For Immediate Release
Contact: Susan Dunckel
TROY, N.Y. (2/5/15) — Last Oct. 4, a new steampunk-themed festival transformed downtown Troy into a Victoriana wonderland that attracted nearly 1,000 people.
This year, The Enchanted City steampunk festival will be held on Oct. 3, 2015 and event organizers are currently accepting entries for an “Inventor’s Challenge” with cash prizes.
“Troy has a history of out-of-the box thinkers who did things, at the time, that seemed crazy — like George Ferris, an RPI graduate who modeled his Ferris Wheel after Troy’s famous Burden Water Wheel!” said Enchanted City organizer Susan M. Dunckel. “We are seeing that inventive spirit reemerge in Troy today, with groups like the Tech Valley Center of Gravity, PRI and companies like Apprenda. The Enchanted City is all about showcasing that spirit in a fun way — bringing it into the streets, so people can see it and put their hands on it and rekindle our ‘future-past.’ That’s steampunk.”
The Enchanted City Inventor’s Challenge asks all “inventors, makers and mad geniuses” to devise and execute a “mechanical conveyance” (a vehicle) to transport “Queen Mab,” the festival’s costumed figurehead. The mobile machinery must be able to safely carry the queen a distance of a quarter mile.
This creation can be: carried like a litter; pulled like a rickshaw or cart; peddled; powered by battery; solar; aeolipile; or robotic. It can be built by an individual, team or club. It will be inspected by a professional engineer, and judged by a team of credentialed officials on Troy Night Out (TNO), Friday Sept. 25, 2015.
The winner selected during TNO will transport the Queen during the festival’s opening parade on Oct. 3.
CASH PRIZE PURSE WILL BE AWARDED
All transport creations deemed to be worthy of competition (during the Sept. 25 TNO judging phase) will then be automatically entered into the “Queens Tourney of Mad Machinery” to take place during the festivities on Oct. 3. The tournament will feature a variety of races that will pit each vehicle into battles with time, space and gravity.
One thousand dollars in prizes will be awarded during Troy Night Out to those inventors who prove themselves exemplary. Additional prizes will be awarded in the Queens Tourney during the Oct. 3 festival.
1) Sept. 25, 5 p.m. TNO judging
2) Oct. 3, 10 a.m. Queens Parade
3) Oct. 3, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Queens Tourney
The early registration fee for Mad geniuses (Age 22 +) is $25. The fee will rise to $50 later in the year.
All entry fees are nonrefundable.
The Enchanted City Inventor’s Challenge is made possible through a strategic partnership with Tech Valley Center of Gravity and The Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway.
“We’re betting on the madcap offspring of art meets engineering. Velocipedes with wings. Self propelled pianos. A weekend of Inventors Gone Wild,” said Laban Coblentz, founder and chairman of the Tech Valley Center of Gravity.
For information, rules and regulations, visit: http://theenchantedcitytroy.com.
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Enchanted City is a steampunk fair with faerie flare featuring cosplayers, a fashion show, culinary competition, live theater, storytellers and music. Its mission is to celebrate the industrial heritage and creative spirit of Troy New York’s past present and future. It is organized by Susan Dunckel, owner of Sweet Sues, located at 203 River Street.
For high resolution publicity images of The Enchanted City, 2014, visit: http://duncancrary.com/clients/EnchantedCity.html
Contact: Susan Dunckel