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Masquerade Information

The Masquerade competition at SoonerCon 24 will be held Saturday, June 27th. Prizes will be awarded in multiple categories, and for "Best of Show".

Contest Overview

The Masquerade is two part:
Exhibition - This section is non-competitive. The Exhibition is an opportunity for people to take to the stage without the pressure of competition. Hall Costumes are encouraged to participate! There will be limited performance.
Contest - This section is competitive. Participants will be judged by a panel of judges. This is a costume contest not a performance contest. Participants will be judged on costume design, construction and craftsmanship, as well as overall appearance.

All participants must adhere to Masquerade rules. See full competition Rules below.

Grand Prize!

Thanks to a generous sponsorship from Bernina of Oklahoma City, SoonerCon is proud to announce that the grand prize for the SoonerCon 23 "Best of Show" will be a Bernina 215! Additionally, winners in the various competition categories will receive awards.

Category and rule information follows.

Masquerade Competition Categories

Under Construction
Keeping with this year's theme, SoonerCon 24: The Future is Under Construction, this category includes costumes that are visions of the future.

Constructed in the Past: (Historical/Steam Punk)
This category is for contestants who like hoops, corsets and dressing up in clothes from other "past" times, including "pure" historical costumes as well as steampunk.

This category will be the place for media, comic book, anime, literary (et al.) costumes.

If you are into Zombies, Furries, Fairies and other creatures of imagination, mythology, and lore then this is the place for you.

What the .......
The name says it all. Costumes that have no defined place have a place here. This category is awarded by the Costume Chair as personal favorite.

Show and Tell
For those who are best at finding their costume. Have you spent hours scouring the internet for that perfect piece for your costume? This is the place for you. This category is competitive for presentation, quality, and cohesion, but is not eligible for the grand prize.

Children age 12 and under are encouraged to become excited about costuming and active in the convention community. This category is a wonderful opportunity for them to develop a stage presence while showing off their favorite costume.

There will be first place awarded in each category with an award for "Best of Show"

Hall Costumes

In the parlance of science fiction conventions, there are two kinds of costumes – those worn for competition and those worn around the convention for the fun of it. The latter are called collectively, "Hall Costumes".

Please keep common sense operating when wearing your Hall Costume. Hall
Costumes must conform to Convention policies. An escort is recommended if the costume impedes vision and mobility. If carrying a weapon, please be sure to read all weapons policies.

Hall Costumes are invited to show off during the Exhibition part of the Masquerade. We ask people who plan to attend to sign up during the pre-show meeting.

Have fun!

Masquerade Rules

Chair note:

I am so pleased that the SoonerCon Masquerade is getting larger and attracting a higher caliber of costumes. We now require that the person who completed the bulk of the build/design be named (and preferably present). We will ascertain whether the builder/designer is a professional or amateur for the purpose of category entry.

Contestants who have assembled their costume from commercially produced or otherwise primarily found assemblies are encouraged to enter the “Show and Tell” category of the competition.

Previous grand prize winners are ineligible to enter for another grand prize, but are encouraged to exhibit and/or judge.

The SoonerCon Masquerade rules are modeled from standards found at other conventions. The purpose of these rules is so everybody can have a safe and enjoyable Masquerade experience:

1). All participants must be paid Members of SoonerCon.

2). Costume Contest participants must attend the Costume Contest Rules/Signup pre-show meeting (unless excused by the Costume Chair). At the Signup, participants will complete an informational form providing Judges details about your costume entry. Any audio/visual needs for the Masquerade must also be addressed at this time. This Signup meeting is the time to work out any problems, questions and concerns prior to the Masquerade.

3). Onstage time will be determined by capacity and number of participants.

4). Costumes must be finished before you get to the Staging Area. No sewing, gluing, soldering, or other construction work will be accepted, with exception for final assembly of large costumes and props or unexpected repairs.

5). Children under 12 must be attended by an adult at all times. This is strictly enforced.

6). Costumes with electric power requirements need to be self-contained, as there will be no access to power outlets.

7). Nudity: No costume is no costume. Nude entries will not be accepted. Please remember that children, mundanes, and members of the media may be present.

8). Do not leave anything on stage that a Stage Minion cannot quickly pick up. If you plan to leave anything on stage, even if it is only a handful of glitter, please let us know so we can clear the stage before the next costume enters. If using large props, you need to bring your own people to aid in getting them on and off stage. We will need this information at the pre-show Signup meeting.

9). No fire or explosives.

10). Loud noises, untidy messes, dangerous weapons and devices must have full, proper and prior clearance from the Costume Chair prior to contest entry.

11). All weapons must be inspected by a member of the costume staff. All local laws, codes, and regulations will be enforced. If the weapon is to be part of the contestant’s stage presentation, it must be previously cleared by the Costume Chair. At no time will any weapon be used to threaten another, even in jest. Participants found in violation of this policy will be immediately removed from the contest.

Bjo's Trimble's Corollary: You may surprise the audience, but do not surprise the committee, ever.
Bjo's Second Corollary: Don't ever underestimate the power of a Fire Marshal.

12). Reference image material for entries is encouraged, but not required. Judges are not always able to look up reference images on their own, so it is best to show up prepared for the contest.

13). SoonerCon has the authority to eliminate anyone from the competition on the grounds of obscenity, harassing behavior, danger, Masquerade rules violations, and Convention policy violation.

14). Signature Requirement: Each entrant in the contest will be required to give their signature on their entry form to verify that they have read the rules and will adhere to them.

Relax and remember this is supposed to be FUN. Treat others with respect and courtesy. Remember to laugh.

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