Costumes and camaraderie abound at Con-Nichiwa - Tucson News Now

Costumes and camaraderie abound at Con-Nichiwa

Convention goers enjoy the atmosphere in or out of costume. Convention goers enjoy the atmosphere in or out of costume.
  • Most ReadMost ReadMore>>

  • Charlotte International is latest nonstop service for Tucson

    Charlotte International is latest nonstop service for Tucson

    Monday, November 20 2017 10:38 PM EST2017-11-21 03:38:10 GMT
    (Source: Tucson News Now)(Source: Tucson News Now)

    The announcement from airport staff on Monday, November 20, follows similar news less than a week earlier for service to Austin, Texas. 

    The announcement from airport staff on Monday, November 20, follows similar news less than a week earlier for service to Austin, Texas. 

  • Less-than-stellar ranking stuns Tucson veterans

    Less-than-stellar ranking stuns Tucson veterans

    Monday, November 20 2017 10:45 PM EST2017-11-21 03:45:21 GMT
    (Source: Tucson News Now)(Source: Tucson News Now)

    "If I was going to die some place, that appreciates veterans, it would be Tucson, Arizona," said Army Veteran Duke Snyder. "They're going to bury me in this desert. I love this place."

    "If I was going to die some place, that appreciates veterans, it would be Tucson, Arizona," said Army Veteran Duke Snyder. "They're going to bury me in this desert. I love this place."

  • KOLD Investigates: Big rig danger

    KOLD Investigates: Big rig danger

    Monday, November 20 2017 11:53 PM EST2017-11-21 04:53:52 GMT

    KOLD investigates the dangers surrounding one of our nation's most popular professions.

    KOLD investigates the dangers surrounding one of our nation's most popular professions.

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

If you're searching for an alternative to the frenzy of March Madness this weekend, a growing convention in downtown Tucson could offer just what you're after.

Con-Nichiwa is in its fifth year and has grown so large that it has moved into the Tucson Convention Center. This year's convention runs from Friday morning til Sunday evening.

Thomas Hendrikx made the trip from Glendale. He and his friends said conventions like this are a great way to make new friends and build lasting relationships.

"It's just fun to go around in a costume and meet people," he said. "Everybody is so friendly and approachable."

Greg Fennell owns several conventions around the southwest, including Con-Nichiwa. He said Friday that more than 15% of people who signed up for the event are from out of state.

"All the communities that are here together just to have a blast," said Fennell. "If you don't want to dress up, it's still a great place to come people watch"

And the people watching inside the convention is not free. A weekend pass is $50 at the door. A day pass will cost you $35 for Saturday and $30 on Sunday at the door. Prices are $5 cheaper if purchased before you arrive.

Copyright 2014 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.

  • Local newsMore>>

  • AAA Arizona offers Tipsy Tow for Thanksgiving

    AAA Arizona offers Tipsy Tow for Thanksgiving

    Tuesday, December 23 2014 1:25 PM EST2014-12-23 18:25:08 GMT
    Tuesday, November 21 2017 12:09 AM EST2017-11-21 05:09:07 GMT
    (Source: AAA Arizona)(Source: AAA Arizona)

    AAA Arizona is offering its "Tipsy Tow" services for Thanksgiving. Here's how it works. 

    AAA Arizona is offering its "Tipsy Tow" services for Thanksgiving. Here's how it works. 

  • KOLD Investigates: Big rig danger

    KOLD Investigates: Big rig danger

    Monday, November 20 2017 11:53 PM EST2017-11-21 04:53:52 GMT

    KOLD investigates the dangers surrounding one of our nation's most popular professions.

    KOLD investigates the dangers surrounding one of our nation's most popular professions.

  • TPD, TFD create PSAs to combat pedestrian deaths

    TPD, TFD create PSAs to combat pedestrian deaths

    Monday, November 20 2017 11:15 PM EST2017-11-21 04:15:50 GMT
    Tucson police and fire create public service announcements. (Source: Tucson Fire Department Facebook)Tucson police and fire create public service announcements. (Source: Tucson Fire Department Facebook)

    The PSAs are in response the spike in pedestrians deaths in Tucson in 2017. So far this year, 24 people have been killed crossing Tucson's streets. In 2016, it was 11.

    The PSAs are in response the spike in pedestrians deaths in Tucson in 2017. So far this year, 24 people have been killed crossing Tucson's streets. In 2016, it was 11.

Powered by Frankly