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Why Lots of Kids Will Be in Costumes You Don’t Recognize

One of the new events at The Fair this year is FairCon.  Only because I have a 17-year-old friend who loves all things “con” do I have a teeny tiny clue what this is.

Con comes from “convention.”  There are all sorts of popular conventions around the country and world that celebrate video games, movies, and comic books…especially comic books from Japan which are called manga.  To be precise, manga is far more sophisticated than your basic comic book, but to the outsider that’s honestly what it looks like.

Part of most any “con” — including our own FairCon — is an event called CosPlay.  That basically means Costume (Role)Play.  The basic idea is for people to come dressed up in costumes of their favorite video game/movie/comic book/manga characters.  And while in costume, people often act out favorite scenes or improvise new ones in which they respond and react the way they think their character would.  Yes, it’s a whole world unto itself, as far as I can surmise sitting way out on the sidelines.

Curious, I read the rules posted by the Clark County Fair for the CosPlay event.  They are fascinating.  It is obvious that the organizers of the event know what they are doing.  They use all sorts of lingo and refer to things I had to look up online, like peace-tie and peace-bond and LARPing.  There are also pretty specific expectations for behavior and modesty, suggesting that sometimes cosplay can get a little…adult?

The CosPlay event happens both weekends of The Fair (August 3-4 and August 11-12).  So if you attend The Fair any of those days, prepare to see costumes!

And by the way… ONE MORE DAY!!!

Photo by Sigismund von Dobschütz, Leipzig Book Fair

Photo by Sigismund von Dobschütz, Leipzig Book Fair

Toni Woodard

Toni Woodard

I am a Clark County Fair Fanatic and eat all things fried during the glorious 10 days of The Fair. I have lived in Clark County since 2004 and consider it the second-best decision of my life. I am married to a great guy named Rob (first-best decision) who graciously carries my stuff and takes my picture every time I eat something at The Fair. We have two indoor cats and lots of deer, rabbits, and coyotes who are kind enough to stay outside.