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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Hutchinson might host longer 'Smallville' festival

  • Hutchinson is considering a stronger effort to promote its claim of being the hometown of Superman's alter ego, Clark Kent.Last year, the city renamed itself Smallville for one day. But a promoter asked the City Council Tuesday to consider expanding the designation to four days to coincide with a festival celebrating the ...
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  • Hutchinson is considering a stronger effort to promote its claim of being the hometown of Superman's alter ego, Clark Kent. Last year, the city renamed itself Smallville for one day. But a promoter asked the City Council Tuesday to consider expanding the designation to four days to coincide with a festival celebrating the fictional character and other superheroes. Superman's hometown has often been depicted as being somewhere in Kansas, although no specific city was ever named and some Superman fans claim he was born in different states. Organizer Christopher Wietrick asked the council to support the larger festival, which would coincide with a Smallville Comic-Con on June 21-22 at the Kansas State Fairgrounds, The Hutchinson News reported. "We can build a big festival that will draw tourism into town," he told the council. Mayor Bob Bush said he didn't think anyone would object to proclaiming Hutchinson Smallville for June 19-22. "As the first mayor of Smallville, you've increased my whimsy factor," Bush said. Wietrick said he is working with several businesses and hopes to organize a free community picnic and a day of music as part of the festival.
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