Costume Contest


After last year’s success of moving the Costume Contest out of the cold, wet morning of the race, we have decided to keep it during Friday night’s Monster Ball Pasta Party!

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!

This year, There will be a non-competitive costume parade held at the beginning of the contest. This for-fun parade is a way to show off your costume even if you don’t wish to be judged for the contest. All participants ages 5 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 fees included in your Monster Ball Pasta Party Ticket (Purchase below ↓)





Costume Contest - 1 & 2nd in Adult Woman's categoryThe 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
  • 6-8 yrs
  • 9-11 yrs
  • 12-14 yrs
  • 15-18 yrs
  • Adult (19+ yrs)
(all ages)
  • Best Group
    (3 or more)
  • Best Couple
    (2 participants)


Costume Contest Emcee & Judges

2013 Emcee and panel of judges!

Jana Carole and Amy Preskenis are our Costume Contest organizers. 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.  Amy Preskenis is ASF’s newest board member, and a past Ashland School District teacher. They make a fabulous team!

Christiana Clark, Emcee, is in her second year at OSF. She is currently portraying Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, and Charmian in Anthony and Cleopatra.  Christiana has an extensive bio of characters she has played across the US, and is an experienced Emcee. We know her most challenging role will be 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!  Ann is also donating the top prizes for the Costume Contest top three winners – gift certificates to Renaissance Rose so they can pick up creative items for next year’s Halloween costumes!

Trina Brenes, Judge – Trina and her husband, John, celebrated their 40th anniversary of owning The Music Coop just this month, (the past 14 years here in Ashland) where you can find one or both of them working behind the counter every single day. Their Main Street store offers the very best of mint-condition vinyl and new CDs in every imaginable genre, and John & Trina have a long-standing tradition of staffing The Music Coop with the most knowledgeable Musicheaded teens in Ashland. Called “an Oasis in the record store wasteland,” by Emmylou Harris, and named “the greatest independent record store in the world” by Linda Ronstadt, The Music Coop is now a fixture in Ashland, and Trina & John are very much a part of our Ashland Community. 

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