Fandomfest announces new Louisville location for 2017 sci-fi convention
Fandomfest will take place from July 28 to July 30.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A popular Louisville convention will have a new home this year ... and just in time.
Fandomfest is one of the largest science fiction and pop culture events in the region, and it just secured a convention location only days before it’s set to begin.
This year's convention will take place at the Jefferson Mall at the site of the former Macy's store, according to a release issued Monday.
Last year, the event was held at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center but a contract could not be reached between the parties.
Festival promoters said it all came down to the cost of parking. Parking at the mall is free while parking at the fairgrounds costs $8 per car.
“Being in a bigger space, larger square footage, especially having better access to food vendors, is certainly going to be a benefit,” said Buddy Wheeler, who owns Charlie’s Tattoo, one of the nearly 200 vendors at this year’s convention.
A spokesperson for the Kentucky Exposition Center released a statement to WDRB News, saying, “The Kentucky State Fair Board does not have a contract with Fandomfest to hold the event at the Kentucky Exposition Center this year. While we have hosted this event in previous years, currently we do not have a contract in place with the promoters."
Reaction on Facebook was mixed, ranging from surprise to the new location to optimism the event could be better than ever.
Either way, it will certainly have more space.
The former Jefferson Mall Macy’s has 150,000 square feet on two floors. Organizers said it now has more to offer fans, more room for celebrity meet-and-greets and is easier for the nearly 200 vendors.
“The load-in and load-out was more difficult just because of the way the loading docks are structured," Wheeler said. "$8 to park every time you drive onto property is always an issues as well."
Weird Al Yankovic and pro wrestler Sting are scheduled to appear at this year's convention. Other guests will include actors from several popular movies and television shows, including "Stranger Things," "Beverly Hills 90210," animated classic "Beauty and the Beast," "Scream" and "This is Us."
“In the end, we just couldn’t come to terms with some different changes that were happening at the fairgrounds," event promoter Myra Daniels said. "We had an opportunity that was presented to us, and we jumped on it."
Fandomfest 2017 runs from July 28 through July 30. Nearly 30,000 people are expected to attend.
For more information about the 2017 Fandomfest, click here.
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