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Watsonville holds first-ever comic-con event on Sunday

WATSONVILLE, Calif. (KION) The City of Watsonville is holding its first mini comic-con event called Nerdville.

 Watsonville residents dressed up and showed out for the city's first annual comic con event called Nerdville. Families and people of all ages visited the youth center in downtown Watsonville excited for an event right in their own backyard.

"I’ve been to one before, not here in Watsonville so to hear that they’re doing one here, I was like super excited. I bought this costume a while back and I’m getting my money’s worth, I’m going to wear it everywhere so I’m like really happy that they did it here,” said Kimberly Garcia, a Watsonville resident.

The event is being hosted by Friends of Watsonville Parks & Community Services today and attendees are encouraged to dress up as their favorite characters.

"I think it was important for us to really elevate that sense of community and bring the community together, bring families together," said Maria Orozco, PVUSD Board Trustee and member of the Friends of Watsonville Parks & Community Services.

Over 600 people attended the event and factors like affordability and travel to big comic cons to places like San Jose has been a deterrent for some.  

"I've always wanted to do this so like hearing about it, it got me excited so I was like, 'Oh my God, finally something like near me and like cheap," said Ana Saldana, a local resident.

The event is being held from 10 am to 5 pm.

Organizers say they plan on having a bigger event on May 1st, 2021.

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Stephanie Aceves

Stephanie Aceves is a multi-media journalist at KION News Channel 5/46.

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