Heroes & Villains Costume Contest promises to 'wow'

Super Heroes and Villains Costume Contest

The Heroes & Villains Costume Contest is set for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Metro Tent. Audience seating is free but is limited on a first-come basis.

The contest is open for anyone, ages 16 and over. A youth contest is being held on Friday for children.

There will be no separation of categories. All contestants will compete against each other.

There will be a minimum of three judges seated at the judges' table in front of the stage.

"We try to pick judges who are comic artists who have good insight into cos (costume) play and characters. Those judges have their own idea so what they pick as their best, sometimes the audience may not see that," Celebration Co-Chairperson Karla Ogle said. "Some entrants may not have the greatest costume, but they're the character -- they get on stage and they absolutely know all the details about that character and they do a great performance, but somebody else may beat them on costume; that's why we separated that out."

All contestants will be judged in three categories: costume, character and overall presentation. Each category will have 10 possible points for a total of 30 points.

A description of the categories include:

u Best Character -- Judges want to see contestant become the character on stage. Do they take on the personality of the character and are they familiar with details about the character?

u Best Costume -- Judges are looking for a well-fitting costume and one that is accurate for that character. Does it have all the correct elements and any additional props to complete the look?

u Overall Presentation -- This is the whole package.

Did the contestant have the "wow" factor and did they connect with the audience while on stage?

After the Top 10 contestants have been determined, the contestants will be called to the stage for a second chance to impress the judges. The previous score will be thrown out, and the judges will pick the first, second and third place winners based on the second presentation.

The first place overall winner shall receive $500; second place, $250; and third place, $100.

The finalists will be asked to pose for a group photo at the Superman Mural on the side of the Super Museum and at the Superman Statue.

A Parade of Characters will take place at 1 p.m. Contestants will walk down Market Street from the Smallville Tent, located at the corner of Eighth and Market streets, to the Superman Statue, where a group picture will be taken.

The Parade of Characters is not mandatory for contestants. If a costume prohibits walking several blocks, then the contestant may choose not to participate; however, they are encouraged to join the group at the statue for the group picture.

"Absolutely no real weapons are allowed, which include knives, swords or guns," added Ogle. "No foul language will be allowed while a person is in costume."

During presentation on the stage, no liquids, such as water or fake blood, may be used or thrown at the audience. No pyrotechnics, fireworks, smoke or glitter bombs may be used, and no jumping off the stage.

Only hand held props are allowed, no set pieces, and the costume must be "family friendly" and not be risqué.

The entry fee is $20.

Preregistration can be made online at supermancelebration.net or at the Metro-Chamber office Thursday through Saturday. On Sunday, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., new registration or pre-registered contestants must check-in at the Smallville Tent. Contestants will gather at 1:15 p.m. at the Smallville Tent before the Parade of Characters begins at 1:30 p.m.

A contestant number is required to compete in the contest.

For additional information, call the Metro-Chamber at 524-2714.

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