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Utahn home from military surprises mom at FanX

By Alex Cabrero, KSL TV | Posted - Apr 20th, 2019 @ 10:32pm


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SALT LAKE CITY – It’s never a bad thing to get away from real life for a little while.

Especially at FanX, where you can truly become anybody.

From wizards and Ghostbusters, to little Ewoks and the creativity it takes to become Punk Snow White, inside the Salt Palace in downtown Salt Lake City you can be any character you want.

"I’m way more nerdy than I was four years ago," said the woman playing Punk Snow White.

FanX participants, both costumed and in plain clothes, wander through the booths at the annual convention in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 20, 2019. (Photo: John Perry, KSL)

“I’m Rory Mercury," said Melina Crump, who lives in Lehi. "It’s from an anime called 'Gates.'"

You can also be from any world you want. Anakin Skywalker and Padme costumes were proof of that.

"There’s no sand here, so I’m liking it," said Jared Casper with a laugh, as he walked around in his Anakin costume.

It’s also OK to be here even if you’re not quite sure you want to be here in the first place.

"I’m the reluctant mom. That is what he asked me to be today,” said a mother with a laugh, walking around in regular clothes as she followed her son who was dressed up.

It sure takes a lot to put on an event like this, so in the volunteer room KSL asked Toni Montrose about it.

"We help the volunteers with all their needs. We feed them, we give them supplies, and check them in and out for their shifts, and help them with any questions they have,” Montrose said.

It was at that moment she noticed someone, did a double take, and screamed.

"I’m gonna cry!" So good to see you!" she yelled.

Toni Montrose and her son, Samuel Petit, talk to KSL at FanX in Salt Lake City Saturday, April 20, 2019. Petit surprised his mom Saturday by unexpectedly returning home from his military service in Arizona. (Photo: John Perry, KSL TV)

It was her son, Samuel Petit, who got home from Arizona this morning and decided to surprise his mom.

"She just wasn’t looking this way. I’m like, 'Hey, Mom.' She looks over and I’m like, well that was uneventful," said Petit.

“It just took a second to click is all,” Montrose said, with another laugh.

He didn’t even need a costume to be her favorite. And maybe that’s what FanX should be best known for: the excitement of seeing others, whether you know them or not.

"Even though they’re complete strangers, you guys feel like lifelong friends, you know? Everybody just gets along,” Casper said.

FanX wrapped up Saturday at 7 p.m. So if you want to get in on all the costuming fun, you'll have to wait until next year.

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