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SiouxperCon 2017: The Sioux Empire Strikes Back
Fri, May 12, 2017, 6:00 PM – Sun, May 14, 2017, 5:00 PM CDT
Please note that SiouxperCon is free for anyone 10 years of age and under with adult supervision. SiouxperCon is a fan convention celebrating several mediums: including comic books, anime, board games, video games, science fiction, and fantasy. A non-profit event, SiouxperCon is dedicated to promoting literacy and valuable life skills in an inclusive and friendly environment. Net proceeds from the convention will benefit REACH Literacy and the JY6 Foundation.
SiouxperCon 2017 runs Friday, May 12th through Sunday, May 14th at the Best Western Plus Ramkota Hotel in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The convention kicks off with a video game tournament, Siouxper Brawl, on Friday, May 12th. Panels, vendor booths, and Artist Alley will be open on Saturday, May 13th and Sunday, May 14th. Featured guests include comic book creators Bill Willingham, Ken Levin, Gordon Purcell, Tom Nguyen, Erik Burnham, and Sean E. Williams. More guest announcements to come!
SiouxperCon has quickly grown into one of the most anticipated annual Siouxland nerd events. From its humble beginnings as a question posed on Facebook and after a very successful inaugural year, SiouxperCon returns to celebrate all nerdoms in a safe, educational, and inclusive environment. Brought to you by a group of local Customer Service professionals, SiouxperCon is your friendly, neighborhood fan convention. To learn more visit www.siouxpercon.com.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
SiouxperCon is a family friendly, all-ages event. Anyone 10 years of age and under is free to attend!
We do ask that you keep your lanyard and badge on and visible at all times. Children who are 10 years and under will not need a badge. Please keep in mind that while children under 10 are free to attend, any special events or privileges require that they have paid the applicable tier fee. Also, children must have adult supervision at all times. There will not be any "tag alongs" permitted.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
There is ample parking on the east side of the building.
By entering the convention, you agree to be photographed or video recorded by SiouxperCon staff and volunteers in the Convention areas, and understand that your image may be edited, copied, exhibited, published or distributed and waive the right to inspect or approve the finished product wherein your likeness appears. Additionally, you waive any right to royalties or other compensation arising or related to the use of your image or recording in relation to the event. The material may be used in diverse settings within an unrestricted geographic area and may be electronically displayed via the Internet or another public setting. There is no time limit on the validity of this disclosure, nor is there any geographic limitation on where these materials may be distributed.
If you wish to take a photo of another person, please ask the person or cosplayer for permission first.
Do not block hallways or public areas while taking photos. If you are taking a photo, please move to one side of the hallway against a wall, or move to another area.
There will be a photobooth at the event, and SiouxperCon invites you to take your pictures in that area.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
SiouxperCon encourages our attendees to enjoy wearing their costumes and gear. For the safety and enjoyment of everyone, please observe the following policies. Please note these rules apply to ALL ATTENDEES, whether or not you are wearing a costume.
Personal Interaction Policy
DO NOT touch another person, or his/her costume, without permission. Uninvited touching or grabbing will not be tolerated. Repeat violators will be ejected from the convention.
Be respectful of others. No harassment, catcalling, verbal abuse or stalking will be tolerated.
SiouxperCon is intended to be a safe space for all attendees, guests, and staff to come together and share. If you feel you are being harassed by any attendee, staff, guest, or member of the general public, please contact Security or convention staff and provide them with a description of the incident as well as the person, including what they wearing and the area it happened in. DO NOT engage in retaliation or in any way escalate the event.
You may not lead another person around with leashes, handcuffs, chains, ropes, etc.
Costume Coverage Policy
Costumes must be suitable for all audiences, as SiouxperCon is an all-ages convention. Laws of public decency apply — if you would not wear it to Rainbow Comics or Dragon’s Den, do not wear it at the con. If you aren’t sure, don’t.
Body paint is not a costume.
No nudity or adult-themed props are permitted.
Appropriate footwear is required at all times in the hotel and convention area. If your costume calls for bare feet, you may wear flip-flops or ballet slippers, but the soles of your feet should not come in contact with the floor.
Inline skates (i.e. Rollerblades), roller skates, Togo skates, sneaker skates (i.e. Heelys), and the like may not be worn or used in the convention area.
No fake blood that can smeared, squirted, dripped, sprayed or be otherwise transferred to another person or surface. This includes any type of dye, food coloring, or makeup.
Body makeup that easily smears or transfers to any person or property cannot not be worn. Please properly seal and set all makeup so that does not happen. Staff reserves the right to spot test for proper setting of blood or makeup.
You must have a clear line of sight, this includes peripheral vision. Being only able to see through a tiny eye slot does NOT constitute a clear line of sight. If this is unavoidable, cosplayer MUST have a handler at all times. Other cosplayer with masks or heads do not qualify as a handler.
SiouxperCon staff reserves the right to make final judgment calls on what is “decent”. If staff feels that your costume is indecent or inappropriate in any way, you will be asked to change or cover it.
ALL PROPS RESEMBLING WEAPONS must be inspected, “Peace Tied,” and approved by Staff and/or Security prior to being carried or displayed in public areas. If you are found to be in violation of this policy, you will be asked to take it back to your hotel room or vehicle. If there are continued violations with the same prop, your weapon will be confiscated and you may be ejected from the convention. The Ramkota has made clear that there will be no unholstered prop weapons allowed outside of the Amphitheater during the Cosplay Contest. All SiouxperCon attendees are expected to show the same respect to the venue and staff if asked to put props in their car or room.
ALL projectile weapons are prohibited.
Prop guns will be permitted, pending inspection by Security, only if they meet the following criteria:
They have no clips or moving parts
They have a non-removable orange safety tip
Remain Peace Tied at all times
No live steel (edged metal weapons) will be permitted. Bladed replica weapons must be made of a non-metal, non-sharp material, must be no more than 72 inches in length, and must be approved by Security.
Commercial weapon replicas purchased in the dealer room must remain peace-bonded/wrapped at all times, and must be taken directly to your hotel room or car after purchase. They may not be carried around the convention. If you are seen carrying a non-compliant weapon in convention areas, it will be confiscated and held by Security until the end of the convention.
If convention staff feel that your prop poses a risk to others, you will be asked to remove the item from public areas, or it may be confiscated.
Candles, fireworks, sparklers, liquid fuels or other fire hazards are strictly prohibited.
Please avoid loose materials such as sand, glitter, confetti, flower petals or other items that are designed to fall, scatter, or otherwise separate from your costume.
Please do not bring in props that too closely resemble drugs or alcohol.
Clothing and Signs Policy
Clothing or signs that display messages deemed to be inappropriate or offensive to others (including, but not limited to, explicit language, homophobic, sexually suggestive or racially offensive material) will not be permitted. Convention staff reserve the right to ask attendees to change or cover offensive clothing. Failure to comply will result in your badge being confiscated. SiouxperCon is an inclusive event and encourages diversity and respect.
For the safety of all please observe the following:
SiouxperCon Staff and Security will have the final approval on questionable props and weapons. However, SiouxperCon is subject to the venue’s policies and the judgement of the venue’s management. In the event that props are found to be threatening or disruptive to the general operation of the venue, the venue reserves the right to ban props or costumes from the premises.
If not approved, you will be asked to remove it from the convention premises. Attendees MUST take such items immediately to their hotel room or off convention property.
SiouxperCon Staff is not able to pre-approve weapons and props before the convention. A determination can only be made after actually handling and inspecting the object in question.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You can reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns!
You can also check out www.siouxpercon.com for further information.