The game “Pokemon Go” is all the rage, with folks of all ages enjoying the smartphone-based game. Harlan Tourism and the Harlan County Public Library are throwing a Poké Party for all interested at the Harlan Center.
Harlan Center event setup representative Ashley Bledsoe said the festivities start at 7 p.m. on Friday.
“It goes until midnight,” Bledsoe said. “Every hour on the hour, the person that is over the Pokemon gym in different locations downtown will receive an iTunes of Google Play gift card worth $10…the person that is the overall gym leader in the Harlan Downtown area for the event will get a $50 gift card.”
There will be a Pokemon cosplay contest, where if you come dressed as your favorite Pokemon character or Pokemon, organizers will take a picture, your name and your number, and at the end of the night the secret judges will call and let you know who won the contest. The grand prize for the cosplay contest is a $25 iTunes or Google Play gift card.
“There will be movies downstairs, there will be concessions upstairs,” Bledsoe said. “We will be handing out cheat sheets and tips on how to play the game better. We encourage everybody to come out.”
Bledsoe pointed out the game promotes outdoor activity and has children socializing with each other.
“It’s really been great for the community and to get people active again,” Bledsoe said.
Bledsoe explained Pokemon was developed in the mid-1990s.
“Pokemon is short for pocket monster,” Bledsoe said. “They’re little creatures with different names and they all have different powers. The premise of “Pokemon Go” is to walk around to different locations and find these little pocket monsters and capture them…once you capture them, you try to increase their level so that you can go to the different gyms in town and fight other Pokemon.”
Also starting at 7 p.m., the convention center rooms will be open and Pokemon: The Movie will continue to play throughout the night.
There will be space at the top of the Harlan Center for anyone interested in playing the Pokemon trading card game as well as board games and card games provided by the Harlan County Public Library. The trading card game will be bring-your-own-cards.
The Poké Party is open to all ages.
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