We will be hosting *TWO* costume contests at Retro Con 2016!
SATURDAY at 1:00pm- Junior & Adult Costumers 14 and over!
SUNDAY at 12:00pm- Kid Costumers 13 and under!
Hosted once again by our good friend Eric “The Smoke” Moran, both contests will be held in the panel area at the show. Individuals and small groups are eligible to participate. Preregistering for the contest is not necessary, just be around the panel area prior to the announced time if you would like to be included. There is no sign-up fee.
We do a combination of staff judging and crowd reaction to determine our three winners. While craftsmanship will be definitely be taken into account, we will mostly judge costumes on their theme and overall effect. While some costumers are well-versed in advanced sewing and molding techniques, others show their ingenuity through creative glueing, hand sewing, and working with found items. We recognize costuming/cosplay as a hobby for people of all skill sets and budgets!
Please no skits or anything else that might delay the contest. Doing a pose and/or saying something briefly in character is okay. Also please no heckling from the audience or from contestants. Anyone found disorderly will be asked to leave. We believe in a fun and ego-free atmosphere!
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Costumers will have a chance at winning three cash prizes:
Junior & Adult Costumers 14 and over
FIRST place: $100.00
SECOND place: $75.00
THIRD place: $50.00
Kid Costumers 13 and under
FIRST place: $75
SECOND place: $50
THIRD place: $25
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The Skelly Awards!
In addition to the cash prizes, winners of the costume contest will receive these specially painted Skelly awards: 1st place gold, 2nd place silver, and 3rd place bronze! The mini Skellies will go to the winners of the Kids costume contest.
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And as a special added treat, the voice of Skeletor himself, Mr. Alan Oppenheimer, has kindly agreed to give away the Skelly awards at the end of the costume contest on Saturday!!
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Some of the fantastic costumes from previous Retro Cons!
Mark your calendars! RETRO CON will be back in 2016 for our *5th ANNUAL* show!!
The Dates: September 24th & 25th, 2016 at The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA!
We will be in Hall C once again, giving us 54,000 square feet to fill with collectible toys, games, art, tv/movie cars, guests, panels, contests, and a whole lot more!!
Preregistration will go up at the start of the year, with a tentative price for weekend tickets being $23. At the door price is tentatively set at $18 on Saturday, and $15 on Sunday.
Vendor spots are already available! Click on the tab marked Vendors at the top of the page for details on how you can reserve a spot at the show.
We’d like to thank everyone that’s come to the show over the past few years. It is your continued support that keeps us going. We had a modest increase in attendance between 2014 and 2015, but we’d love to see the show grow even more in 2016! So if you’ve enjoyed the show in the past- the wide variety of vendors, the free contests, our fantastic guests, the unique displays, the affordable admission price and free parking, the awesome and spirited costumes attendees have had, the unique atmosphere in the air- then we encourage you to tell a friend about it!
We realize we’re a bit of a “tough sell” in this age of comic cons, anime, and video game shows. But if you think about it, nearly everything popular in the geek realm today is firmly ingrained in the past. We adamantly believe the roots of pop culture should always be respected and celebrated!
More show announcements will be coming in the near future, so keep watching!!
A look back at some of phenomenal sights around 2015! A big thanks to everyone that dressed up and helped add to the show this year!! Click the post title to see all the pictures!
Photos by Grenex Media, Christopher Wetherell’s Photography, Jason S Colflesh Photography, Knightmare6, Christopher Beaumont, Jennifer Pote, Bob Trate, Erica Schmidt, Mike Breaux, TJ Becker, Jack Doud, Matthew Kelly, Symbiote Collectibles, and Tom Kingsmill. Thanks!