Superman Celebration turning into big business for vendors
METROPOLIS, IL — For the 38th consecutive year Metropolis is paying homage to the last son of Krypton and the free fun is turning into big business.
For organizer Lisa Gower the Metropolis Superman Celebration went faster than a speeding bullet.
“It was very hot, so we didn’t know what to expect, but we are very pleased with the turnout,” said Gower. “We’re thinking there were between 35,000 and 40,000 people.”
High temperatures, pop up storms, and a power outage could’ve worked like kryptonite, but Morgan Siebert says business is booming.
“We stockpile all year and kind of plan it out and try to get rare stuff in here and t-shirts, hats, and magnets for tourists,” said Morgan Siebert of the Superman Museum.
“I’ve stocked up on every t-shirt I can find that’s got everything related to Superman,” said tourist Peter Sauter. “I promised myself I wasn’t going to go anywhere near the comic books because my suitcase would end up being 70 or 80lbs” Sauter said.
Superman Peter Sauter came all the way from New Zealand to Metropolis and says he’s leaving Smallville with more memories than merchandise.
“We’re all enjoying ourselves,” said Sauter. We’re all getting along because we’ve all got a common connection and we take photographs of each other and find out where everybody is from. It’s just such a positive, uplifting experience.”
The Metropolis Superman Celebration wrapped up Sunday night, but for super fan Terry Leach the celebration is just getting started. Organizers worked with the Kids Wish Network to make a special video to send to the 17-year-old from California who suffers from Huntington’s Disease. Leach was too sick to make it to the celebration.