Rivercon

Rivercon was held in Louisville, KY from 1975 to 2000. It was originally started as a DeepSouthCon and grew into an annual convention and later spawned the Nasfic by running NorthAmeriCon in 1979. Cliff Amos, Steve & Sue Francis and Bob Roehm were the founding fans. A regular feature of the convention was a cruise on the riverboat, The Belle of Louisville, and the tradition developed of asking the guest artist to do art for the program book cover featuring the Belle.

Read Bob Roehm's 20th anniversary history of Rivercon.

RiverCon gave out two named awards, the Pegasus Award, given to each year's GoHs, and the Ming Award, given to the masquerade winner.

In 2014, a one day gaming/comic book convention in South Bend, IN began using the name River-Con.

Convention Dates GoHs
Rivercon I August 25-27, 1975 Philip Jose Farmer, Buck and Juanita Coulson
Rivercon II July 30-August 1, 1976 Poul Anderson, Jodie Offutt
Rivercon III July 29-31, 1977 Larry Niven, Sandra Miesel
Rivercon IV July 28-30, 1978 Robert Bloch, Ned Brooks
Rivercon V August 1-3, 1980 Roger Zelazny, Lou Tabakow
Rivercon VI July 24-26, 1981 Jack Williamson, Mike Resnick, Carol Resnick
Rivercon VII July 23-25, 1982 Gordon R. Dickson, Dave Kyle
Rivercon VIII July 15-17, 1983 L. Sprague de Camp, Catherine de Camp, Rusty Hevelin
Rivercon IX July 20-22, 1989 Andrew Offutt, Don Eastlake, Jill Eastlake
Rivercon X July 26-28, 1985 George R. R. Martin, John Millard
Rivercon XI July 25-27, 1986 C. J. Cherryh, Dick Lynch, Nicki Lynch
Rivercon XII July 31-August 2, 1987 Bob Shaw, Ken Moore
Rivercon XIII July 29-31, 1988 Kelly Freas, Samanda b Jeude
Rivercon XIV July 28-30, 1989 Jack Chalker, Dick Spelman
Rivercon XV August 3-5, 1990 Mike Resnick, George 'Lan' Laskowski
Rivercon XVI August 2-4, 1991 Lois McMaster Bujold, Leslie Turek, Debbie Hughes
Rivercon XVII July 31-August 2, 1992 Mercedes Lackey, Laurie Mann, Doug Chaffee
Rivercon XVIII August 6-8, 1993 Joe Haldeman, Jane Dennis, Scott Dennis, Vincent Di Fate
Rivercon XIX July 29-31, 1994 Forrest J Ackerman, Verna Smith Trestrail, Paul Lehr
Rivercon XX September 1-4, 1995 Philip Jose Farmer Robert Coulson, Juanita Coulson
Rivercon XXI August 9-11, 1996 Nancy kress, Annette Carrico, Darryl Elliott, Jack Williamson
Rivercon XXII July 18-20 1997 Terry Bisson, Larry Elmore, Barry Childs-Helton, Sally Childs-Helton
Rivercon XXIII July 31 - August 2, 1998 Harry Turtledove, Kevin Ward, Julee Johnson-Tate, Chris Tate
Rivercon XXIV July 30 - August 1, 1999 Esther M. Friesner, Pat Sims, Roger Sims, Gary M. Williams
Rivercon XXV July 28-30, 2000 All former guests

RiverCon was officially shut down after a big bash at Rivercon XXV. Rivercon achieved the rare distinction for a convention of shutting down voluntarily while still healthy.


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