Chewbacca Actor Featured During Spring Fling

SOCORRO, N.M. March 24, 2015 – This year’s Spring Fling features a series of special Comic Con type of events, culminating with appearances by four personalities from the Star Wars franchise.

Most notably, Chewbacca – also known as Peter Mayhew – will be on campus, along with Jake Lloyd (the actor who played young Anikin Skywalker and voice actors Jim Cummings and Mark Dodson. The celebrities will be on campus on Sunday, April 12, the final day of the four-day celebration. 

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The weekend’s events kick off with Comedy Night at Macey. Other science fiction related events include a Lord of the Rings scavenger hunt, cosplay contests and Pokemon pool party (among others). Annine Gabaldon said each day of Spring Fling has a different theme. Thursday is Super Hero Day. Friday is Lord of the Rings Day. Saturday is Pokemon Day.  Sunday is the mini comic-con.

Spring Fling sees the return of the regular slate of events, including the mud bog on Saturday, a soccer tournament, plenty of live music and free food.

The schedule:

Thursday, April 9

7:20 Doors open  at Macey

7:30pmBelly Dance- Macey

7:55pm Superhero Minute to Win it games - Macey

8 – 11 pm Comedy Night feat. Sarah Schaefer- Macey

After the show Meet and Greet with Sarah Schaefer - Macy

Friday, April 10

Noon - The Silver Lines (Band)- Gym Pavilion

Noon – 4 pm - BBQ – Gym Pavilion

Noon - Lord of the Rings Scavenger hunt- Gym Pavilion (start point)

12:30 pm – 4 pm Drag Show & Student Dj’s featuring DJ CA$H KIDZ, & DJ Mongoose – Gym Pavilion

1:30 pm - Me, You & Drew (Band) – Gym Pavilion

Noon - 4 pm Costume Make Up:  Star Wars, LOTR, Pokémon, Superheroes - Gym Pavilion

Noon - 4 pm Cartoonist – Gym Pavilion

7 pm- Regicide team challenge hosted by Minecraft Club- Speare Basement

8 pm – 2 am Waffle Rave – SAC

Saturday, April 11

7 am Mud Bog Set Up –Mud Bog

9 am Mud Bog Registration- Mud Bog

10 am – 3:00pm Mud Bog Races – Mud Bog

10 am – 5 pmSoccer 3 v. 3 Tournament- intramural fields 5$ before event 10$ on the day of the event

2 pm SGA Spray Paint Your Own T-shirt- Field

2:30 pm – 5 pm Build Ball (dodge ball with forts!) hosted by  Minecraft Club– Gym

2:30 pm – 5 pm Pokémon Pool Party & Snow Cones – Pool

6 – 7 pm Spaghetti Dinner (Free for students!) – SAC

7 - 10 pm Black Light BINGO (Come win Prizes!)– SAC

Sunday, April 12

11 am – 5 pm Comic Con featuring Peter Mayhew, Jake Lloyd, Jim Cummings, and Mark Dodson. Free for college students with ID, $20 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and younger. Peter Mayhew Fee for autograph is $30 Photo is $20, Jake Lloyd, Jim Cummings, and Mark Dodson Fee for autograph is $20, for voicemail $20 (Jim Cummings and Mark Dodson only) for Photo $10.  – Fidel

1 pm – 2 pm Cos play Costume Contest hosted by Girls of Geek- Fidel

The Visiting Celebrities

Peter Mayhew- Peter played Chewbacca in the original franchise as well at Episode III Revenge of the Sith and will be reprising Chewbacca in the new film Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens. He is one of few actors who as been in all three trilogy's. 

Jim Cummings- Jim is one of the industries leading voice actors. Jim is the voice of Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Darkwing Duck, Scar, Cat-Dog and Hondo on Star Wars Clone Wars. He will be reprising Hondo on the new series Star Wars Rebels. Jim as probably voiced at least one character in all of your students favorite childhood cartoons. 

Mark Dodson- Mark is a voice actor as well. He was the voice of Salacious Crumb in Star Wars Episode VI Return of the Jedi and many of the gremlins including George, Daffy and Lenny in Gremlins I & II. 

Jake Lloyd- Young Anikan Skywalker and also starred in the hit Turbo man with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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