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Like a real-life Hoth, Star Wars fans brave the snow

Scruffy-looking nerf herder couldn't stop fans

READING, Pa. - It may not have been a galaxy far, far away, but for those venturing out to see the newest edition of the Star Wars franchise Friday night, the trip was a tad treacherous.

"Actually, came in from the Wyomissing exit and I was stuck in traffic just trying to get here," Derek Campbell explained. "This is the worst one so far that I've experienced."

Campbell made it just in time to catch the movie with his niece.

"Absolutely, we were a little bit late for the movie, but we caught it right after the trailers, so it was perfect timing," he explained.

Did he think it was worth it?

"It was actually my favorite Star Wars I've ever seen," he shared.

His nine-year-old niece, Katourah Palmer, got dropped off by her dad. His driving? Due to the roads, nothing close to light speed.

“Umm, slow," she said.

Margaret Ouchis, her husband and crew, were on a mission that no dark side or slick road could stop.

"We were married in '77 and I remember vividly going to see Star Wars," she shared, as costumed Star Wars characters performed behind her. "I'm a little skittish about driving. I was the designated driver tonight."

Besides, her Star Wars-loving husband is from a much tougher part of the galaxy.

"Listen, I'm from coal country. Weather doesn't bother me," Bill Ouchis said.

Brian Christman has been a fan for decades and was worried when the snow started to fall, but he's got a new, more snow-suited ship to handle the trip.

"I could see the snow coming overnight, and I was just like, 'Hmm. I have a new Jeep, so it's better than my old car,'" Christman explained.

As you learn quickly with Star Wars fans, whether trudging through the snowy planet of Hoth or the slushy roads of Berks County, excitement can even overshadow rough weather.

"We'll be fine. We don't live that far away, and again, the force will be with us," Ouchis said.


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