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DemiCon 19: May 2-4,2008

New! Special spiffs for Masquerade Pre-Registration!

Yes, it's true. We are encouraging pre-registration for the masquerade by April 12, 2008. You can do that with the following forms. This printable form can be printed and mailed to the address on the form. This RTF form can be electronically entered and e-mailed to the address on the form. If you donít have a printer or e-mail let us know and we will send you the form and the rules via US mail.

When you arrive at DemiCon, you will get your choice of the spiffs set aside for the pre-registered masquerade participants. Itís a box of stuff that keeps growing and includes books, toys, and decorative items. YOU get to choose your item. So if you have pre-registered, the sooner you check in with the masquerade department head, the more choices you will have.

DemiCon Costume Contests

  • The Formal Masquerade is scheduled to take place on Saturday. May 3, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Contestants are required to attend the Masquerade meeting at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday and should bring a completed entry form and any music they plan to use. The preferred format for music is compact disc.
  • Contestants are required to take a rehearsal walk across the DemiCon stage. For the convenience of all, rehearsal walks will be scheduled by sign up. All props, music and footwear are to be brought to the rehearsal walk.
  • All contestants will be required to arrive in the green room prior to the beginning of the Masquerade. Adult contestants must arrive in the green room no later than 6:00 p.m. Contestants age 13 and under should arrive in the Green Room by 6:30 p.m. unless otherwise instructed.
  • There are two categories for competition and one for display.
    • Apprentice - costume designed and executed primarily by someone under 13 years of age on the event date of May 3, 2008
    • Artisan - costume designed and executed by someone 13 years of age or above on the event date of May 3, 2008.
    • Exhibition - costume worn for display / non-competitive purposes.
  • The Masquerade Coordinator will be available at posted times during the convention to answer questions and assist with forms.
  • Any and all prizes, ribbons and awards are at the sole discretion of the Judges.


DemiCon 14-18 Masquerade and Hall Costume photos are available for purchase at the following website:

The DemiCon Photographer will be on hand Friday night to take portrait shots of all Hall Costumes. This year also, there will be a special room for this. Photos will be shown at the Masquerade Half-time and Judges' Favorites will be announced at that time. Formal Masquerade contestants will be photographed in the Green Room on Saturday night. The photos will then be available a few weeks after the convention via an online gallery. More info will be available at DemiCon 19.


Yes, We like this new format for the DemiCon Hall Costume Contest! Our Judges and Photographer will be located in the same room! Your entry can be judged *and* photographed at the same time, leaving YOU more time to have fun! Times and location will be posted a few weeks prior to the convention. Remember, costumes worn in the halls on Friday are NOT eligible to compete in the Formal Masquerade on Saturday.


This is a structured costume contest. There are entry forms to fill out as well as a meeting and rehearsal walk to attend. There are rules and guidelines. Contestants get to strut their stuff on our generous stage in front of a live audience. Contestants can include theatrical sound and lighting to enhance their presentations.

Please check out this year's Masquerade rules. A printable version of the rules is available here.

For any questions, clarifications or considerations not addressed by the rules, FAQs or general information please email: prior to April 15, 2008. And why wait? Start asking your questions now! This year we would also like to get your entry information earlier. This printable form can be printed and mailed to the address on the form. This RTF form can be electronically entered and e-mailed to the address on the form.

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