February 14, 15, and 16th was Time Traveler Weekend at the Florida Renaissance Festival 2015 with Steampunk Saturday, Doctors’ Sunday, and Cosplay Monday. This year in a new joint venture the Florida Supercon organization provided the judging panel, presenters and prizes for the weekend’s predominantly cosplay themed contest events. Though the days were individually themed no one who wanted to enter the contest was turned away or eliminated for not dressing to a specific theme and all costumes and contestants were considered based on skill level, craftsmanship and a short stage performance.
According to the Florida Supercon staff, each of the three days had between three to five experienced cosplay judges. On Cosplay Monday the judges were Frozen Rose, Morphine Love, Jessica Selivi and Jj Minshull with Miss Julia Rose, cosplaying in homage to the lovely Merida from Brave – as the presenter/host.
The contest for Cosplay Monday was timely and well organized and kept the audience entertained even while the judges deliberated on who won in each category and overall. The award categories included, individual judge’s awards, juniors, group, novice and master, as well as, best-in-show. Further, all who entered received a gift for participating.
Overall, this new format was an excellent addition to an already well organized and expertly run festival. According to Brad Bond, the Supercon Director of Business Development, the two organizations are looking forward to supporting one another in ongoing joint ventures with Florida Supercon attending the Renaissance Festival and the Renaissance Festival attending Florida Supercon.
Both productions share a similar fan base and it’s great to see the two organizations getting together to please the fans and the costume loving community they share.
This coming Weekend at the Florida Renaissance Festival
CROWD FAVORITE! Wenches Weekend – “Bodacious Bodices” – February 21 and 22.
NEW! Voyage to the Orient– February 28 and March 1 – This weekend brings us to the Far East! While Europe was experiencing the advent of the Renaissance, rich cultural traditions had been prominent for centuries on the other side of the world.
NEW! Dragons & Wizards and Thrones, Oh My! – March 7 and 8 – One does not simply walk into Mordor, but you can walk directly out of the pages of your favorite books! From the Red Wedding to the Shire, the festival is encouraging us to fill the village with Hobbits, Wizards, Dragons, White Walkers, Fairies and Elves.
Kilts & Colleens – St Patrick’s Weekend – March 14 and 15 – Celebrate the luck and culture of the Irish, the Scottish and the Celtic traditions of the North Seas! Grab your kilt and get your Celt on! Show your Celtic pride!
For more information visit: www.ren-fest.com; Facebook: Florida Renaissance Festival; Twitter: FlaRenFest and Instagram/flarenfest. Download the festival mobile app by searching Florida Renaissance Festival in the Apple iTunes store or Androidmarket. If you prefer the medieval method: 1-800-3-REN-FES.