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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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Category judging is by popular vote with the exception of "Best In Show." All attendees, their guests, vendors, vendor helpers, volunteers and clinicians will receive one ballot each. Votes will be counted by EXPO staff after voting closes on Saturday at 12PM.
Beginning in 2016, "Best In Show" will be judged by a panel chosen by the EXPO staff.

Contest entries can be dropped off beginning Thursday evening at 6pm. They should be picked up by 5pm on Saturday. Since your score is via popular vote by show attendees, we recommend getting your entry into the contest room as soon as you can. The more people that see it, the more votes it may get! Voting begins, & the contest room opens, at 9AM on Friday. 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 is  a single Grand Door Prize valued at nearly $1000 in merchandise. It will include one kit by South River Model Works, one by Fine Scale Miniatures and and several smaller kits supplied by Railroad Kits.com, Atlantic Scale Modelers, Fos Scale Models & BEST Trains. 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
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. Dealers / vendors are welcome to display models in the contest area but may not compete for prizes. Each entrant is allowed a maximum of two entries per category. A winning entry from a previous EXPO may not be entered. Show staff are not eligible to vote. Votes will be counted by Expo staff after judging closes on Saturday at 12PM. In the event of a tie in any category, the official show judges made up of EXPO clinicians will vote to determine a winner. The decision of the EXPO judges and staff are final. All category award winners are determined by popular vote with the exception of "Best In Show" which will become a judged category in 2016.

SPONSORED BY THE SUNCOAST CENTER FOR FINE SCALE MODELING

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