SMOFcon

A convention for convention planners/runners.

The name comes from smofcon.

In 1983, there were three bids for the 1986 Worldcon. Only a few members of these bids had much experience with running a Worldcon. Joe Siclari and Edie Stern had been discussing how to improve this situation and came up with the idea of a convention for conrunners. In 1983, after running an Atlanta bid party at Windycon X (a Chicago regional convention), they approached Ben Yalow (then on the NY bid) and later Theresa Renner (DC bid).

While the committee tried to call the convention "ConCon", as happened with Nycon II and the Tasfic, "the fans wouldn't have it" and it was called "Smofcon".

This was not the first such convention as a convention on con running had been held in New York City in the early 70s (retroactively dubbed "Smofcon 0"), but this was the convention which successfully began an almost-annual series of conventions.

Name Date Site, City Attendance
Smofcon 0 1973 or 1974? Sheraton, New York, NY
Smofcon 1 Oct 12-14?, 1984 Washington, DC
Smofcon 2 Nov ?, 1985 Oakland, CA cancelled 0
Smofcon 3 Dec 5-7, 1986 Lowell Hilton, Lowell, MA 137
Smofcon 4 Nov 20-22, 1987 Columbus, OH
Smofcon 5 Dec 9-11, 1988 Hyatt Regency Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ 102
Smofcon 6 Dec 8-10, 1989 Holiday Inn Airport, Toronto, ON, Canada
Smofcon 7 Dec 7-9, 1990 Airport Hilton, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Smofcon 8 Dec 6-8, 1991 Shilo Inn Airport, Portland, OR
Smofcon 9 Dec 4-6, 1992 New Orleans, LA
Smofcon 10 Apr 23-25, 1993 Hotel de France, Jersey, Channel Islands, UK
Smofcon 11 Dec 3-5, 1993 Lexington Marriott, Lexington, KY ~110
Smofcon 12 Dec 2-4, 1994 Burbank Hilton, Burbank, CA ~175
Smofcon 13 Dec 1-3, 1995 Austin Red Lion, Austin, TX 121
Smofcon 14 Dec 6-8, 1996 Seattle Hilton, Seattle, WA
Smofcon 15 Dec 5-7, 1997 Doubletree Suites Hotel, Boston, MA 153
Smofcon 16 Dec 4-6, 1998 Radisson Inn, Colorado Springs, CO 86
Smofcon 17 Dec 10-12, 1999 New Orleans, LA
Smofcon 18 Dec 1-3, 2000 Cocoa Beach, FL
Smofcon 19 Dec 7-9, 2001 York, UK
Smofcon 20 Dec 6-8, 2002 Hacienda Hotel, San Diego, CA ~125
Smofcon 21 Dec 5-7, 2003 Embassy Suites O'Hare, Rosemont, IL
Smofcon 22 Dec 3-5, 2004 Washington, DC ~123
Smofcon 23 Dec 2-4, 2005 Red Lion Convention Center Hotel, Portland, OR
Smofcon 24 Dec 1-3, 2006 The Hotel Phillips, Kansas City, MO
Smofcon 25 Dec 7-9, 2007 Hilton Boston Logan Airport, Boston, MA ~214
Smofcon 26 Dec 5-7, 2008 Columbus, OH ~130
Smofcon 27 Dec 4-6, 2009 Austin, TX
Smofcon 28 Dec 3-5, 2010 San Jose, CA 154
Smofcon 29 Dec 2-4 2011 Amsterdam, Netherlands 110/130
Smofcon 30 Nov 30-Dec 2 2012 Philadelphia 196
Smofcon 31 Dec 6-8, 2013 Toronto 168
Smofcon 32 Dec 5-7, 2014 Manhattan Beach, CA
Smofcon 33 Dec 4-6, 2015 Ft Worth, TX
Smofcon 34 Dec 2-4, 2016 Chicago, IL
Smofcon 35 Dec 1-3, 2017 Boston, MA

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