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FARMINGTON — If you're planning on using the fact that you don't have a costume to wear as an excuse for not attending this weekend's second annual "Steamers & Dreamers" steampunk convention in Aztec, event organizer Cindy Iacovetto is prepared to call you out on that.
"I truly believe everyone has something steampunk in their closet," Iacovetto said, explaining that fans of the genre easily can piece together a costume with such items as suspenders, garters, hats, goggles, leather jackets and boots.

And if a piece of clothing is antique or Victorian in nature, even better, she said.

The event is designed to celebrate all things steampunk, which is an aesthetic related to Victorian science fiction, according to the event's website. Iacovetto staged last year's convention to capitalize on the burgeoning popularity of steampunk, and she was pleased when between 350 and 400 people turned out.

This year, she's expecting an even larger crowd, perhaps closer to 500.

"It's hard to say, but there has been a lot of talk and excitement and people saying it was so fun last year, they want to try it this year," she said.

The convention is an all-day event, and features a number of attractions and vendors. Among those scheduled to perform throughout the day are the Red Desert Muse belly dancers, Bo York, Otis and the Rhythm, and Choke Cherry Jam. A workshop on how to make red Solo cup hats is planned, a caricature artist will be on hand, and costume and art contests will be held, with the winners receiving prizes. Dinner will be offered by Beer Belly's Burgers & BBQ, and an evening dance will conclude the festivities.

The convention is expected to attract steampunk enthusiasts from all over, Iacovetto said. The genre is very popular in Durango, Colo., and Iacovetto already has heard from people as far away as Roswell and Texas who are planning on attending.

The event has been buoyed this year by its inclusion on the events calendar of steampunkfashionguide.com, she said, meaning visitors from other far-flung locales could be planning on attending, as well.

This year's convention is being planned around a Western theme, but Iacovetto said those who attend shouldn't feel obligated to have their costume reflect that.

"The thing about steampunk is, there are no limits," she said. "You can be a pirate or a witch with a steam-powered broom."

Iacovetto was hard at work on her own costume last week, especially the hat, which she said features a good deal of gadgetry.

"I've probably got 40-plus hours in it already," she said.

She said while it isn't necessary to spend that much time on a costume, that's something some steampunk enthusiasts feels compelled to do.

"It just depends," she said. "I have a focus on detail."

Proceeds from the event will be used to support the Good Neighbors campus in Aztec, a community effort designed to promote kindness. Iacovetto said the Aztec High School Key Club is helping promote the campaign, and some of its initiatives will be announced soon.

Mike Easterling is the A&E editor of The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4610.

If you go

What: The second annual "Steamers & Dreamers" steampunk convention

When: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18

Where: The Aztec Senior-Community Center, 101 S. Park Ave.

Tickets: $10

For more information: Visit steamersanddreamers.com

 

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