Star Wars Day has arrived, and those who love the franchise are celebrating worldwide.
Chris Kitchen, one of Portage la Prairie's biggest Star Wars fanatics, is honouring the day in style, wearing his Jedi outfit with his lightsaber in hand.
Kitchen explains that his love for the franchise goes back to taking in the original movie for the first time as a child.
"I mean, in 1977, I was seven years old, going to see a movie with my mom and dad and my grandma and grandpa for the first time. That sticks with you."
Since the late 1970s, Kitchen's admiration for the series has only grown tenfold.
"I like collecting pieces that I like, and my wife absolutely despises the fact that I have an entire office filled with Star Wars items."
The Portager has heard numerous critiques of Star Wars over the years, but he isn't one to give in to those hating.
"I enjoy the movies for the movies, and I'm not one of those guys that want to sit there and rip everything apart. That's not for me. I enjoy what the guys have put into it."
Kitchen says that as a substitute teacher in the school system, he plans to recognize Star Wars Day by doing something for the kids. The Jedi in training admits there is a whole room in his home that is dedicated to the movies, something his wife is "willing" to allow although it's not her favourite space in the house.
Massive events will be taking place worldwide to mark the day, including Princess Leia, aka Carrie Fisher, getting her spot on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which Kitchen believes is well deserved.
Kitchen visited the Country 93 Morning Show with Ryan Simpson to talk about his collection and his love for Star Wars.