Fair Isle, Iowa (AP) Iowa’s first Star Wars-themed fair will host the premiere of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” on Friday and a special opening night celebration that includes a lightsaber duel and a “Star War” costume contest.
The fair will open to the public in September and host screenings of “The Force Awakens” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and an “Indiana Jones” costume competition.
The opening night festivities include a lightsaber battle with “The Last Jedi’s” Darth Vader and a costume contest featuring Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Darth Maul, Leia Organa, Anakin Skywalker, Finn, Boba Fett, Rey and Darth Maul.
“This will be our biggest, most iconic fair to date,” said Robert L. Kieff, president and CEO of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
“We’re thrilled to invite you to join us in this special event.”
The fair’s director, Chris Fenton, said the fair is committed to showcasing the state’s diverse culture and heritage in an innovative and inclusive way.
He said the opening night event will include “Star wars” themed events and a lightsaber competition.
Iowa State University’s Mark J. Hays said Iowa’s state fair system is unique in that it is open to students, faculty, staff and visitors.
“The fair is a great place to learn about and learn about Iowa and its rich history,” Hays told The Associated Press in an email.
“Its the only state fair in the nation that offers an educational program to engage students in the arts, sciences and crafts and in all areas of our community, including cultural and ethnic heritage.”
The Iowa Fair Commission plans to open the fair to the general public in 2018 and expand it to include new activities and exhibits.