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People traveled far and wide to attend the Golden-Con: Thank You For Being a Fan convention from Friday, April 22, to Sunday, April 24.
“We’ve welcomed about 2,200 folks through Golden-Con so far,” event co-producer Zack Hudson told Fox News Digital in an email.
“Ticket sales indicate we’ll welcome about 800 more folks today,” he continued.
“We have folks coming from as far away as Australia, Ireland and England.”
Sisters Hillary Wasicek and Melissa Gluck dressed in costumes depicting Dorothy Zbornak and Blanche Devereaux from the hit TV sitcom “The Golden Girls.” The pair attended a fan convention dedicated to the sitcom in Chicago on Friday, April 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Terry Tang)
Fans traveled to Chicago’s historic Navy Pier, where they’ve donned costumes and have joined panels and show-related events in honor of “The Golden Girls.”
Convention attendees have participated in a number of themed activities, including live parody shows, autograph sessions with stars and producers, trivia competitions, a disco party and a costume contest.
The three-day day convention, originally announced in December 2021, comes three months and three weeks after the death of actress Betty White — one of the four leading ladies on the beloved sitcom.
From left to right, Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty starred in “The Golden Girls” for seven seasons. (ABC Photo Archives/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images)
White’s death follows the passing of her co-stars Estelle Getty (2008), Bea Arthur (2009) and Rue McClanahan (2010).
Attendees have reportedly left notes about the late “Golden Girls” at a convention booth, according to the Associated Press.
“The Golden Girls” TV show debuted in 1985 and went on to have seven seasons.
It focused on the fictional lives of Getty (Sophia Petrillo), Arthur (Dorothy Zbornak), McClanahan (Blanche Devereaux) and White (Rose Nylund) as they navigated their golden years in a shared home in Miami.
The show gave life to three spin-offs, including “The Golden Palace,” “Empty Nest” and “Nurses.”
Fans of the show have been expressing their love for the show with live events.
One of those includes a “Golden Fans at Sea” cruise that’ll be hosted on a ship from Celebrity Cruises.
The convention in Chicago is said to be the “first ever” of its kind, according to Hudson.
Drag queen performers dressed as characters from “The Golden Girls” at the Golden-Con: Thank You For Being A Fan convention for in Chicago. (AP Photo/Terry Tang)
“This is a convention for fans of the greatest TV sitcom,” Hudson told Fox News Digital.
“And fans of ‘The Golden Girls’ are the best fans in the world.”
“We came together by the thousands — and with about 25 drag queens — this weekend to celebrate friendship, cheesecake and laughter,” he continued. “We couldn’t be happier with the reception.”