Penticton’s premier convention of all things pop culture returns October 22-23.
Penti-Con is set to return for its fourth year at the Penticton Trade and Convention Center, after a brief hiatus during the pandemic, and it’s looking to be bigger and better than ever.
“Saturday we have our costume events and we already have more attendees than ever before,” said Penti-Con President Lily Knelsen. “I think people have spent the last two years creating things and they want to show them.”
Saturday’s costume events include the return of the cosplay contest as well as a costume masquerade.
In addition to the many talented local cosplayers and fans, this year there will be several special guests, including international award-winning cosplayer AK Wirru, American cosplayer Chibi Raincloud, and a foam craft specialist from northern British Columbia.
The Foam Crafter is also bringing a Mario-themed photo nook for convention attendees to use. For even more Nintendo-themed fun, an interactive experience will run throughout the weekend.
One of the talent show coordinators for the convention arranged for the “Gym Leaders” to walk around the convention with their Nintendo Switches ready to take on the people who challenged them to a tournament.
This year, with the Penti-Con schedule, the annual Zombie Walk will be held at the same time on Sunday, October 23 outside the Penticton Trade and Convention Center from 11 a.m. to noon.
The Brain Injury Society will be providing goody bags and there will be plenty of zombie games for people of all ages.
“It’s one of the things that people are really excited about because it’s one of the interactive things you can do, and because we’re so close to Halloween, we also involve a lot of candy in everything. what we’re doing, so there’s going to be tricks or – dealing too,” Knelsen said.
Among other interactive activities inside will be a Dungeons and Dragons area, including a place where newcomers can try out some dungeon crawling or just learn about the game. Space is limited.
There are three separate panel rooms that operate throughout the weekend, with special guests hosting their own panels. There will be a video game quiz, a horror writing workshop and much more.
The Penticton and District Arts Council is also collaborating with Penti-Con for a pop culture arts battle for all ages. Registration is mandatory and can be done online.
In addition to all the activities, more than 50 artists and vendors, both local and foreign, will also fill the vendors’ hall during the weekend.
“It’s going to be an exciting year,” Knelsen said. “So far, we’ve pre-sold more tickets than ever and people are super excited. They know it’s not just anime…it’s horror, it’s music. sci-fi is fantasy, there’s a little something for everyone.
Tickets at the door are $20 for a day pass and $12.50 for children and youth 13 and older.
The Zombie Walk and zombies games are free and people who participate will get a discount on the day pass.
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