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Ice and fire con

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Ice and Fire Con
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StatusActive
GenreA Song of Ice and Fire / Game of Thrones
VenueDeer Creek Lodge & Conference Center
Location(s)Mt. Sterling, OH
CountryUnited States
Inaugurated2013
Organized bySaga Event Planning, LLC
Filing statusNon-profit
Websitehttp://www.iceandfirecon.com/

Ice and Fire Con (sometimes A Con of Ice and Fire or A Convention of Ice and Fire) is a North American convention held annually in Mount Sterling, Ohio that celebrates George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy book series, as well as HBO's Game of Thrones television adaptation.

History[edit]

Past conventions[edit]

Ice and Fire Con 2013 was announced in 2012 and held April 26–28, 2013 at Ravenwood Castle in New Plymouth, Ohio.[1] Guests included A Podcast of Ice and Fire. Programming included a "Flea Bottom" Fete, a weekend-long mock election, costume and gaming contests, a medieval-themed mock tourney, Gatherings themed after specific geographic regions and noble houses from the series for photoshoots and discussion, karaoke and assorted panels.[2][3]

Ice and Fire Con 2014 was held May 16–18 at Ravenwood Castle in New Plymouth, Ohio. Guests included A Podcast of Ice and Fire and the Tower of the Hand. New programming included a "Snark & Grumpkin" Hunt, a Feast of Winterfell and a trivia contest.[4]

Ice and Fire Con 2015 was held May 15–17 at Ravenwood Castle in New Plymouth, Ohio. Guests included A Podcast of Ice and Fire. New programming included a weekend-long "Faceless Man" competition.[5][6]

Ice and Fire Con 2016 was held April 22–24 at Mountain Lake Lodge in Pembroke, Virginia. Guests included A Podcast of Ice and Fire. New programming included a stage combat class, a bonfire gathering, and a performance contest.[7][8][9]

Ice and Fire Con 2017 was held April 28–30 at Mountain Lake Lodge in Pembroke, Virginia. Guests included A Podcast of Ice and Fire, ASOIAF University, History of Westeros, and the Manimals. A dealer's room was added, as well as photo opportunities with a raven. New programming included a concert performed by Brooklyn-based post-glam punk band The Manimals featuring tracks from their Song of Ice and Fire concept album, SEVEN. Attendance was approximately 180 people.[10][11][12]

Ice and Fire Con 2018 was held April 26–29 at Deer Creek Lodge & Conference Center in Mt. Sterling, Ohio. The theme was Direwolves & Dragons: Wild and Woolly Westeros. Guests included A Podcast of Ice and Fire, ASOIAF University, History of Westeros, and Radio Westeros. New programming included photoshoots with ambassador animals from Ironwood Wolves, a Free Folk Jamboree, a mock trial, and the premiere performance of the musical parody Westeros: An American Musical. Attendance was approximately 240 people.[13][14][15][16]

Programming and traditions[edit]

Tournament Melee at Ice and Fire Con 2018.
Discussion Panel at Ice and Fire Con 2018.

The convention's programming has included a Tourney of Champions since 2013, featuring "LARP"-based duels, melees, jousts, and archery contests. Other annual activities include a weekend-long live action Assassin-style game themed after the series' Faceless Men characters, a board game tournament, and a "Flea Bottom Fete" dance party, among others. A mock election has been held each year since 2013 allowing attendees to campaign for and vote for characters from A Song of Ice and Fire. A donation-based voting format was incorporated beginning in 2017, with all proceeds going to Santa Fe's Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, a favorite charity of Martin.[17][18]

Upcoming conventions[edit]

Ice and Fire Con 2019 will be held April 25–28 at Deer Creek Lodge & Conference Center in Mt. Sterling, Ohio. On July 3, 2018, it was announced that Westeros: An American Musical would return to Ice and Fire Con in 2019 with a revamped Act I and all-new Act II.[19]

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2016, FanSided named Ice and Fire Con as one of the top ten nerdiest vacation destinations.[20]

In 2017, NowThis News praised Ice and Fire Con in its "Game of Thrones - A Community of Ice and Fire" coverage for the event's "more intimate gathering that's more party than press conference", favorably comparing the Ice and Fire Con to the fan conventions Martin himself attended in the 1970s and 1980s as a fan and built the friendships that served him throughout his career.[21]

References[edit]

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  2. "Ice & Fire Con 2013 Schedule". web.archive.org. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  3. "Episode 107: Ice and Fire Convention 2013". podcastoficeandfire.com. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  4. "Ice & Fire Con 2014 Schedule". web.archive.org. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  5. "Ice & Fire Con 2015 Schedule". facebook.com. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  6. "Quoth the Raven". ravenwoodcastle.com. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  7. "Ice & Fire Con 2016 Schedule". iceandfirecon.com. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  8. "The newest Game of Thrones convention". thegeekiary.com. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  9. "'Game of Thrones' Fan Convention: The Pictures You Need to See". heavy.com. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  10. "Ice & Fire Con 2017 Schedule". iceandfirecon.com. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  11. "Ice & Fire Con 2017". tumblr.com. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  12. "Ice & Fire Con". blueridgetravel.org. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  13. "Ice & Fire Con 2018 Schedule". iceandfirecon.com. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  14. "Ice & Fire Con Announcement". radiowesteros.com. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  15. "Ice & Fire Con Conference". 10times.com. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  16. "Con or Bust - Helping Fans of Color Attend SFF Cons". con-or-bust.org. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  17. "Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary: Westeros Pack". wildspiritwolfsanctuary.org. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  18. "Mock Election Ice and Fire Con 2017 Style!". iceandfirecon.com. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  19. "Westeros:An American Musical". facebook.com. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  20. "Game of Thrones Fans: Ice and Fire Con is Coming April 22nd -24th". winteriscoming.net. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  21. "Game of Thrones - A Community of Ice and Fire". youtube.com. Retrieved 31 July 2018.

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