Columbus Trade Center hosts first-ever LEGO Convention

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - The Fountain City is hosting its first-ever LEGO convention at the Columbus Trade Center, uniting LEGO lovers of all ages.

It’s a two-day event that’s providing families in the Chattahoochee Valley interactive, creative, and educational activities using LEGOs.

Families and LEGO Lovers poured into the Columbus Convention and Trade Center for the first day of the event on Oct. 21.

“And there’s something here for everyone. There’s Lego castles, Star Wars, there’s mini figures. If you’re a Lego lover, you got to be here.” said Greyson Riley, organizer of the event.

A portion of the proceeds will go towards Creations for Charity, a nonprofit that buys new LEGO sets for underprivileged children during the holidays.

At the Columbus Brick Convention, professional LEGO Artists, such as Amado Pinlac came from across the country to display their creations and meet with fan.

Pinlac is from New Jersey, and he’s been modifying Star Wars LEGO sets and building his own creation for around 20 years.

“When LEGO started producing Star Wars sets that’s when I got all into the hobby,” he said.

Local builders also showcased their LEGO models during the event.

Columbus native Kirk Ticknor brought his LEGO model of downtown Chicago. According to him, it took him about seven winters to complete.

“My wife and I were just kind of messing around with some Legos, and I bought that tallest building there. That’s the Willis Tower. She built one next to it while we were playing around, and I thought maybe I could just build a couple of blocks around it, and that’s when the wheels fell off and the hobby got out of control.” said Ticknor.

Ticknor brought the model to the convention to see the joy on people’s faces specifically kids who are inspired to do the same.

Other local builders was Spider Man King, a 14-year-old from LaGrange, and Andy Bell a builder from Opelika who has been building as an adult since 2012.

Riley talked about all the possibilities there are when it comes to building these marvelous wonders.

“There are so many possibilities with Lego; it gets people off the screens and you’re using your mind and imagination to create. At an event like this, you can come and get inspired, you could meet some Lego masters and you can take that inspiration and go home and build your own masterpiece so an event like this is just really great,” said event organizer Greyson Riley.

The final day of this event will be Sunday, Oct. 22.

For ticket prices and times the event is open, click HERE.

Josiah Berry

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