GalaxyFest goes to the dogs with costume contest

By Chhun Sun Updated: February 26, 2017 at 6:55 pm • Published: February 26, 2017 0
photo - No hard feelings between competitors Dixie and Fizzgig (left to right) after the pet costume contest at GalaxyFest at the Antlers Hotel on Sunday, February 26, 2017. Dixie was dressed as BB-8, a robot from Star Wars, and Fizzgig was disguised as The Lone Wanderer from the Fallout 4 game. ONLINE PHOTO GALLERY (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)
No hard feelings between competitors Dixie and Fizzgig (left to right) after the pet costume contest at GalaxyFest at the Antlers Hotel on Sunday, February 26, 2017. Dixie was dressed as BB-8, a robot from Star Wars, and Fizzgig was disguised as The Lone Wanderer from the Fallout 4 game. ONLINE PHOTO GALLERY (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

It was far from a fierce competition, since there were only two participants. And those participants likely didn't understand the magnitude of the situation since they were too busy chewing on dog bones.

But Sunday's pet costume contest was still a highlight for attendees of GalaxyFest 2017, the sixth edition of the Colorado Springs-based sci-fi and pop culture fesztival featuring activities for both kids and adults. Held annually at the Antlers Hotel, the event also boasted guests and vendors in superhero, alien and zombie costumes, as well as celebrity appearances.

Pets also had their fun.

Dressed as a video game protagonist, Fizzgig was loving the attention she got inside a room at the Antlers hotel on Sunday afternoon. The Cane Corso/labrador mix was awarded treats and toys after she performed an Army crawl and won Best Trick.

Ironically intentional, Fizzgig played the human role of Lone Wanderer from Fallout 4, while one of her owners, 10-year-old Kasha McMullen, was dressed as a Dogmeat, a four-legged companion of the video game protagonist.

Nonetheless, Fizzgig - named after the friendly monster in Jim Henson's fantasy adventure film "The Dark Crystal" - enjoyed the love she got. Every time someone came close, she'd snuggle up against them.

"I did not expect her to wear a costume and behave this well around this many people," said Ray McMullen, Kasha's dad.

Fizzgig's only other competitor was Dixie, a 5-month old Border Collie mix that dressed up as BB-8, a droid character in the Star Wars franchise. She won Best of Show.

Her owner, Rachel Wilkerson, was looking to see more participants in the costume contest but still had fun. This was her third time at GalaxyFest, and Wilkerson said she appreciates that the event is family- and pet-friendly and covers multiple aspects of pop culture.

"It's not just about comic books," she said.

The pet costume contest was one of the last activities during the two-day event, which attracted thousands of visitors. GalaxyFest also featured an adults-only party that ended at 3 a.m. Sunday.

"It's so much bigger this year," said Mike Goodell, the event's director of media. "We have a lot more events that have a lot more focused on kids activities, especially on Sunday. It's been a great family-friendly time all weekend."

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