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The Ohio Valley Filk Fest, or OVFF for short, is the world's largest filk convention. The first convention in the series was held in 1984 in Cincinnati. The plan was for OVFF to alternate years with another filk convention to be established in a neighboring state, but that second convention lost its hotel and fell through too late for OVFF to be able to plan a 1985 convention. OVFF ran its second convention in 1986 and has run annually since.

All subsequent conventions (starting 1986) have been held in the Columbus area, but the original name has remained. The convention is held in the fall, generally in late October. Each year the convention presents the Pegasus Awards.


Convention Dates GoHs [1][2]
OVFF 1 September 21-23, 1984 Julia Ecklar, Gordy Dickson, Murray Porath
OVFF 2 October 31 - November 2, 1986 Bill Sutton
OVFF 3 October 31 - November 2, 1987 Mercedes "Misty" Lackey or maybe Meg Davis
OVFF 4 October 1988 Bill Roper
OVFF 5 October 27-29, 1989 Barry Childs-Helton, Sally Childs-Helton
OVFF 6 October 26-28, 1990 Musical Chairs, Mary Frost Pierson
OVFF 7 October 26-28, 1991 Cynthia McQuillin, Howard Scrimgeour
OVFF 8 October 23-25, 1992 Kathy Mar, Marie Schneider
OVFF 9 October 22-24, 1993 Duane Elms, Helen Parker, Zander Nyrond
OVFF 10 October 21-23, 1994 Juanita Coulson, Buck Coulson
OVFF 11 October 27-29, 1995 Steve Macdonald, George "Lan" Laskowski, Paul Macdonald & Catherine Macdonald
OVFF 12 October 25-27, 1996 Dave Clement, Ann Cecil, Nick Smith
OVFF 13 October 31-November 2, 1997 Bill Roper, Clif Flynt, Mary Ellen Wessels, Elaine Richards, Cat Faber
OVFF 14 October 9-11, 1998 Black Book Band, Solomon Davidoff, Cecilia Eng
OVFF 15 October 29-31, 1999 Tom Smith, Leslie Larkins, Mary Miller
OVFF 16 October 27-29, 2000 Talis Kimberley, Joy Parker, Lee Gold & Barry Gold
OVFF 17 October 26-28, 2001 Three Weird Sisters, Ed Jones, Terence Chua
OVFF 18 November 1-3, 2002 Heather Rose Jones, Dave Hayman, Rob Wynne
OVFF 19 October 24-26, 2003 Bill Roper, Kerry Gilley, Blake Hodgetts
OVFF 20 October 29-31, 2004 Ookla the Mok, Mary Frost Pierson, J. Elaine Richards, Heather Dale
OVFF 21 October 21-23, 2005 Frank Hayes, Terry Wolfe-Ellis, Eric Gerds
OVFF 22 October 20-22, 2006 Mary Crowell, Judi Miller, Tony Fabris
OVFF 23 October 26-28, 2007 Michael "Moonwulf" Longcor, Bob Passovoy, Anne Passovoy, Ellen 'Blade' McMicking
OVFF 24 October 24-26, 2008 Tim Walker, Annie Walker, Jan Di Masi, Sibylle Machat
OVFF 25 October 22-25, 2009 Duane Elms, Diana Gallagher, Margaret Middleton, Larry Warner, Mary Ellen Wessels, Interfilk Guest: Karen Anderson
OVFF 26 October 22-24, 2010 Urban Tapestry, Kathleen Sloan, The Bedlam Bards
OVFF 27 October 21-23, 2011 Jeff Bohnhoff, Maya Bohnhoff, Tim Miller, Cindy Turner
OVFF 28 October 26-28, 2012 Ju Honisch, Katy Dröge-Macdonald, Bill Henley, Blibbering Humdingers
OVFF 29 October 25-27, 2013 S. J. Tucker, Roberta Slocumb, Joe "Fax Paladin" Abbott, Betsy Tinney
OVFF 30 October 24-26, 2014 "Decadent" Dave Clement, Howard Scrimgeour, Debs and Errol, Copy Red Leader
OVFF 31 October 23-25, 2015 Heather Dale, Ben Deschamps, Trace Hagemann, Alexa Klettner
OVFF 32 November 4-6, 2016 Vixy & Tony, Ed Chamberlain, Kay Shapero
OVFF 33 October 20-22, 2017 Seanan McGuire, Harold Feld, Mike Briggs
OVFF 34 October 19-21, 2018 Cheshire Moon, Rob Wynne, Harold Stein, Interfilk Guest: Julia West
OVFF 35 October 19-21, 2019 Playing Rapunzel, Teresa Gunderson, \Dana Katz-Buchshtav, Rhiannon’s Lark
OVFF 36 October 23-25, 2020 Misbehavin’ Maidens, James Mahaffey, Dennis Palmer, Sharon Palmer, and Kaitlin Palmer
nOVFF October 2020 (virtual)
OVFF 37 October 2021 Misbehavin’ Maidens, James Mahaffey, Dennis Palmer, Sharon Palmer, and Kaitlin Palmer
OVFF 38 October 28-30, 2022 Beth Patterson, Spencer Love, Fred Capp, Robin Baylor
OVFF 39 October 27-29, 2023 Summer Russell, Mike Gucciard, Daniel Kelly, Leslie Hudson
OVFF 40 October 25-27, 2024 Pair O'Dice, Xap Esler, Heather Preston

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