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MarsCon 2008 - our tenth year!

Gretings From MarsCon!

MarsCon is an annual science fiction & fantasy convention sponsored by FenSF, Inc., and run completely by volunteers.We will be celebrating our tenth annual MarsCon at the Holiday Inn Select in Bloomington, Minnesota, on the weekend of February 29-March 2, 2008. Our theme is "Press Start to Continue," and our Guests of Honor include:

For the latest news, read on and check out our web site for frequent updates as the convention approaches.

New Event - Masquerade Ball:

Seize another opportunity to wear your Halloween costume, Fest costume, or a past con costume! Join us for the first annual MarsCon Masquerade Ball.

When: Saturday, November 3, 2007, 6:00-10:00 p.m.
Where: Holiday Inn Select, Bloomington, Minnesota
How Much: $10 from a ConCom member or $10 + small fee online

See web site for more details. After our Masquerade Ball, SF Minnesota will be hosting "Classic Horror Films" until a little past midnight in Room 310. Admission is free, but please RSVP to Eric at 612-721-5959. See you there!

Rate Increase / Save By Registering Now:

The MarsCon pre-registration rates increase on 10/31/07. Save your dough for Dealers Room and Art Show by registering now. Current rates are $35 for adults, $15 for children (ages 6-12). Our Registration page may be found here.

Annual Programming Ideas Harvest:

Please post your brilliant programming ideas for MarsCon 2008 on our web site.

Booking A Room Or Hosting A Party:

To reserve a sleeping room for MarsCon 2008, call 952-854-9000 or 1-800-HOLIDAY, and make sure to mention "MarsCon" in order to get the reduced rate. The room rates will be the same as last year, $89 + tax for a regular room and $99 + tax for suites. Parties will be grouped together on the 13th floor, close to the Con Suite and Krushenko's. Smoking parties will be on 12th floor. See for more hotel details. Our party room request form may be found here.

Gaming Needs YOU!

Do you like to run games? LARPS? Miniatures? Collectible card games? Role-playing games? LAN? Now is your chance. We are looking for some volunteers to run games at MarsCon. Gaming will be happening all day and all night throughout the convention weekend. There will be scheduled games and tournaments, as well as open gaming. So warm up those dice and let us know what you’d like to see and how you might be able to help out. Thank you, game masters, volunteers and players!

Next Planning Meeting:

MarsCon does not just happen - your hard working convention committee meets regularly through the year scheming ... er, 'planning' ... next year's con. Anyone who has an interest in what will occur at MarsCon is welcome to attend these meetings, and attending is a great way to influence what will happen at the con. All meetings are at the Holiday Inn Select, 3 Appletree Square, Bloomington, MN. Look at the hotel events schedule once you arrive at the Holiday Inn to see which room they've saved for us on that date.

Our next meeting will take place on Sunday, October 21st, 1-4pm. We will be voting for our 2008 designated charity and brainstorming programming ideas, among other things. Join us!

MarsCon: Press Start to Continue
Celebrating Ten Years!
Feb. 29 - March 2, 2008
Holiday Inn Select, Bloomington, MN

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Thanks once more to volunteers! We could not possibly do this without you! More volunteers are always welcome & needed!

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