Cosplay Info

* You must be a registered attendee in order to compete (Registration Coming Soon).
* You must complete a Cosplay Contest Registration Form before (time) the day of the contest if you intend to participate in the Costume Contest.
* You will be given your entry number the day of the contest. Contestants will be seen by the judges in order of entry.
* All costumes must cover "swimsuit areas" – no nudity. Body-paint costumes are not eligible for craftsmanship.
* The contest is open to characters from published works; movies, TV shows, comic books, cartoons, video games, and card games.
* Please follow the "PG‐13 rule" when it comes to language and hand gestures on stage. Violation of this rule may cause you to be disqualified from the competition.
* Each contestant may only enter one costume into the contest.
* Hate symbols, even historical hate symbols, will not be tolerated on costumes, from gestures or anything of the sort.

Cosplay
The use of makeup/bodypaint/bodysocks to darken your skin to the appearance of another human race will not be permitted. This is grounds for immediate disqualification.

Cosplays will be evaluated on the following criteria:

* Craftsmanship – How the entrant made their costume, use of materials and creativity.

* Likeness/Detail – How close the contestant resembles the character they are cosplaying/detail on the costume.

* Presentation – How the entrant presents their costume to the judges in pre-judging and how the entrant showcases their costume during the contest.

Costumes and props must be at least 50% made OR 50% altered by the entrant. If a costume is bought it must be disclosed at time of judging. (eg: props that 3-D printed by someone else but painted by you are allowed etc., bought costumes are allowed as long as they are altered in way that shows your skill and craftsmanship)

Show Area Rules
* Please do not linger in the show area, in character or not. Everyone deserves a chance to have their costume seen, so please be mindful of contestants waiting their turn behind.

* No acrobatics/flips/cartwheels will be allowed.

* No part of your costume should be removed, destroyed or otherwise startle or interact with the audience.

* Contestants are not allowed to throw anything into the audience, nor use projectiles or use anything in the show area that will leave a mess. This includes (but is not limited to) liquids, glitter, and confetti.

* No pyrotechnics, fire, explosive devices, live animals, or similar special effects can be used during the competition. All prop weapons must conform to the prop policies, including being checked.

Prop Policy
All costume weapons and props must conform to federal, state, and local law. A weapon is considered anything that could accidentally or purposefully cause injury to another attendee. We ask that you use common sense when bringing any prop weapon to the event. Avoid bringing hard prop weapons to the event. It is encouraged to use light materials such as foam, composite, light woods, and cardboard be used for prop weapons. All prop weapons must be inspected.

Functional firearms are not permitted in the event or on event grounds. Not allowed:
actual firearms
BB guns
airsoft guns
pellet guns
paintball guns
cap guns

All prop, toy, or fake firearms must be clearly marked with a brightly colored safety cap on the barrel.

Functional projectile weapons are not permitted including;
slingshots or other sling devices
crossbows
long and short bows
rubber band guns, etc.

Prop Policy
All costume weapons and props must conform to federal, state, and local law. A weapon is considered anything that could accidentally or purposefully cause injury to another attendee. We ask that you use common sense when bringing any prop weapon to the event. Avoid bringing hard prop weapons to the event. It is encouraged to use light materials such as foam, composite, light woods, and cardboard be used for prop weapons. All prop weapons must be inspected.

Functional firearms are not permitted in the event or on event grounds. Not allowed:
actual firearms
BB guns
airsoft guns
pellet guns
paintball guns
cap guns

Bows and the like are permitted so long as the string is removed or loosened to the point that it cannot fire a projectile. Arrows or projectiles are allowed so long as they do not have a sharp tip and/or any sharp tip is removed.

Metal blade weapons that are sharpened are not permitted; swords daggers knives throwing stars axes

Blunt weapons are not permitted including; hockey sticks baseball bats nunchaku clubs brass knuckles slug devices, etc.

Chemical weapons and explosives including fireworks are not permitted. Incendiary weapons, i.e., which spark, shoot flame(s), burn, smolder, or can otherwise cause combustion or which exist for no purpose other than to be lit with a combustion device.

Self-defense weapons, i.e., pepper spray, mace, stun-guns, and tasers are prohibited.

Any prop that does not adhere to the guidelines above will be asked to be stored off property, admittance will not be allowed otherwise.