F1rst Fr1day • Cogs and Corsets: A Steampunk Happening • Friday, June 7, Downtown Bloomington • Photos by Lewis Marien, Story by Kelsey Watznauer

An assortment of leather, lace, brass, boots and buckles spread into the First Friday events in downtown Bloomington as Cogs and Corsets: A Steampunk Happening kicked off a weekend full of festivities.

In simple terms, "steampunk" is Victorian science fiction, said Melanie Shellito, one of the festival organizers.

The weekend was packed with activities including contra dancing, drag shows, tea and nerf gun dueling, a tesla coil demonstration, promenades and so much more.

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