Ticket Price: ★★★★★
Photos by Emily Dyar
When First Appearance Comics was invited to join the festivities at Geek Out 4.0, we had no idea what to think or expect. We didn’t know what we were getting into with this outing. With that, I teamed up with three of my family members to join me in this adventure. Our primary goal was to take photos for our “Battle of the Cosplayer” poll.
With our adventure, we needed our trusty map which our hosts provided at the gate and elswhere in the campsite. Wait! Did I mention this was at a campvention? Yes…this was a camping/convention sort of thing. We only attended the con for several hours to get the lay of the land. The layout was broken down into several “worlds” (areas) to suit the needs of each camper. Many were sheltered in the shaded area to protect their sites and hopefully push the goodies they had brought to sell.
There were several vendors on hand to sell their wares. Most consisted of sellers of jewelry, hand crafted weapons, tie-dyed clothing, glass blown products, licensed items, and a variety of collectibles. We talked to the vendors at some length about the quality of the con. They said they appreciated the space and price. The vendors were spaced out more than I would have cared for because we weren’t always sure if there was more to look at or a campsite for another guest.
For the several hours we attended the show, the cosplay wasn’t in as full force as we are normally used to seeing. All cosplayers were more than willing to be photographed and appreciated the cosplay cause. The two performers above are part of the only Cosplay Circus that I had ever seen. They claimed they were the only ones. I was inclined to believe them because they were truly skilled and entertaining to behold. Arcobatica Infiniti Circus or NERD CIRCUS is what they are called. Seven years of training allowed these ladies to put on this fine show for us. Their show consists of acrobats and juggling talents. The show is something that is meant to seen.
The EWOK village, the “L.A.R.P.ING” the bouncy house, and the fabulous scenery are some of the additional things to witness or participate at GeekOut. The village is minus the Ewoks but it’s a fantastic nature hike. There several L.A.R.P.ing events that will test your skills with the hand to hand weapons.
There is a super cool pedaling Mario Kart racing attraction that looked super fun for the kiddos. My kids were just too big to jump on these guys for the pictures or the fun. It looks like you could really get your race on.
There was a stage in what was referred to as Middle Earth where several musical guests performed their various tunes. The campsite also had a stage for listening to the music indoors. It was my understanding that night time brought out a much larger crowd for the music events.
Overall, I would say GeekOut is an excellent place for you to take the family for a good time. I would recommend camping for the two days so that you can get the full effect of the festivities. The entire camp inhabitants are there to have a good time so everyone is well mannered and respectful of each other. LASTLY, I would love to thank Mr. Steve Hannon for the invite to the convention. He welcomed us with open arms and gave us the opportunity to take part. I will admit that if we are invited next year…we will have to camp out to get the full experience.