Now that I'm back after vacationing in Florida after CV, I wanted the thoughts of those who like tobe involved in the Costume Contest. 1. To us it was more like a Comicon Show than a SW one. There were so many Zany Costumes and ones created from the far reaches of space. Which is OK but we thought the categories were all wrong! 2. Jay Lagalia (SP) was very off this year! We were told we had to have MC write-ups which we forgot in our hotel room so we ran all the way back because we spent time writing them in the first place. We noticed on Thurs night that contestants would just come out and stand there with the MC (Jay) saying nothing AND WE WONDERED WHY THEY DIDN'T HAVE A WRITE UP FOR HIM. . Well, On Sunday we experience why - he refused to read peoples write ups. He chose not to read anything on some. Which threw us off - we were suppose to have 90 seconds to showcase our costume but that was stolen from us! 3. He fumbled with papers and even insulted some. We didn't mind if he added something funny to say but he said nothing unless it was very "Unusual" or Zaney! I think as an MC, he's obligated to give everyone a fair chance - to showcase the contested and let the JUDGES BE THE JUDGES! He insulted a young girl's costume as she was walking off (after not reading anything)And She and her mom worked very hard on it! 4. The Categories were all messed up. In our opinion, there should be a category for traditional movies Costumes, For the video game, for the books (I guess expanded universe) Then the Wild and Crazy Category. Or at least the categories they had at CIV There were no 1st, 2nd, 3rd prizes. There was judge's choice. But we had comic book people and other various judges ect. and not those who were familiar with Star Wars characters. For instance, many costumers were insulted that a girl who put on an R2D2 T-shirt and a bowl on her head won a prize! 5. So, it would have been better to call the whole thing "The Costume Show" because it seemed it was all about who did the best acting or crowd arousal! Which makes it very hard for the charaters who are suppose to be serious - Anakin or Queen or Padme to even have a chance.