EgoCon includes science, gaming and presenters
The EgoCon will be held at the Elizabeth Inn in Plover from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. March 12. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students with a photo ID and children accompanied by an adult.
This convention is unique to the area because it is volunteer based. The convention is smaller and friendlier than the larger conventions such as Comic-Con, held on a national level.
EgoCon was started and sponsored by the North Eastern Wisconsin Friends of the Doctor, but includes many other areas of science fiction, fantasy, gaming and science.
Paulette Imhoff, committee chair for EgoCon, said “It’s run for fans by fans.”
They also give back to the community with money earned during a charity auction at 1:30 p.m. The proceeds will go to Wisconsin Public Television and St. Paul Lutheran Church pantry. Included in this year’s auction is an adipose from “Doctor Who,” the popular television show. There will also be door prizes donated by various Stevens Point businesses.
EgoCon is a versatile convention where people love everything from science to science fiction to fantasy and are trying to get more people interested in the Civil War and history to come.
EgoCon has people who have been coming for years. Benjamin McDowell has been attending for at least seven years. He said he enjoys how small it is because it feels comfortable and he gets to see the same people year after year.
A little toy alien named Mason will be sitting on someone’s desk. Mason has become a mascot for EgoCon.
“He is an alien who crash landed in northern Wisconsin so to blend in he became a lumberjack. As a lumberjack he liked ‘Monty Python’ and he saw the Jayne show so now he wears a Jayne hat with his lumberjack outfit and he likes Doctor Who,” Imhoff said.
There are vendors covering more than just fandoms. Included are Book Isle Paperback; Heavenly Host Concert Productions which sells Doctor Who, jewelry and more; Kature Beauty which sells natural skin care products; and KC Twist who is a balloon twister.
This year a trivia contest will be included. A new question will be asked every 15 minutes running from 10 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Other games included are “SciFi Jeopardy,” “Cards Against Gallifrey,” “Settlers of Catan” and an oversized “Carcassonne.”
There will also be a contest to see who can find the most hidden Jayne hats without guessing too many. Throughout the past years the Jayne hat has become more prominent within EgoCon. “Firefly” was a well-liked show and so the hat was incorporated into the convention.
Dave Duca will again bring his full-sized Dalek. He will allow others to sit in it, and although it does travel around by itself, people will not be allowed a ride. There will also be a full-sized replica of K-9, a robot dog.
A discussion on bad movies which Imhoff said was a huge hit last year will come back again along with classes and presentations.
To incorporate crafting into the convention, Jill Storch will offer a class on making a keychain or zipper pull. Amanda Lecheler will teach a class how to make a Doctor Who scarf.
J.R. Turner and Peggy Mcdowell will present during this convention as well. Turner is an author of the “Stark Night” series and has a surprise for those who attend. McDowell will do tarot card readings, and participants will be able to receive a souvenir matted print of their reading.