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8th Annual Cleveland Geekster
September 25, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cleveland, Tennessee’s 8th annual premiere toys, comics, games, collectibles and fandom show!
This family friendly event features more than 40 vendors and is just $5 to get in (kids 12 and under are FREE!).
The 8th Annual Cleveland Geekster collects all things geek in the City with Spirit. Comic books, toys, games, and family fun will fill the day.
Cleveland Geekster returns for its eighth year to help locals in the Cleveland area find and celebrate the comic books, vintage toys, art, movie memorabilia, games, and pop culture collectibles loved by geeks. The annual event will be held in the Cleveland State Community College gymnasium on Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Approximately 1,000 people attend the event each year. There will be more than 40 vendors selling assortments of items. This year, Geekster is sponsored by Epikos Comics, Cards, and Games; Dicehead Games and Comics; Lasater’s Coffee and Tea; and The Alderman Group.
The event has become a tradition for people all across the area, according to founders Ashley Raburn, Rob Alderman and Ryan Faricelli.
“Venders from all over the United States, and right here in Cleveland, go out of their way to make sure Geekster is on their convention schedule,” stated Raburn. “It’s a testament to our Cleveland community that an event like this can be so successful. We’re really proud of the reputation we’ve earned.”
“Cleveland is our home and we love it here,” Alderman said. “Hosting Geekster allows us to give back to our community by providing an opportunity for people to get out and have fun together. We have a line out the door every year before we open.”
From the beginning, Geekster was designed to be a local event for people of all ages. The founders worked hard to ensure the event was family friendly, and that parents and their children could attend together on a Saturday afternoon.
“All three of us have children,” explained Alderman. “It was important for us that this be an event where everyone is welcome.”
“My favorite part of Geekster is watching parents show their kids the toys that they played with when they were children,” added Faricelli.
Cleveland Geekster selects a local charity to sponsor each year. All of the vendors donate a small toy or collectible item and tickets are sold for $1 throughout the entire day for a chance to win. The winner receives every item collected.
“Cleveland has been good to us,” said Faricelli. “We have to be good stewards of that and give back. In the past, our charity table has helped Oak Grove Elementary School, our local Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Karis Dental, the Empty Stocking Fund, and the Cleveland State art department.”
The organizers do have to follow the venue’s policies for COVID-19 safety. Currently, Cleveland State is requiring everyone on their campus to wear a mask, so this will be the case at Geekster, as well.