Classic Plastics Expo Returns to Parkersburg Art Center | News, Sports, Jobs
PARKERSBURG — Superheroes, adventurers, warriors and their fans return to the Parkersburg Art Center on Saturday for Classic Plastics Toy & Comic Expo 2022.
The show kicked off in 2020 just before pandemic restrictions brought many activities to a halt. In 2021, art center and showrunner Tony Workman, owner of Classic Plastics Toy Store, decided to transform the annual event from a two-day gathering into a month-long exhibition celebrating artwork, cosplay, sculpture and other themed items become object.
While Workman was happy to keep the tradition born in 2015 alive with last February’s PAC ComDioBotCos Show, he looks forward to returning to a full-fledged convention this year.
“It’s great to be able to go full throttle again” he said. “It was definitely a shame not having to do it.”
The hope was always to return for 2022.
“We had it on the calendar all along, we had it set. But I think we only started planning about three months ago.” said worker.
In addition to vendors selling toys, video games, comics and more, the show will again feature professional wrestling guests. Paul Ellering was the longtime manager of the Road Warriors tag team that inducted him into the Professional Wrestling and WWE Hall of Fame and now manages NXT’s Authors of Pain. Longtime wrestling referee Earl Hebner oversaw several landmark WWE events and served as the senior referee for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling for more than a decade.
“He was a referee at many different companies for many different games.” said worker.
Things have not fully returned to pre-pandemic conditions. The show will only last one day instead of two, and there will be slightly fewer vendors to give people a little more space, Workman said. Masks are recommended but not required, and hand washing and other hygiene practices are encouraged.
Groceries will continue to be available, with Jimmy Avocado’s serving as the seller for the first time.
The exhibition will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Art Center at 725 Market St. For a list of planned vendors, visit the Classic Plastics Toy Expo Facebook Expo Facebook page.
People can also enter Downtown PKB’s Savor Saturday promotion from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Those who shop at a participating downtown restaurant are entered for a chance to win a $50 gift card to a downtown restaurant of their choice.
For more information, visit downtownpkb.com or the organization’s Facebook page.