VERMILLION — The Vermillion Area Arts Council is finalizing preparation for their upcoming Steampunk Pirate festival, scheduled to take place on Saturday, Sept. 14. First Gear will be the inaugural year for the fair, which is expected to draw visitors from all over the region to engage in thematic, family-friendly activities, games, costume contests and performances.

The schedule is as follows:

• 2 p.m. — Festival opens with hands-on activities, demos and variety of vendors

• 5 p.m. — Jewel in the Lotus bellydance performance

• 5:30 p.m. — Children’s Costume contest (ages 17 & under)

• 6 p.m. — Jim Perry Magic Steampunk show

• 7 p.m. — Magnificent Booty, historically inaccurate pirate comedy

• 7:45 p.m. — Adult Costume Contest (ages 18 & up)

• 8:30 p.m. — Free Screening of “The Princess Bride” at the Vermillion Theater, 4 W Main Street

Steampunk is a subgenre of creative science fiction that uses historic technology to power contemporary life. (Imagine your cellphone powered by steam.) It’s also considered a counter-cultural and fashion statement that is equally inspired by rebellious punk ideology and pre-Industrial Revolution technology, like the steam engine.

The festival will take place from 2-8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, with family-friendly activities occurring earlier in the day. The festival takes place at the Washington Street Arts Center, 202 Washington Street, in Vermillion. The festival will be followed by a special, free screening of the movie “The Princess Bride” at the historic Vermillion Theater — 4 W. Main Street — hosted by the Vermillion Cultural Association. They will have beer and other beverages, as well as popcorn for sale on site.

For more information, visit or email event organizers at

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