Rising Star is a sci-fi convention held on the campus of Bluefield State College in Bluefield. It is a small and very relaxed style convention that covers many different fandoms. This year’s event is on October 25th through the 26th.
Guests at this year’s con are Kim Headlee (Arthurian author), Ashley Holohan (furry artist), Mark and Amanda Davis (artists), Seth Banner (artist), Chris Impink and Barb Fischer (webcomic), Laura Lin (paranormal author), Dan Delby (comics), Paul Dellinger (UFO writer), Consortium 499 (musician), Pure Steam (steampunk gaming), the Bluefield State College Robotics Team, Strange AEON LARP, Black Diamond Paranormal Society, Sisters of Salem (paranormal group), Chris Dehart (make up artist), White Plectrum (filker), Abingdom Historical Combat, and the biggest start of all (read: full of flaming gas) myself.
Things to do and see at the con include an art show and auction, makeup demos, table top gaming, tournaments by Rare Hunters, dealers, art demos, video game tourneys by Game Stop, charity auction, dance party, fighting demos, LARPing, My Little Pony meetup, film fest, anime room, costume call, photo ops, music concerts, and various panels. I will be holding a panel on “Nerd Music” and joining the panel on Doctor Who. Food will be available on site for purchase.
Passes to the con are only $5. Students and staff of Bluefield State College get in free with a BSC ID. This is something for fans who like small events and are more into events with substance instead of flashing events.