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Starship Enterprise will orbit Washington State Fair

“Star Trek: The Exhibition” is coming to the Washington State Fair in September.
“Star Trek: The Exhibition” is coming to the Washington State Fair in September. Courtesy

If Capt. James T. Kirk was a hoarder, we might end up with something like the show coming to the Washington State Fair in September.

“Star Trek: The Exhibition” will be the marquee event in Puyallup Sept. 11-27. It is the largest collections of “Trek” sets, props and costumes on public display, including items from all five television series and 11 “Star Trek” movies.

Licensed by CBS, the show is an interactive, museum-style experience that requires a separate ticket for entry, in addition to the fair admission.

Among the main attractions is the opportunity to sit in the captain’s chair where Kirk (portrayed by actor William Shatner) commanded the first U.S.S. Enterprise starship. Visitors will also get plenty of photo ops, including an opportunity to pose in front of an Enterprise model.

The exhibition also promises that fans will have opportunities to “explore the worlds, wisdom, science, stories, cultures, characters, fashions and fantasies of the Star Trek universe.”

The legion of “Star Trek” devotees is vast. The TV shows, movies and various spinoffs in every medium have been a thriving subculture since the 1960s.

Exhibit tickets can be purchased in advance for $6.50 until Sept 10 at thefair.com/fun/details/star-trek, or $8 at the fair. Children 5 years and younger can enter the exhibit for free when accompanied by a paid adult.

“Star Trek: The Exhibition” is produced by EMS Entertainment. The company creates interactive exhibitions, family entertainment and live stage productions. Their shows includes “Barbie The Dreamhouse Experience,” “CSI: The Experience,” and others including Leonardo da Vinci, the Chinese terracotta warriors and dinosaurs.

EMS announced earlier this month the creation of a new “Star Trek” exhibition. “Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience” that uses “Star Trek” to teach visitors about science and technology. It will have its debut at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa in May 2016.

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