OGDEN -- With the opening weekend of "Star Trek: Into Darkness" in movie theaters across the nation, the USS Ticonderoga, a Utah-based Star Trek fan club for residents in the Ogden and Layton areas, came out in full force.
The group congregated Friday night at The Junction Megaplex movie theater to celebrate the movie's opening.
While decked out in handmade Star Trek uniforms, group members showed off much of their prized Star Trek memorabilia, including a small sports car-sized 3-D Styrofoam ship of the USS Ticonderoga, the name of the ship used in the Star Trek: Voyager television series, which ran in the '90s.
The club was formed in 1996.
"One of the biggest reasons why I am a part of this club is because it gives us an excuse to get together and do something fun," said Carl Stark, one of the founding members.
One of the big messages in Star Trek culture is to boldly go where one hasn't gone before, something Stark says the members live by when they do things as a club, such as service projects, paintball or attending conventions.
"Being a part of this club allows you to do more than you probably would be able to do on your own," said Stark, who admits he probably wouldn't have gone out to a Star Trek convention had it not been for the club.
The club has about 30 members of all ages, backgrounds and religions.
Starks' 14-year-old son, Steven, says his parents converted him to Star Trek.
"I started to enjoy Star Trek when I was 12 years old, probably because I started understanding the movies and shows then," said Steven Starks, who remembers watching "Star Trek: Enterprise" when he was young. "My favorite part is to see what might happen to the world in the future."
Many theater-goers checked out their display of intricately designed uniforms Friday night.
Frank Buck, of Layton, has six uniforms and was decked out in his Chief of Security uniform for the night. The uniform has 13 zippers and eight pockets, he said.
Buck spent a year researching the uniform design, and then helping his wife, at the time, find the specialized material it required and sew it up.
For Buck, being a part of the club is a way to get away from work.
"I work 70 hours a week at a railroad switching yard, so this is my distraction to get my mind off of work," Buck said.
Even though the club has been around 16 years, members say they are surprised how many people didn't even realize it exists. The group meets monthly, and anyone can join.
For more information, visit www.ussticonderoga.org.