wizard jamboree

Ryan Barlow, left, listens as Aaron Lee Yeager asks a question during the Wizard Jamboree on Friday at USU.

A Salt Lake-based fan event is expanding to Logan for the first time this summer.

“Celebrating the thing you love is probably the most superlative experience you can have,” said Aaron Yeager, the program director for Wizarding Dayz.

Wizarding Dayz was created in 2016 as a way to “bring fantasy fans together and books to life.”

Carrie Rogers-Whitehead is one of the co-creators of the event and said as a former librarian, she is a believer in the power fandom has to get people interested in reading.

“I love books. I love to make them come alive,” Rogers-Whitehead said. “I have found the amazing power of geeks and fandom to get people to read and get people to learn.”

Previous Wizarding Dayz events have been held in Sandy. Rogers-Whitehead said they decided to expand to Logan because the Cache County Events Center invited them to come.

Yeager said the goal is for that expansion to continue.

“We kind of imagine it being like a traveling fantasy carnival,” Yeager said.

The event features hands-on activities, vendors and business, authors, panels and games. Rogers-Whitehead said what makes the event unique is they do not have celebrities, but instead focus on workshops and classes.

“We love to focus on all the amazing books out there,” Rogers-Whitehead said.

Books and series that will be featured at the Logan event include “Alice in Wonderland,” The Chronicles of Narnia and Harry Potter.

To create interest and spread awareness for the event, a small outreach event was held last week in the Hub at Utah State University.

A handful of people turned up to play “geeky games,” such as “Well, Actually,” where a host reads off statements about different fandoms and participants correct the statement.

Yeager said the hope was this will also help them find volunteers for the event, since it is set up in a by-fans, for-fans style.

Wizarding Dayz is July 19-20 at the Cache County Events Center, 490 S. 500 West, Logan. For information can be found at wizardingdayz.com.

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