Cosplay Contest


Contest Description: Calling all cosplayers! Now is your chance to put your skills to the test and show off your hard work in front of a crowd! Sign up for Rail City Fan Fest’s cosplay contest where you can compete against and learn from other local cosplayers! Sign ups will be at the door when you enter the convention – download the form below and have them ready when you arrive or emailed ahead of time. Make sure to read up on specific rules below to properly prepare yourself for glory!

General Contest Rules:

  • Costumes may be from any form of media.
  • Contestants must be at the competition area 30 minutes before the contest begins.
  • All contestants must have a valid day ticket.
  • Props/Weapons must be checked and cleared by Prop Safety
  • The contest organizer reserves the right to exclude any costume from the show that he/she deems inappropriate or for any reason the contest organizer determines to be sufficient. This decision is final and may not be appealed. Please remember that Rail City Fan Fest is family friendly. Flagrant nudity will not be permitted.
  • No live animals
  • All Contestants must register at the door upon entry.
  • The contest director and representatives of Rail City Fan Fest have full authority to eliminate anyone from the competition on the grounds of unsportsmanlike conduct witnessed backstage, violation of the rules, or any other reason deemed sufficient. There is no appeal. Arguing with the director or representative may result in further action taken, such as a lifetime ban on participating in any future Rail City Fan Fest Costume Contests.
  • Group Cosplays are allowed, however, groups can only contain up to 6 members.


Prop Safety Guidelines:

All prop guns must have either plastic or painted orange tips.

Offensive or overly revealing attire is prohibited. If you are asked to cover up, please comply immediately or risk ejection from the event.

No items can have sharp or metal points.

All props must be checked at the door upon entry.

No projectile weapons

No explosives or flash pots.

Metal weapons are strictly prohibited

Rail City Fan Fest reserves the right to refuse any weapon or costume/prop into the show at any time. All props that pass through safety checks will be zip tied or given a sticker to show that staff has deemed them safe.

Sign up form can be emailed to