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The setting for the competition
The Kanto Grand Festival (Japanese: カントーグランドフェスティバル Kanto Grand Festival) is an anime-exclusive event during the Advanced Generation series. All Pokémon Coordinators who earn five Contest Ribbons from the Kanto region are eligible to enter.
The competition is held at Indigo Plateau, which is also the location of the Indigo Plateau Conference.
The Kanto Grand Festival started in May, We Harley Drew'd Ya! and ended in Channeling the Battle Zone!. Like all Kanto Pokémon Contests, Lilian Meridian is the announcer. During the Grand Festival, 270 participants were entered.
Apart from the usual panel of judges, made of Raoul Contesta, Mr. Sukizo and a Nurse Joy, the host of the Hoenn region Contests, Vivian Meridian, was also a guest judge, while three other Nurse Joys gave the scores. Jessadia, who was Jessie in disguise, also hosted the Grand Festival with Lilian. Jessadia had James, Meowth and Wobbuffet as her crew.
The winner of the Kanto Grand Festival receives the Ribbon Cup as their prize and becomes Top Coordinator.
Each round is judged by a panel of four individuals. They include Raoul Contesta, Mr. Sukizo, a Nurse Joy from the Kanto region and the Contest announcer in Hoenn, Vivian Meridian.
In the appeals stage of Kanto Grand Festival, there are two rounds to appeal. In the first round, Coordinators have their Pokémon perform with just one move. Only 64 Coordinators proceed to the next round. The second round is a full appeal round like regular Contests; Coordinators have their Pokémon use as many moves as necessary. The 32 top scoring Coordinators from this round move on to the next stage.
The third stage marks the beginning of the Grand Festival's battle rounds and shows how skilled Coordinators and their Pokémon are when put into battle. All Coordinators are matched-up randomly by computer up to the semi-finals, which is the last round that computer will choose a random match-up. Coordinators who ran out of points, had their Pokémon knocked out or had the least amount of points once the time ran out were eliminated from the Grand Festival.
Solidad, the winner, with the Kanto Ribbon Cup