What time does the convention start?
Registration opens at 3:00 PM (15:00) on Friday May 2, 2003 on the second floor of the
Hotel Fort Des Moines. The Opening ceremonies start at 7:00 PM (19:00), but we will have
various activities starting around 3:00 PM (15:00), so show up early for maximum fun.
What is "Opening Ceremonies" ?
Opening Ceremonies is the official kick-off for the convention. The Guests
of Honor will be introduced, along with other attending guests and the
convention steering committee (ConCom). This is followed by a performance
by the Trans-Iowa Canal Company West (tm), an amateur theater troupe
specializing in science fiction oriented comedy.
Do I have to wear a costume? Can I wear one anyway?
You do not have to wear a costume to enjoy DemiCon. Just show up as
yourself and join the fun. Some people will choose to wear costumes, and
they will run the range from fun festive party clothing, to the bug-eyed
monster of the week. You may even see Klingons, vampires, pirates,
superheroes, renaissance costumes and whatever else our creative attendees
Are there costume contests?
Yes! There are 2 costume contests at DemiCon; the Hall Costume contest on
Friday night, and the Formal Masquerade on Saturday night. Please review
the rules for these events. You cannot wear the same costume for both
Are there activities for all ages?
Most of the activities and events at DemiCon are suitable for all ages.
Some special activities will be scheduled for children and also for the
"youth" segment of the population- those who haven't quite reached legal
voting age. A separate "youth" oriented area will be set aside for both
organized and self directed activities. Activities for specific age groups
will be labeled on the event schedule.
What about "adult" themed events?
DemiCon offers a wide range of programming choices. If content of a program
or event is intended for "mature audiences only", it will be clearly
Does DemiCon provide daycare?
No, DemiCon does not provide any daycare.
What about parking at the Hotel Fort Des Moines?
There is plenty of on-street and ramp parking near the hotel. The parking
ramp does charge a nominal fee on Friday, but is free on both Saturday and
Sunday. On-street parking is metered and is free after 6:00 PM (18:00) on Friday and
for the rest of the weekend.
Do I have to stay at the Hotel Fort Des Moines to attend DemiCon?
Of course not! You may come and go as you please from the convention. You
are free to stay or not stay anywhere you choose including but not limited
to your home, your car, a castle, a dragon's lair, an alternate dimension,
or a hobbit hole.
What happens at DemiCon?
DemiCon has many activies both planned and unplanned. The planned activities tend to involve entertainment, discussions, and workshops.
The entertainment ranges from video to live theater to live musical performance. The discussions range from old and new issues
in literature to what to expect from the new television seasons. Workshop topics vary year to year and can cover projects involving:
writing, costuming, gaming, theater, music, programming, and art.
The unplanned activities vary year to year, but generally seem to involve a lot of talking to old friends, making new friends,
playing games, and exploring new places to eat lunch, supper, dinner, late dinner, later dinner, latest dinner, and desert.
For specific information, please refer to our programming page.
Who is there that I would want to see?
We have many guests, usually they fall into the following categories:
Guests of Honor - These people are chosen by the members of DMSFS as people that we particularly
wish to honor for their achievements
Other Guests - Other guests are more than welcome at DemiCon. They tend to be people who are professionals in a field that
directly effects the science fiction and fantasy genres. They tend to be authors, artists, and musicians, though this list is by
no means exhaustive.
Author Guest of Honor
This person is a professional author of novels, novellas, or short stories. They come to discuss their published and forthcoming
works, to discuss issues in literature and in publishing, meet their fans, sign some books, and to generally have fun at the
Artist Guest of Honor
This person is an artist who supplies their work to the science fiction and fantasy community (often in the form of prints,
book covers, posters, comic books, or magazines). They come to discuss
their work, issues in creating and marketing art, meet their fans, distribute their work, and to generally have fun at the
Fan Guest of Honor
This person is someone who has been attending conventions for some time and has given a lot to the science fiction community.
They come to have fun and help other people have fun in the process.
This person is the poor sap that we make get up on stage and talk to everyone. They are also known as the Master of Ceremonies.
Oh, and they are also very good at keeping things running properly, a lot of fun to have around, and add a lot to the convention
For more information, please refer our guests page.
What is the cost to attend DemiCon?
Adults: $50.00 at the door.
$30.00 for one day.
Children 5-12, $15.00 with paid adult. under 5, free.
Gee, that seems like a lot of money. Can you explain ?
The convention begins on Friday May 2, 2003 and runs straight through, 24
hours a day, till 3:00 PM (15:00) Sunday May 4. The cost actually works out to around
$1.00 an hour for a whole bunch of fun and entertainment and includes