Campbelltown’s youngest councillor, Ben Gilholme, is a self confessed nerd and pop culture enthusiast.
Last year he successfully got council backing for a Pokémon Go event to be part of Fisher’s Ghost festival.
This year he pushed for an even bigger pop culture presence in the festival and his request was granted when council met last week.
“I think this is exciting and will add to the attraction of the festival,’’ Cr Gilholme said.
It all means that local fans of gaming and pop culture are in for a treat when Nerd Con is launched as part of this year’s Festival of Fisher’s Ghost.
A mini Comic-Con will be held before the Fisher’s Ghost street parade on Saturday, November 2 and include local pop culture exhibitors, games and a cosplay competition.
The winner of the cosplay competition will be able to show off their winning costume on board the Campbelltown Council float.
Mayor of Campbelltown George Brticevic said Nerd Con will add a new element to the popular festival.
“Many local residents travel all over Sydney for pop culture events,” Cr Brticevic said.
“It’s fitting that we’re bringing that experience to people alongside the street parade and this year’s ‘We could be heroes’ theme,” he said.
Local pop culture themed business owners are organising the event alongside council.
Iconic Nerd owner, Daniel Fisher said Nerd Con will be the first gaming and pop culture event held in Campbelltown.
“It’s got a different twist to your standard Comic-Con style event because we’ve incorporated the street parade into it which will showcase what we’re doing to the wider community,” said Mr Fisher.
There are more activities planned to be held at Koshigaya Park after the 4pm parade.
Find out what’s on at the Festival of Fisher’s Ghost at Council’s website.