Let your geek flag fly! Dayton’s geekiest party is this weekend 

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Let your geek flag fly! Dayton’s geekiest party is this weekend 

Breakout that Chewbacca costume tucked away in your closet. 

Practice your Vulcan salute. 

Prepare to rescue Princess Zelda. 

Geek flags will fly high at the Geek Gala: The Legend of Geek Gala Saturday, February 17, at Blind Bob’s, 430 E. Fifth St. in Dayton’s Oregon District. The party starts at 7 p.m. 

The first-ever Geek Gala and costume party was held at Blind Bob's on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM

So what is it?

Geek Gala is a costume dance party celebrating nerdom and fandom of all types. 

“We encourage people to dress up in costumes,” Josher Lumpkin, Geek Gala organizer said. “We don’t judge you based on your choice of costume, your fandom, your level of commitment to your costume. It is just for fun. We are not going to stress out about that.” 

What’s the cost? 

There is an incentive to dress up: a discount. 

Admission is $5 for those who attend the second annual event in costume, and $10 for those who do not. 

Why? 

Proceeds will benefit Dayton Children’s Hospital through Extra Life Dayton.

Extra Life is a national charity that collects money regionally for children’s hospitals affiliated with the Children’s Miracle Network. 

Last year’s party raised more than $2,200 for the charity. Lumpkin, a neonatal nurse and freelance writer, hopes to top that figure this year by bring in at least $3,000. 

“Any money that is collected for Extra Life Dayton, goes directly to Dayton Children’s,” Lumpkin said. 

The first-ever Geek Gala and costume party was held at Blind Bob's on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM

What about PRIZES?

Lumpkin and his team have collected an assortment of raffle prizes spanning the universes of nerdom, geekdom and all the other doms. 

Prizes include Golden Tickets for the candy buffet at Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop in Miamisburg, passes to Gem City Comic Con, Funko Pops and Kirk/Picard Command Series action figures from Game Swap in Kettering, a squid hat from Squid Pro Quo in Dayton, a crocheted BB-8 Droid from the This Nerdy Home Etsy shop, Dungeons & Dragons-themed soap-on-a-rope from Book of Holding and an Ion Archive LP digital conversion turntable with built-in speakers from Omega Music in the Oregon District. 

What’s with the theme?

Themed for the fantasy action video game series “Legend of Zelda” (Josher is a big fan), this year’s party includes a costume contest. 

Lumpkin said there will surely be some great costumes at the bash, but people need not be intimidated. All expressions of fandom are welcome. 

“You don’t have to spend a lot of money or time that you don’t have on making a costume to attend my awesome event,” said Lumpkin, who is a Dayton.com freelance writer.

Josher Lumpkin, the organizer of Geek Gala 2018 at Blind Bob's, shows off some of his geeky treasures. He dressed as a demonic bat skeleton person to show that all sorts of fandom will be accepted at the event. Amelia Robinson
Josher Lumpkin, the organizer of Geek Gala 2018 at Blind Bob's, shows off some of his geeky treasures. Amelia Robinson
Josher Lumpkin, the organizer of Geek Gala 2018 at Blind Bob's, shows off some of his geeky treasures. Amelia Robinson
Josher Lumpkin, the organizer of Geek Gala 2018 at Blind Bob's, shows off some of his geeky treasures. Amelia Robinson
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