Late in the day Saturday, March 14 the Iowa Department of Public Health confirmed community spread of COVID-19 in Iowa. At the time of this announcement they also asked that event organizers begin to act on their contingency plans and to not hold gatherings of 250 or more people.
Health and safety are always foremost on our mind. While we are still a little over six weeks away from DemiCon weekend we have made the difficult decision to no longer hold an in person DemiCon 31.
Many people have put a lot of time and hard work into programming and costuming. We are looking into the logistics of holding an abbreviated, all online convention. Expect more information in the next days and weeks.
We also recognize that many small businesses and artists depend on conventions for a substantial portion of their annual income and they are being especially impacted by this and other cancellations. We are working on ways to support our artist and dealers.
For our attendees, we will transfer all convention memberships to DemiCon 32 where we will return with a bigger and better convention than ever before. If you would like a refund instead, please use the below form and we will refund the cost of your convention membership.
All conventions have upfront costs associated with them. If you would like to support our organization and our mission, we are accepting donations. As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization any donation you make is tax deductible. You can make donations through our Square site (https://dmsffs.square.site/) or by sending a check to Des Moines Science Fiction and Fantasy Society, PO Box 7572, Des Moines, IA 50323-7572. You can also use the below form to convert your membership into a one-time donation instead of transferring it to DemiCon 32.
The hotel will not be automatically cancelling reservations. If you made a reservation, please contact the Holiday Inn Northwest at (515) 278-4755 to cancel.
We will miss seeing all of you May 1-3 but encourage everyone to join us for our other events and gatherings throughout the year. The Des Moines Science Fiction and Fantasy Society meets every month on the second and fourth Friday.
In addition, we host mini convention-like events on Labor Day weekend and around New Years. Both of those events are free to attend.
Finally, we also have our DemiCon Lite events throughout the year that center around workshops and other educational topics.
For more information join us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/DMSFFS/) or check our website (https://dmsffs.org). If you have any questions or concerns, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.