Ah, Shrek. The beloved animated 2001 film – and its titular bright green ogre, voiced by Mike Myers – has inspired sequels, scores of products and merchandise, video games, and even a Broadway musical. And now, the movie has inspired a festival for Shrek superfans.
Wait. What? A festival, like Comic-Con or SXSW? Yes, that's precisely what it's like inside the Shrek fan festival – or what it aims to be, at any rate. With each passing year, the event has grown in both attendees and budget, and it's even started making a modest profit for organizers. But you may be wondering what, exactly, goes on at a festival like this. Shrek can only really be taken so far, right? Wrong. Shrek superfans have found surprising, hilarious, and completely wild ways to take their appreciation of the stout green ogre to the next level. And, for better or for worse, the rest of us are along for the ride.
Find out all about the Shrek festival, and check out all the hilarious pictures, below. Sure, it may be a little insane, but it looks like a ton of fun.
It All Began As A Hoax
The First Year, Everything Was FreePhoto: Metaweb / GNU Free Documentation License
Admission Is Still Free
These People Are Serious About ShrekPhoto: flickr / CC0
Attendees Dress Up As Their Favorite Shrek Characters
There's An Onion-Eating Contest