joker and Superman in the street? Catching a Communist Batman (yes, that really happened!)? This is people-watching at it’s finest, and prime opportunity for some pretty epic selfies. If you are a million times more brave than I, you can also join in on the fun. And if you’ve really got this costume thing covered, the Superman Celebration hosts a costume contest with a pretty tempting grand prize of $1,000. Go ahead, unleash your inner
2. Fair Food. Always a win.
Maybe it’s just because I’ve been out of the country for far too long, but seeing these brightly colored signs advertising fried foods galore gets my heart chugging–and not just from clogged arteries! Deep-fried pickles and funnel cakes are two of my favorite guilty pleasures, and add in some corn dog goodness and ice-cold lemon shake-ups… heavenly. Besides, it’s just so… AMERICAN. The Superman Celebration has it all.
3. Celebrity Sightings
^^That’s me looking extra short next to the Superman Celebration’s OFFICIAL Superman–actor Josh Boultinghouse.
The Superman Celebration always arranges a pretty good lineup of Superman celebs, like my favorite from this year, Dean Cain. Yep, that’s the Superman from the 90’s television series Lois & Clark that my brother and I grew up watching (thanks to dad’s obsession with Teri Hatcher!). Billy Dee Williams was also on the lineup this year, probably most well-known for his role as Lando Calrissian from Star Wars. And don’t forget Valerie Perrine and Aaron Smolinski. Get some autographs and rub shoulders with the big guys.
4. Quirky Events
I promise, I witnessed the most impressive game of Superman Trivia of my entire life. These people know their stuff! But there’s so much more than that… the Superman Celebration is jam-packed with events to suit everyone’s tastes. From art panels for the comic aficionados, to Mario Kart tournaments for the gamers, to BMX and K-9 shows for the family, it’s hard to get bored! There’s even a Smallville Prom!
5. And Finally… Because There’s Nothing Better than Superman to Bring Out the Kid in All of Us!
Superman once said, “There is a right and a wrong in the universe and that distinction is not hard to make.” There’s something refreshingly beautiful (if not a little naive) about the guy. I mean, he’s eternally and thoroughly… good. The Boy Scout of superheroes. That’s what makes a big difference between Superman’s world and that of other characters like Batman, where good and bad often blur and superheroes have their own skeletons in their closets. With his boyish charm, Superman brings back the simplistic comic-book morality of older days, standing tall in defense of “Truth, Justice, and the American Way.” Take a walk in Metropolis, and it’s almost like a little vacation from the stressful complexities of modern life… where Superman is still super, and right and wrong still easily defined. So eat a snow cone, let it drip down your chin, wait in line for a picture with Superman, and put your belly in that spandex, anyway. This is the Superman Celebration, and that’s all the excuse you need!
- The Superman Celebration usually lasts for a long weekend in mid-June, this year June 12-15.
- Metropolis, IL is located just outside of Paducah, near the border between IL and KY.
- Find more info on the official website, http://www.supermancelebration.net