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Cardboard*Con

The World’s Most Affordable Sci-Fi/Fantasy Cardboard Costuming Convention

The 12th Annual Cardboard*Con
will be on March 6, 2021!!

The World Famous Cardboard*Con Costume Contest

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Our world famous costume contest is the most laid-back contest in the sci-fi con industry! The prizes are highly sought after, yet incredibly crappy and often don't make it back home with the winners. NO PRESSURE! Just come and have fun!

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The Robert Gair Memorial Loving Cup

The Cardboard Cup

The Grand Prize Winner of the badly run and extremely confusing Cardboard*Con costume contest was traditionally awarded the legendary Robert Gair Memorial Loving Cup (referred to more casually as "The Cardboard Cup").

Unlike normal trophies, the winner was allowed to keep The Cardboard Cup until a new champion was crowned the following year. As part of Cardboard*Con tradition the winner's name was permanently inscribed onto the trophy, using permanent marker, and each year's winner was able to add tokens of decor to the actual cup.

The cup disappeared around 2013 and has not been seen since, much to the relief of all involved.

Past First Place Winners

Past Winners of the cup include:

  • 2020 - Ryan & Jay
  • 2019 - Eric Schumacher
  • 2018 - No Record
  • 2017 - No Record
  • 2016 - No Record
  • 2015 - No Record
  • 2014 - Spades (Peter Ogilvie)
  • 2013 - Boxzilla
  • 2012 - The Sexy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Complete List of Past Winners

Preserved for all time are our past winners. In 2019 we instituted a new policy for tracking winners, watch for it!!

2020 Winners

  • photo of the winners of the 2020 CC Costume Contest
  • First Place - Ryan and Jay as Cardboard Riker and USS Enterprise
  • Second Place - Lemley Family as The Holodeck
  • Third Place - Mike Osbahr as Mister Spock
  • Honorable Mention - Cardborg Collectiv

2019 Winners

  • photo of the winners of the 2019 CC Costume Contest
  • First Place - Eric Schumacher as Green Space Alien with Tentakuls
  • Second Place - Elizbeth Mire as Sailor Moon
  • Third Place - Lemley Fambly as Generic Space Fambly
  • Honorable Mention - Bud Lightbeer
  • Honorable Mention - Crazy Cardboard Hating Protestor
  • Honorable Mention - Cornbread*Con reprensative

2018 Winners

  • Winners to be announced
  • 4 years of no winner names. We suck.
  • First Place - TBA
  • Second Place - TBA
  • Third Place - TBA

2017 Winners

  • Winners to be announced
  • We didn't write the names down, for a 3rd year.
  • First Place - TBA
  • Second Place - TBA
  • Third Place - TBA

2016 Winners

  • Winners to be announced
  • We didn't write the names down, again.
  • First Place - TBA
  • Second Place - TBA
  • Third Place - TBA

2015 Winners

  • Winners to be announced
  • We didn't write the names down.
  • First Place - TBA
  • Second Place - TBA
  • Third Place - TBA

2014 Winners

  • Winners to be announced
  • First Place - Spades (Peter Ogilvie)
  • Second Place - We seriously don't remember
  • Third Place - Winebox interfered with note taking. Who won 3rd????

2013 Winners

  • photo of the winners of the 2013 CC Costume Contest
  • First Place - Boxzilla (Lucy Bartash)
  • Second Place - Box Vader (Alfeo Dixon)
  • Third Place - Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Inky & Blinky (Carl Kyle F, Queen Bettina, Mandi & Steven Genova)
  • Honorable Mention - Smartypants (Heather Brown)

2012 Winners

  • photo of the winners of the 2012 CC Costume Contest
  • First Place - Sexy Cardboard Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Carl Kyle F, Queen Bettina, Mandi & Steven Genova)
  • Second Place - Neil Cardstrong (William Buckley)
  • Third Place - 18th Century Cardboard Time Traveler (Scylla Kat)

2011 Winners

  • photo of the winners of the 2011 CC Costume Contest
  • First Place - Fishbowl! (Anji from House Koloth)
  • Second Place - Cardboard Jaffa (Jack, Mike, Jeff, Kevin and Tonya from Timegate)
  • Third Place - "Marvel Girl" - Jenna Hughes

2010 Winners

  • photo of the winners of the 2010 CC Costume Contest
  • Best Costume - "Boxx-Ra, Princess of Power!" (Jessica Lewis)
  • Funniest Costume - "Bad Robox" (Nancy Wall Huber)
  • Best Use of Cardboard - "Cardboard Spaghetti Monster" (Sasha Katz)
  • Most Unseen - "Where's Boxo?" (Kevin Novak)

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