Steampunk Festival cancelled for this year
KNOWLESVILLE – The Steampunk Festival has been cancelled for this year, the Leonard Oakes Estate Winery announced today.
The winery has put on “the festival of bizarre proportions” since 2011. Steampunk is an end-of-summer party that became so popular it was moved from the winery on Route 104 in Medina to the 4-H fairgrounds.
Leonard Oakes Estate Winery could accommodate 1,000 to 1,200 people annually at recent Steampunk Festivals at the winery. It was maxed out and decided to move the event to the fairgrounds last year.
The winery said on its Facebook page it is planning some smaller event instead this year instead of the large celebration that drew people from 10-15 states and Canada.
Last year’s event included three bands, hot-air balloon rides, five food vendors, a steampunk clothing contest, fire artists, circus freaks, belly dancers, a mad science fair and Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber.
Most of the attendees at Steampunk wear futuristic costumes with a Victorian theme. They wear outlandish costumes, with top hats, goggles and robotic arms as accessories.
The event draws people from 10-15 states and Canada. Moving the event to the Fairgrounds provides an option to camp with tents or RVs.