Minicon is a science fiction and fantasy convention in Minneapolis usually held on Easter weekend. Started in 1968 and running approximately annually since then, it is one of the oldest science fiction conventions in the midwest United States. It is run by the Minnesota Science Fiction Society, a non-profit organization that is "dedicated to furthering the appreciation of science fiction and fantasy literature".
The first Minicon was held on 6 January 1968 in Coffman Union at the University Of Minnesota and had approximately 60 attendees. In all subsequent years it was held in area hotels. Attendance grew fairly steadily for many years, culminating in a series of conventions that drew over 3000 people and used as many as 4 hotels. However, in 1999, Minicon downscaled dramatically due to a feeling among some organizers that it had strayed too far from its roots and had become unmanageable. Recent Minicons have had between 400 and 700 attendees.
Around the time that Minicon reduced its size, some other conventions sprang up in the area, including CONvergence and MarsCon.
Minicon should not be confused with MinnCon, a dark fantasy/horror convention founded in 1971 by fans living in St. Paul,
Minnesota. MinnCon changed its name to Arcana in 1988 to
avoid confusion but many area fans still refer to the convention by its older name.
Minicon 32 was the last time this convention had a Science Fiction And Fantasy Masquerade.
Minicon 32 was held from Friday, March 28th, 1997 to Sunday, March 30th, 1997 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Due to copyright infringement, all of the Master Of Ceremony's video footage has been removed and the audio footage modified on all of our Minicon 32 DVDs.