fantasyfestival2008.jpgGloria writes: Join Fantasy Festival 2008, April 26th at the University of Utah Union Building, Salt Lake City, Utah. Programming starts at 10 am. Fantasy Festival will conclude with a dance that ends at 11pm.

The schedule includes noted speakers, including Dr. Michael Drout, head of the English department at Wheaton College. He will be the keynote speaker addressing “From Middle earth to Hogwarts.” Dr. Drout is editor of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Beowulf and the Critics.” In addition he will also present a class on Beowulf. Further, there will be other scholarly presentations by professors and professionals, including Dr. Stephen Fullmer of Utah Valley University and John Kilgore of Eastern Illinois University.

Aside from the academic tract, there will classes on costuming, prosthetics, makeup, and crafts. Additionally, there will be a “Kid’s room” which will offer games, activities and crafts. As part of our fundraiser, silent auction charity baskets, which include, spa treatments, dinners, Sideshow Weta statues, will be auctioned off.

Into The West, sponsor of this event, is a 501 c 3 Non Profit organization. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Community Share Program and Reading for the Future. Please spread the word to your colleagues, students, friends and family.

This full day event is $20.00 when you register early) and $25.00 at the door. The website has a direct link to registration and Paypal as well as detailed information on lodging, meals, and vendors.