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‘It’s a bird, it’s a plane’ — • Annual Superman Celebration will be June 8-11

Friday, June 09, 2017 - Updated: 8:37 AM
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Metropolis is again ready to host a super-sized Celebration, complete with Superman, Lois Lane and a couple of villains, as celebrities Dean Cain, Margot Kidder, Sarah Douglas and James Marsters will appear at this year’s event.
The 39th annual Superman Celebration, begins Thursday, June 8 at 5 p.m. at the Superman Statue, where there will also be a skit and a ribbon cutting ceremony.  Following the opening ceremony there will be an award presentation by Massac County United Way, which will present the recipients of the Helping Hands Awards and the Metropolis Planet will announce its 2017 recipient of the annual Lois Lane Award
A staple of the annual Celebration for the Man of Steel always includes celebrity guests with a ‘super’ connection and this year fans will get to see a former Superman, Lois Lane and a couple of villains too.
Actor Dean Cain will make a second appearance to the Superman Celebration.  Cain is best known for portraying Clark Kent and Superman on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.
His list of acting credits is lengthy but most recently, Cain has been portraying Jeremiah Danvers, the foster dad of Supergirl on the WB series Supergirl, which stars Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers, a.k.a. Supergirl.
Making a return appearance to the this year’s Celebration is none other than Lois Lane from the silver screen Margot Kidder.  She began her acting career in the mid 1970s and in 1978 her agent connected her to Richard Donner, who was directing a film called Superman.  When Kidder auditioned for the role, she nabbed the role and the rest, as they say, is history.
Kidder would then star aside beloved Superman, the late Chistopher Reeve in Superman, Superman II, Superman III and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace.
Since that time Kidder has continued her acting career and even appeared in some episodes of Smallville.  Currently Kidder is in the process of writing a book, she tours the world meeting fans at conventions and is a speaker on mental health issues.
Actor James Marsters will make his first appearance to the Celebration and is known by Superman fans as Brianiac from the former WB series Smallville and the voice of Lex Luther in on the DVD release of Superman: Doomsday.
Still other fans associate Marsters as Spike, from the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the spin off, Angel.
Rounding out the celebrity lineup is one of the most known villains from the silver screen Sarah Douglas, who portrayed Ursa in the Superman and Superman II, which put the world-wide spotlight on Douglas, who was already know to audiences in the United Kingdom from her work in theatre, film and television.
Douglas continued her acting career, appearing in such works as Conan The Destroyer, with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Solarbabies, and in the former CBS television series Falcon Crest.
She does frequent vocal work for productions of Dorian Gray and for The Disney Company and stays busy with work in the U.S. and in the U.K.
Fans and visitors to this year’s Superman Celebration will have an opportunity to meet Kidder and Douglas at Autograph Zone, inside Metro Chamber on Friday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to noon and from 3 to 6 p.m. From 1:30-2:30 p.m. Kidder and Douglas will be on a question and answer panel co-hosted by John Field and Jim Bowers at the Metro Tent.
Kidder and Douglas will be available for photos at the Superman Statue prior to their question and answer session.
On Saturday, June 10 they will return to the Autograph Zone from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2:30 to 6 p.m.  Photos and DVDs will be available for purchase at the Autograph Zone.
Cain and Marsters will appear in five autograph sessions, Saturday, June 10, which will be located at the Baymont Theater.  The first session, Autograph Session VIP-A is from 9-10 a.m.; VIP-B, is from 10-11 a.m.; Session C is from 2:30-4 p.m.; Session D is from 4-5 p.m. and Session E will be from 5-6 p.m.
Tickets are required for sessions A-D.  No tickets are required for session E.  Fans will be allowed in as long as time allows until 6 p.m.
There will be a photo opportunity with Cain and Marsters at the Superman Statue, with Dean Cain appearing at the statue on Saturday, June 10 at 11:15 a.m., followed by a question and answer session at the Metro Tent at 11:30 a.m.
Marsters will be at the Statue at 12:30 p.m., with a question and answer session following at 12:45 p.m.
During the four-day celebration, visitors can sample food items at numerous food vendors lined along Market Street and browse sidewalk sales.  The always-popular carnival, located this year near the riverfront, to the west of Dorothy Miller Park, brings all sorts of exciting rides, along with concessions, including corn dogs and cotton candy.
There will be musical entertainment each evening with performances on Thursday evening by the Ball Brothers at 6:30 p.m. followed by Adam Crabb at 8 p.m.  On Friday evening at the Metro Tent a dance party kicks off at 8 p.m. with the Breakfast Club; on Saturday Corey Evitts & Revolver will keep people entertained at the Metro Tent starting at 7 p.m.
Many of the most popular events are returning to this year’s line-up including the Super Road Race, Heroes and Villians Costume Contest, Super Car Show and Supertrek Bike Ride.
Other favorites events include: The Metropolis Rotary Club Car Show, Color-A-Cape for kids, Super Baby Contest and the Supergirl and Superboy pageants, just to name a few.
Right in the middle of all of the activities visitors will have the opportunity to pose with the world-famous 15-foot-tall bronze statue of Superman and tour the Super Museum, which holds the largest collection of Superman memorabilia in the world.
Or, visitors can walk just a few blocks to see the Lois Lane statue, the slightly larger than life bronze statue of Noel Neill, the First Lady of Metropolis.  The celebration continues through Sunday, when the fun concludes at 5 p.m. with a closing skit at the Superman statue.
For more detailed information on the Metropolis Superman Celebration guests,  visit the official websites: supermancelebration.net, metropolischamber.com or metropolistourism.com or call the Metropolis Chamber at 800-949-5740.
The Superman Celebration is hosted by the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce, the City of Metropolis and the Metropolis Area Tourism Commission.

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