Proclamation temporarily changing Hutchinson to 'Smallville'

Ralph Reyes III

HUTCHINSON, Kan. The Hutchinson City Council Tuesday made a proclamation to change the name of the city to "Smallville" on June 22 and 23 for the comic convention that weekend at the Kansas State Fairgrounds.

With the Caped Crusader (Batman) and the Man of Steel himself present, Tuesday's proclamation was the sixth straight year for the super heroic proclamation in Hutchinson.

The organizers of Smallville Con say, "the initial inspiration" for the temporary name change came three from comic book fans who recognized similarities between Smallville -- the fictitious home of Superman alter ego Clark Kent -- and Hutchinson.

"The three began a grassroots campaign to have Hutchinson recognized as the official Smallville, Kansas" Smallville Con organizers say on the event's website.

The effort gained traction and for the first time through mayoral decree, Hutchinson became "Smallville' for a single day on June 21, 2013. This followed the start of the annual Smallville Con in Hutchinson and the town's renaming to "Smallville" that coincides with it for a couple days every June.

*****PHOTOS COURTESY OF RALPH REYES III*****