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Smallville organizers Ben Eisiminger, Christopher Wietrick and Casey McNeely pose with Australian Superman fans Rob Palmer and Joss Hayward. Palmer and Hayward made their way to Hutchinson when they heard of Third Thursday's Smallville festival.

(Photo courtesy Christopher Wietrick/Hutchinson) Smallville organizers Ben Eisiminger, Christopher Wietrick and Casey McNeely pose with Australian Superman fans Rob Palmer and Joss Hayward. Palmer and Hayward made their way to Hutchinson when they heard of Third Thursday’s Smallville festival.

The May Third Thursday was everything Smallville.
Superman fans got in the action, wearing logos and capes. Superman was even perched on the roof of the “W” building.
But two men roaming the streets wearing Superman logos on their shirts should have won an award for traveling the furthest distance to celebrate Smallville.
Rob Palmer and Joss Hayward, from Australia, wanted to make an appearance during their four-month journey of traveling the United States.
“I think it’s a fantastic idea and something that Hutchinson should definitely get behind due to the tourism that it would bring in,” Palmer said. “Hutchinson is a beautiful town and it has so much potential.”
Plans were rearranged when Smallville organizers Christopher Wietrick, Ben Eisiminger and Casey McNeely told them it was on Third Thursday. They had planned to make a trip the week after.
“The only reason we wanted to go to Hutch was because of the Smallville similarities,” Palmer said. “We purposely changed our plans of our tour around America to visit Hutch on Third Thursday to get the real experience of the town.”
Palmer and Hayward put on their shirts with an “S” logo and made their way to Hutchinson.
“They were super nice and super excited to be here,” Wietrick said. “Once we heard they were coming, we got very excited. This is what we’re trying to accomplish for the town.”
The Facebook page dedicated to the idea that Hutchinson is Smallville, the home of Clark Kent (aka Superman), has gained more than 2,500 followers. Some – like Palmer and Hayward – are from outside of the United States.
Third Thursday’s “Summer in Smallville” is only the beginning. Wietrick said he has plans for more activities celebrating the similarities of Smallville.
Palmer said he knows several from down under who would be willing to make the trip.
“I know for a fact there are plenty of people from Australia who are amazed by the idea and can’t wait to visit Smallville as well,” he said.

Kristen Roderick/Social Media Editor
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