Fans pour into Convention Center for GalaxyCon

RALEIGH, N.C. — GalaxyCon, a four-day comic book and anime convention, is happening now in Raleigh.

What You Need To Know

  • GalaxyCon is in Raleigh for four days
  • Margaret Kerry, the original Tinker Bell, talks about signing autographs and meetings fans in the middle of two health outbreaks
  • GalaxyCon continues through Sunday at the Raleigh Convention Center

Thousands of fans have already poured into the Raleigh convention center for one of the state’s most popular events of the summer.

“I am the original reference live action model,” Margaret Kerry, the original Tinker Bell, said.

Margaret Kerry, 93, got the job 70 years ago

“I started in show business when I was 4, and the agent called and said they are looking for an actress to play a part who can do pantomime and who is a dancer. I went to Disney and got the job,” Kerry said.

Many decades later, Kerry has plenty of fans lining up to see her at this year’s GalaxyCon.

That, of course, includes taking pictures with fans in the middle of two health outbreaks, COVID-19 and monkeypox.

“People fought for me to get the jab, as they say, with my husband because of my age. I’m not worried about it at all, I try to keep a distance but still the hugs come,” Kerry said.

Kerry will spend a majority of the day and weekend signing autographs, taking pictures and meeting with fans.

She’s not too worried about what’s in the air.

“On the whole, no. I have wipes, I don’t want to give them anything,” Kerry said.

She attends these types of events nearly a dozen times a year, both for her fans and for Tinker Bell.

“There’s a reaching out and of course I’m thrilled because they like me, but they love Tinker Bell so she’s the one I’m worried about,” Kerry said.

Kerry has also appeared in a couple of episodes of The Andy Griffith Show.

If you want to meet Kerry you still can — GalaxyCon continues through Sunday. Tickets are limited.