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Sogen Con
Status Defunct
Genre Anime
Venue Sioux Falls Convention Center
Location Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Country United States
First held 2005
Organizer Otaku Incorporated

Sogen Con was an annual three-day anime convention held during the summer months at the Sioux Falls Convention Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It was originally based in Minnesota until moving before the 2007 convention. The name of the convention is based from the Japanese word for prairie, sogen.

Programming

The convention features artists, dances, dealers, panel discussions, Q&A sessions, video games, voice actors, and workshops.

History

In 2011, Sogen Con started a Kickstarter with the goal of raising $15,000 to cover the costs of the convention. The issues stemmed from the organizers (Otaku Incorporated) involvement in two less successful contentions, KakkoiCon and Minneapolis Anime Convention (M.A.C), which had financial and staff issues. The convention was able to successfully raise the money in two weeks.

Event history

Dates Location Atten. Guests
May 20–22, 2005 Southwest Minnesota State University
Marshall, Minnesota
Christine Auten, Greg Ayres, Johnny Yong Bosch, Luci Christian, Michael Coleman, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Tiffany Grant, Kumiko Kato, Wendee Lee, Vic Mignogna, Scott Ramsoomair, Monica Rial, Carrie Savage, Stephanie Sheh, and Travis Willingham.
May 19–21, 2006 Southwest Minnesota State University
Marshall, Minnesota
Greg Ayres, Laura Bailey, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Caitlin Glass, and Mike McFarland.
October 5–7, 2007 Sheraton Sioux Falls & Convention Center
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, Johnny Yong Bosch, Michael Coleman, Eyeshine, Crispin Freeman, Tiffany Grant, Kyle Hebert, Taliesin Jaffe, Jan Scott-Frazier, Richard Townsend, and Shannon Townsend.
September 26–28, 2008 Sheraton Sioux Falls & Convention Center
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, Jessica Boone, Tiffany Grant, Matt Greenfield, Jan Scott-Frazier, Richard Townsend, and Shannon Townsend.
August 7–9, 2009 Sheraton Sioux Falls & Convention Center
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, Fredd Gorham, Josh Grelle, Carli Mosier, Samantha R. Sangster, Tiger Rock Tae Kwon Do Dojo, Richard Townsend, and Shannon Townsend.
July 23-25, 2010 Sheraton Sioux Falls & Convention Center
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, Josh Grelle, Cynthia Martinez, Carli Mosier, Tiger Rock Tae Kwon Do Dojo, Richard Townsend, and Shannon Townsend.
August 12-14, 2011 Sheraton Sioux Falls & Convention Center
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Christopher Ayres and Richard Townsend.
July 20-22, 2012 Sheraton Sioux Falls & Convention Center
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Christopher Ayres, Nick Landis, Carli Mosier, and SWEK.
August 30 - September 1, 2013 Sioux Falls Convention Center
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Genius Pi, James Hatton, and Ryan Reynolds.

Coordinates: 43°33′45″N 96°44′54″W / 43.56260°N 96.74847°W / 43.56260; -96.74847

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