Costume Contest


After many years of holding the Costume Contest before the Monster Dash races and having only modest participation, in 2015 we decided to move it to take place at the Friday night’s Monster Ball Pasta Party! It’s been a great success!

Come and test out your race costume, or come in a completely different costume! The contest will be held at 6:30 pm ON STAGE at the Historic Armory during the Monster Ball Pasta Party, and will be emceed by OSF actor, Christiana Clark!

Our top 3 prizes are worth the effort:

Top Prize of the night – $150 in Ashland Chamber gift certificates!
2nd place in the finals – $100 in Ashland Chamber gift certificates
3rd place in the finals – $50 in Ashland Chamber gift certificates.

Ashland Chamber Gift Certificates are good at many local Ashland businesses! Click HERE to check out the Chamber’s gift certificate page to see the businesses that are currently part of the program. A huge thank you to the Chamber for providing such wonderful prizes for our contest winners! Using Ashland Chamber Gift Certificates are all about shopping local – a cause we can definitely get behind.

There will be a non-competitive costume parade held at the beginning of the contest. This for-fun parade is mainly for our youngest members but can also include others that want to show off their costumes but don’t wish to participate in the judging part of the contest. All participants ages 4 and under will be placed in this category, but it is also open to anyone of any age who doesn’t want to compete.

Costume contest entry fees are included as part of your Monster Ball Pasta Party Ticket
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The costume contest is open to all Monster Ball attendees.

Judging will take place on the Armory stage in each category. Judges will be looking for costumes that YOU have created – not purchased through a costume vendor. Winners in each category will be awarded a winner’s ribbon and will become a finalist for the overall best costume.

The Best Costume Finals will take place immediately following the category judging. Each category winner will compete in a costume parade on stage for first, second and third places for the best overall costume. Winners receive a Monster Dash winner’s trophy (past trophy shown below) and awesome gift certificates to local businesses!

Costume Contest trophy
Competition Categories
  • 5-6
  • 7-8 yrs
  • 9-11 yrs
  • 12-14 yrs
  • 15-18 yrs
  • Adult (19+ yrs)
(all ages)
  • Best Group
    (3 or more)
  • Best Couple
    (2 participants)

2016 Monster Ball Costume Contest Judges!

David Kelly, Amy Preskenis & Jana Carole are our Costume Contest organizers. David Kelly is an actor at OSF, and is part of the theatre department faculty at SOU. Amy Preskenis is ASF’s newest board member, and a past Ashland School District teacher. Jana Carole is a story editor for Sony Pictures, was our first Costume Contest organizer, and previously chaired the board of the Ashland Schools Foundation.  They make a fabulous team!

Christiana Clark, Emcee, is in her fourth year at OSF. She is currently portraying Athena in The Odyssey, and the Seamstress in UniSon.  You may also remember her as the Lion in last year’s The Wiz. Christiana has an extensive bio of characters she has played across the US, and is an experienced Emcee. We believe her most challenging role is to corral the contestants in the Monster Ball Costume Contest!

Ann Wilton, Judge, has been the owner of Renaissance Rose in Ashland, since 2010. Specializing in costumes, but carrying a little bit of everything, Renaissance Rose is a beloved Ashland tradition!  She not only judges the competitors, but also outfits the judges in costumes and our emcee in fabulous fashion!

Al Espinosa – Al is in his 7th season as an actor at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. You may have seen him this year as Wessex in Shakespeare in Love, or Pistol in The Merry Wives of Windsor, or one of his many roles in past years including that of Edmond Dantès in The Count of Monte Cristo. I’m sure he’ll put his Yale School of Drama Master of Fine Arts degree to work in judging the Monster Ball Costume Contest!

Susan Aversa-Orrego – Susan is not only the owner of the four valley Yogurt Huts that are the presenting sponsor for all Monster Dash events, but she also has an extensive theatre background. She is a founding member of the new Collaborative Theatre Project in Medford, has directed and costumed many play productions, worked as a theatre critic in the Bay Area, and taught theatre at a college level.

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