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"South Park" Invades San Diego

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Singing to "South Park"

Robert Sayler

The "South Park" franchise invaded downtown San Diego Thursday during Comic-Con as part of Comedy Central's "Year of the Fan." The Ultimate Fan Experience is located at 450 2nd St. (at First Avenue and J Street) and ends at 7 p.m. Saturday after a 4 p.m. costume contest.

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Come on down to South Park; have a good time.

Come on down to South Park; leave your troubles behind.

On Thursday, the popular "South Park" Comedy Central franchise invaded downtown San Diego, just blocks away from Comic-Con at the San Diego Convention Center, to offer three days of free events open to the public.

The 15,000-square foot Ultimate "South Park" Fan Experience at 450 2nd St. simulates the fictitious Colorado town amd features various characters, buildings and even a school cafeteria while hosting such activities as a fan karaoke stage to the series' creative songs.

The experience also involves costume and trivia contests, movie screenings, memorabilia, a Big Wheel Grand Prix race track, a confessional booth, and a ticket giveaway to the Tony Award-winning Broadway play, "The Book of Mormon."

It runs Thursday from 1 p.m.-7 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday between 10 a.m.-7 p.m. with a free "South Park" school bus shuttling people to and from the Convention Center.

At 8 p.m. Friday, the mock "South Park" town will host a never-aired pilot screening to the series, which enters its 15th season. The Academy Award-nominated film, "South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut," will then be shown, followed by a Q&A session with production staff members.

On Saturday, fans can dress up as their favorite "South Park" characters in a 4 p.m. costume contest. Registration starts at 2:30 p.m. and ends at 3 p.m.

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