If you were obsessed with the "Gilmore Girls" like the rest of us back in the day, much of that obsession likely had as much to do with Stars Hollow as it did with the quickfire dialogue and Rory's relationship drama.
The oft-frequented Luke's Diner serving up large plates of crinkle fries. Sookie and Lorelai's Dragonfly Inn troubles. Rory running into Dean at Doose's Market. That gazebo. All the quirky characters (read: Kirk). Stars Hollow was like a YA novel come to life, with high-school romances, mom-daughter tiffs and bestie bondings all taking place in this little town, filled with seasonal splendour.
And now for a fun fact: did you know that the original pilot of the fictional Connecticut town where the Gilmores (and a wide array of colourful townsfolk) lived was shot in Canada? Historic Main Street Unionville, in the city of Markham, Ont. to be exact.
So, if you always wished you could experience this unique and magical town IRL, come Oct. 4-6, you can! The Gilmore Girls Fan Fest (we're also miffed we hadn't heard about this GG gang sooner) will be holding its first international fan festival on Main Street, Unionville, this fall.
It's official!! #GilmoreGirlsFanFestival will be taking place in #Unionville October 4 - 6, 2019!— Main St. Unionville (@UnionvilleInfo) January 31, 2019
Mark your calendars because TICKETS will be available at https://t.co/WcmwT7Puhz on February 11, 2019 at 12:00pm CST. #UnionvilleMainStreet #LifeIsBetterInUnionville pic.twitter.com/GKeKMtE8FN
"For anyone who has ever wanted to stand in the very spot Lorelai so confidently strode across the street to the tune of 'There She Goes,' we are pretty confident you'll love Unionville, Canada," the Gilmore Girls Fan Fest website noted.
Indeed, in the original pilot, Lorelai crosses Main Street to enter Luke's Diner for the very first time.
"Historic Main Street is a great setting for an event like this and we've already begun to hear from fans across the globe who are planning their first trip to Canada specifically for this event," said Shawna Ferguson, executive director of the Unionville Business Improvement Area, in a news release.
Watch: 'Gilmore Girls' cast, fans pay tribute to Lorelai, Rory and Stars Hollow at festival. Story continues below.
If the excitement already has you doing a little fast-talking banter with yourself, here's something else to get Sookie about: some of the cast members will also be there! The details on who will be in attendance and the weekend's festivities have yet to be announced.
If you just can't wait to learn about what will go down in "Stars Hollow" during the festival, a sample of the 2018 event in Connecticut is listed on the website. According to the fansite, the annual event has hosted more than 20 cast and crew members since 2016, who have met with fans, appeared on panels and who participate in the more than 50 festival activities.
Tickets for the three-day festival will cost $365 and sales begin Feb. 11 at www.gilmoregirlsfanfest.com. Entry includes access to all events, activities, meet-and-greets and panels — meals and lodging are not included.
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