Smofcon 18 was held in Cocoa Beach, FL from December 1-3, 2000 and many fen arrived a day early to watch the night time launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour (STS-97) (voted "Best Opening Ceremony of All Time") and chaired by Joe Siclari and Edie Stern and sponsored by SFSFS.
After attending this, her first Smofcon, Tammy Coxen commented that it was too Worldcon-focused and had limited appeal since she didn't plan on running a Worldcon. Picking up on her comments, Steven H Silver organized MidFan with the purpose of running a regional-focused con-runners' convention, Midwest Construction.
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