2019 BookFestPA & Setsucon Costume Contest

1:00pm to 3:00pm

Cosplay returns to BookFestPA!

It’s back! 

We’re excited to partner with Setsucon to bring you the return of the Bookfest Costume Contest! Grab your friends and come in costumes inspired by your favorite stories. For everyone’s comfort and safety, please keep in mind the following policies: 

-Common sense: Please keep all costumes family friendly, wear shoes, etc. 

-Mobility: It’s a fairly big tent, but space has to be shared by lots of people-- having a 10 ft wingspan won’t fly. Please keep in mind how much space your cosplay takes up, and how easily it is to move around while wearing it, and adjust accordingly. Please also make sure that all face masks are removable.  

-Weather/Seasonally appropriate: We don’t want anyone to get heat stroke! We will be outside in 80℉+ weather, with only the tent for shade. Jon Snow didn’t wear his furs south of Winterfell, perhaps neither should you. 

-Weapons and Prop policy: All props and weapons must be checked and approved at our check in desk. Absolutely NO real, projectile or realistic weapons will be permitted. Arts Fest also asks that you do not carry any weapon props around the rest of the festival. Acceptable props can be made of wood, plastic, foam, or similar material. Props cannot be over 7ft tall, more than 5ft wide, or weigh over 50 lbs. No live steel, metal, guns, chemicals or explosives will be permitted. Props must not have any sharp edges or chains longer than 18 in.


  1. Register from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm at the Setsucon Costume Contest Check-In table in the BookfestPA Tent (located in the Schlow parking lot) to receive your number. Any acceptable prop weapons will be checked.

  2. Enjoy Bookfest! Please remain in the tent, so we can see your costume!

  3. Our judges will announce the winners at 3 pm for the following categories: 

-Best Overall/Handmade

- Most Accurate

- Best Duo

- Best Kids

- Best Anime/Comic

- Best TV/Movie/Book

4. Winners of each category will receive a free badge to attend Setsucon 2020 on January 25th & 26th, 2020 at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona, PA!

This event, part of BookFestPA 2019, is sponsored by Schlow Centre Region Library and Setsucon. 

No registration necessary
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