Vandalia-Con is a steampunk convention with all proceeds going to breast and cervical cancer screening, diagnostic, and treatment resources in WV. It’s second ye will be once again in Parkersburg at the Historic Blennerhasset Hotel from May 22nd-24th.
Expect to see the Miner’s Lament Saloon and Red Eye Auction on Friday night, Chari-Tea Dueling Tournament and Airship Regalia on Saturday, and costume contest on Sunday. Panels and classes on seances, archaeology, costuming, gaming, manners, science lab for kids, writing, sneak peek movie screening of Hollow, Johnny Appleseed reneactor, late night stories with Mr. Cat, and several more. They have off-site guided tours of the Historic Smoote Theater, the Oil and Gas Museum, two historic Victorian homes on Julia-Ann Square, and a self-guided tour of Blennerhassett Island.
They have music guests Spence’s Rye and Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings. Other guests include performer Professor Bubblemaker, performance troupe the Pirate Crew of the Dead Rabbit, Clark Street Carnival, vaudeville sideshow Karnevil, and steampunk artist and author Thomas Wileford aka Lord Featherstone.
There will be vendors of jewelry, clothing, photography, belts, bustles, knitting, and various steampunk artisans.
On Sunday they will be holding their Vandalia-Con Pink Block Party again for free and open to all at Point Park Farmer’s Market. A parade will be leaving the Blennerhassett Hotel at 1:30pm and will head to the farmer’s market. Vendors from the con and the market will both be set up to buy from. There will be musical performances, Professor Bubblemaker’s Bubble Magic and Medicine Show, and a health fair with mammograms screening on site from 10am-4pm.
Weekend passes to the con are $50, Silver Passes are $75, and $100 for a Gold Pass. Day passes are $20. Children 12 and under receive a 50% discount with an adult purchase.
If you can not make it out or afford the con, you still donate to the cause on their site.