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Central PA Comic Con back in York

Sean Philip Cotter
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  • The convention runs Friday to Sunday, March 4 to 6.
  • A one-day ticket for adults costs $10; for kids under 12, it's $5.

The York area is playing host to the Central PA Comic Con this weekend for the second year in a row.

The event is being held at the York Expo Center's Old Main hall and runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Robert "Turtle" Bankey Jr., of Palmyra, sets up a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figure while his father, Robert "Big Rob" St. unpacks Matchbox cars while they set up for the Central PA Comic Con in Old Main at the York Expo Center, Friday, March 4, 2016.

Like last year's event, which was held in the Wyndham Gardens hotel's convention rooms on Loucks Road, convention-goers can expect a broad array of vendors, collectors, artists and authors from an array of different fandoms — as well as a great many attendees in costume.

This year will feature appearances from actress Nichelle Nichols, who played Lt. Uhura in the original "Star Trek" series, and voice actor Billy West, whose voice people might recognize as coming from many "Loony Toons" characters and Fry from "Futurama."

Attendees can also meet comic book artist Bob McLeod, Red Power Ranger Steve Cardenas and Ming Chen and Michael Zapcic from the show "Comic Book Men," according to Lurye.

Last year, Lurye said "thousands" of people came out both weekend days, far more than in past years, which were held in other, smaller venues around central Pennsylvania.

"We expect a similar turnout," she said of this year's event.

The convention has gotten bigger each year, Lurye said.

"We’ve outgrown each venue every time," she said.

Wendy Giulivo of Elizabethtown gathers ballons for the family booth "Balunguy" as they set up for the Central PA Comic Con in Old Main at the York Expo Center, Friday, March 4 2016.

Organizers had been planning to hold the event at the end of February at the Lancaster Host Resort and Conference Center, but the place went up for auction, so they switched it to York, she said.

"We were very grateful to stumble upon the York Fairgrounds," she said. "We almost had to cancel."

This year's event will be held in the Pennsylvania and Verandah rooms of the Old Main building in the fairgrounds, at 334 Carlisle Ave. Lurye asks that people not bring strollers into the building on Saturday, which will likely be the event's busiest day. She said the convention is geared toward people ages 6 and up, though children under 6 can come in free of charge.

Tickets cost $10 for adults for one day and then $5 for each additional day, according to Lurye. Tickets for kids between 6 and 11 cost $5 per day.

— Reach Sean Cotter atscotter@yorkdispatch.com.