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Contests & Prizes - $1000 BEST-IN-SHOW and now... $100 FOR FIRST PLACE IN EACH CATEGORY! Enter your best modeling work and get a chance to share in cash and prizes! NEW RULES FOR 2016!*

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NEW IN 2016: Category judging is by a panel of judges to be determined at The EXPO. Staff, Clinicians, Vendors, or Attendees may be chosen as judges.

Contest entries can be dropped off beginning Thursday evening at 6pm. They should be picked up by 5pm on Saturday. The contest room opens for public veiwing at 9AM on Friday. Judging will begin on Saturday, early afternoon. RULES

  • Best In Show:
    This is a judged contest for best overall entry from any of the other contest categories: One winner only - Best of Show plaque, and of course... A $1000 cash prize.
  • The 2x2:
    Enter any scale model scene and/or structure within a 2” square area, can be 2" round as well – no limit on height. No measurement can exceed 2" on any side. All scales. Ist place winners receive a plaque and a $100 Cash Prize. 2nd & 3rd place winners receive a contest certificate.
  • The 8 x 8:
    Enter any scale model scene and/or structure within a 8” square area. No measurement can exceed 8" on any side. No limit on height. All scales. Ist place winners receive a plaque and a $100 Cash Prize. 2nd & 3rd place winners receive a contest certificate.
  • The 18 x 18:
    Enter any scale model scene and/or structure within a 18” square area. No measurement can exceed 18" on any side. No limit on height. All scales. Ist place winners receive a plaque and a $100 Cash Prize. 2nd & 3rd place winners receive a contest certificate.
  • Rolling Stock – Freight or Locomotive:
    Enter any form of rolling stock or locomotive in any scale. Ist place winners receive a plaque and a $100 Cash Prize. 2nd & 3rd place winners receive a contest certificate.
  • Marine Challenge:
    Enter any form of a scale model marine vehicle; boats, ships, barges, etc…Any Scale. Ist place winners receive a plaque and a $100 Cash Prize. 2nd & 3rd place winners receive a contest certificate.
  • Best Structure:
    Enter any built up structure that is free standing, not attached to a base of any kind. Any Scale. Ist place winners receive a plaque and a $100 Cash Prize. 2nd & 3rd place winners receive a contest certificate.
  • Yard by Yard Contest:
    Enter any large (max size is 36" x 36") diorama, scenery, and structure scene, larger than 18" in any side measurement. Any scale. Ist place winners receive a plaque and a $100 Cash Prize. 2nd & 3rd place winners receive a contest certificate.
  • Door Prizes: There will also be raffle prizes supplied by manufacturers with the proceeds going to charity. EXPO 2015 raised over $1000 for The March of Dimes.
EXPO CONTEST RULES
Judging by a panel of persons chosen at The EXPO (made up of EXPO staff, attendees and/or clinicians) begins on Saturday at around noon. In the event of a tie in any category, the official show judges will vote to determine a winner. The decision of the EXPO judges and staff are final.
No vendor, manufacturer or professional model builder is allowed to enter contest. We feel that those people who fall into this category may have an advantage over others. Dealers / Vendors / Pro Builders are welcome to display models in the contest area but may not compete for prizes. So to further clarify here are the definitions of each:
  • Vendor: Any person that sells his models, details or modeling service etc. @ our show or other modeling shows.
  • Manufacturer: Any person/company that makes, produce, creates models, details etc. for profit.
  • Professional Model Builder: Any person/company that sells his/ her services, or otherwise gets financial compensation to build models, scenery or details etc...
The contest entrant assumes all liability in the unlikely event that damage or theft occurs to his or her property while it is on display. The convention center/hotel, nor The EXPO, show staff, or volunteers, are responsible for contest entry damage or loss.
Each entrant is allowed a maximum of two entries per category.
A winning entry from a previous EXPO may not be entered.

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