Organizers get ready for ‘Steampunk’ before invention competition in Troy

TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) –The call is on for mad inventors! The upcoming “Enchanted City Steampunk Festival” isn’t until August. But inventors and mad geniuses are urged to get busy creating now, and there’s a $4,000 prize on the line.

Now in its third year, “The Enchanted City” is an urban street fair and spectacle of steampunk fashion, fantasy and fabrications that magically transforms the historic blocks of downtown Troy, N.Y. into a “cosplay” alternative reality where Victorian fancy meets modern technology. New additions this year include a “Troy Mini Maker Faire” and a $4,000 Inventors’ Challenge Prize.

“The Enchanted City is a real life fairy tale that you can experience and even become a character in if you wish,” said Enchanted City Creator Susan Dunckel of Sweet Sues sweet shop. “It’s a steampunk Brigadoon that we wait for all year.”

The free festival offers a family-friendly inspired day of music, games, performance, food and fantasy. Special events include a fashion show, historic tours, street performers and peddlers, storytelling, dancing, puppet shows, magic acts and more.

Adults and children are encouraged to come dressed in steampunk-themed costumes or as fairies.

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