CoreCon’s Costume Contest is one of the highest attended events at the convention. The CoreCon 12 Costume Contest will be held on Saturday May 28th.

Register online so you guarantee not only an opportunity to have your workmanship judged but to also up your presence onstage with a song (no more than 30 seconds in length). There will be registration available at the convention, but you may not be able to have a song to accompany nor have your workmanship judged. Plus, we are limiting the Costume Contest to 40 entrants. Line-up is based on the saying, “Early bird gets the most free time.” The earlier you sign up the more free time you will have between dress rehearsal and final line-up.

Workmanship judging will be completed on Saturday morning by appointment only. There is limited availability to have workmanship judged. For judging, you should not be in costume but bring your costume and all your props. This allows the judges to really see how you put the costume and props together. Be prepared to answer questions about not only your costume but what problems you ran into and how you solved them.

We will have a FULL dress rehearsal walk through. Yes, you will need to show up in FULL costume. You will get to have more interaction with the judges in a relaxed environment, and most of the judging will be completed at this time. The judges may ask you questions specific to your costume or cosplay. Any skit, dance, acting, etc., you will want to do at this time for the judges to weigh into your score.

The dress rehearsal is also for our emcees and technical team to make sure they introduce you correctly and things are not forgotten. Please keep in mind, the staff are volunteers who have a lot of respect for the contestants. Please show them the same level of respect. After you have your time on stage, you are free to mingle or update your make-up before the big reveal.

The final line up will be promptly at 6:30 pm. If you are not lined up and in place by 6:40 pm, you will be disqualified from the Costume Contest and any prizes you may have been awarded. We need this critical time to go over any last minute information and do not have time to repeat anything.

Please take a moment to read through the guidelines and rules. In past years, we have continued to surprise the audience and judges with amazing costumes, amazing craftsmanship and wonderful acting. I am very proud that I have not been surprised once by any contestant. Want to propose marriage or make a huge announcement? Let me know. I have proven I can keep the secret safe!

Thank you ahead of time for making the event a great family friendly affair.

Awards? No, I haven’t forgotten. There may be awards given to the top Novice, Journeyman, Master, Cosplay, Best of Theme, Fan Favorite, Workmanship, and Best in Show. Don’t worry if you’re a young fan. Kids get their very own masquerade!

Please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns you may have. I look forward to another AMAZING year!

– Shayli Johnson, Contest Director

Important Dates and Times

Monday – Last day for online Costume Contest registration
Thursday- Limited availability to sign up at Con
Friday – Limited availability to sign up at Con
Saturday – Limited availability to sign up at Con if the limit has not been met
Saturday – 4:30pm- Line up and judging (must attend)
Saturday – 6:30pm- Final line up (must attend)

Walk Around Costume Contest Some costumers have so many amazing costumes that they cannot wear them all to one event or just do not want participate in the Costume Contest at all. The Walk Around Costume Contest still allows for great costumes to be recognized and rewarded. The winner will be selected by the fans.

Registration Form