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You may recall that in 2012, three Hutchinson residents launched a campaign to rename the city after Superman’s hometown, saying the two share many traits. Plus, the move would likely provide an economic boost to the area. Although the city council didn’t approve a permanent change, last year it did declare June 21 “Smallville Day,” for which The Hutchinson News temporarily became The Daily Planet.
This year, plans are bigger, with the Smallville Festival kicking off Thursday with downtown events that include a car show, Superman-themed photo booth and a screening of Man of Steel, followed on Friday with such activities as a picnic in the park and a benefit concert. And then Saturday sees the first Smallville ComicCon, with guests that include Smallville veterans Alaina Huffman and Phil Morris.
“What I want this festival to represent is the smallest things mean the most,” Christopher Wietrick, who spearheaded the initial Smallville campaign, tells The Hutchinson News. “I want it to serve as a reminder that something little can make a difference. The festival is about giving back and celebrating our heroes.”
Friday was “Smallville Day” in Hutchinson, Kansas, as the city changed its name for 24 hours to pay tribute to Superman’s hometown. The Hutchinson News, however, honored another name that’s synonymous with Superman, as the newspaper changed its name to The Daily Planet: Smallville Edition for the day. Clark Kent, Lois Lane, Perry White and Jimmy Olsen all receive credits in the paper, while several past “Supermen” get their photos on the front page (poor Brandon Routh once again gets the shaft).
On that same day, Superman joined the inventor of basketball, 1970s rock band Kansas and the 1st Kansas Colored Infantry Regiment as the 2013 class of the Kansas Hall of Fame. Experience Hutch details some of the other activities that occurred on Smallville Day and notes it’s been good for tourism.
“The Smallville push has already brought international visitors to Hutchinson, in anticipation of it happening. It will bring other visitors who want to experience Smallville as well. It’s not for everyone, as most tourism is not. But it’s important to a segment of the population and their money is as good as everyone else’s,” the website writes.
Check out the front of “The Daily Planet” after the jump.
After 141 years, Hutchinson, Kansas, is ready for a big change — or at least three of its residents are.
Comics fans Ben Eisiminger, KC McNeely and Christopher Wietrick believe their city has so much in common with Smallville, the fictional hometown of Clark Kent, that Hutchinson should change its name.
To that end, the aspiring comic artist and his two friends have launched a Facebook page called simply, Hutchinson, KS Should Be Named “Smallville.” “Our hometown has several tourist attractions already,” the page states. “We would love to see that increase by a great amount and we strongly believe that (should this happen) it would be a huge economic boost to the city, county and area.” Since its July 15 debut, the page has garnered 1,241 “Likes” — not bad for a city of 42,080 people (a figure that may or may not include a stray Kryptonian or two).