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Yama-Con
Status Active
Genre Anime, Japanese culture
Venue LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge
Location Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Country United States
First held 2012
Attendance 2,600 in 2014
Official website http://www.yamacon.org/

Yama-Con is an annual three-day anime convention with multigenre elements held during November/December at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Yama-Con's name comes from the Japanese word for mountain, "Yama."

Programming

The convention typically offers an Artists' Alley, ball, concerts, costume contests, dances, exhibits, game rooms, gaming tournaments, karaoke, Maid/Butler Cafe, replicas, vendor space, and workshops. The 2015 and 2016 charity auction benefited Pets Without Parents, and in 2015 raised $2,800.

History

The first event at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in 2012 was held in December due to the month having few other conventions. Yama-Con used hotel rooms for their Video Gaming areas and tents for event space in 2013. Complaints occurred due to the use of tents in the cold and wet weather. The convention moved to the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge in 2014 due to outgrowing its old space. Yama-Con located its programming for adults 18 and up at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in 2016. Yama-Con 2020 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Event history

Dates Location Atten. Guests
December 8-9, 2012 Smoky Mountain Convention Center
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
1,215 Johnny Yong Bosch, Jo Envel, Eyeshine, James "Doodle" Lyle, The Man Power, Hushicho Phoenix, Scott West, Robert Axelrod, Divided We Stand, Larry Mainland, Jim O'Rear, Paul St. Peter, Hushicho Phoenix, Mark Poole, Andy Price, and Sonya Thompson.
December 6-8, 2013 Smoky Mountain Convention Center
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
1,725 Manda Bear, Martin Billany, Johnny Yong Bosch, Dr3amland, Jo Envel, Eyeshine, Gavin Goszka, James "Doodle" Lyle, Larry Mainland, The Man Power, Mike McFarland, Jim O'Rear, Project: Leviathan, Sean Schemmel, Paul St. Peter, Sonny Strait, Sonya Thompson, Scott West, Greg Wicker, Cosplay Kasterborous, Tom Nguyen, and Jamie Tyndall.
December 5-7, 2014 LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
2,600 Patricia Alice Albrecht, Linda Ballantyne, Martin Billany, Johnny Yong Bosch, Stephanie Celeste, Chalk Twins, Lucien Dodge, Eyeshine, Katie Griffin, Erik Hodson, Kazha, Laugh Out Loud, James "Doodle" Lyle, Larry Mainland, Shawn McCauley, Erica Mendez, Tom Nguyen, PikaFreakRachel, Toby Proctor, Susan Roman, Stephen J. Semones, Sonya Thompson, Vedetta Marie, Scott West, and Greg Wicker.
December 4-6, 2015 LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Johnny Yong Bosch, Chalk Twins, Cosplay, Inc., Eyeshine, Chuck Huber, James "Doodle" Lyle, Shawn McCauley, PikaFreakRachel, Chris Sabat, Stephen J. Semones, Ian Sinclair, The Slants, Paul St. Peter, Eric Vale, and Scott West.
December 2-4, 2016 LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Robert Axelrod, Johnny Yong Bosch, Chalk Twins, Charlet Chung, Eyeshine, Barbara Goodson, Kyle Hebert, James "Doodle" Lyle, Larry Mainland, Professor Shyguy, Stephen J. Semones, Seraphina, Paul St. Peter, Eric Stuart, Sonya Thompson, David Vincent, Vitamin H Productions, and Scott West.
December 1-3, 2017 LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Johnny Yong Bosch, Chalk Twins, Leah Clark, Cosplay, Inc., Cynthia Cranz, Eyeshine, Ghostbusters, Aki Glancy, Todd Haberkorn, Haiden Hazard, Chuck Huber, Kazha, James "Doodle" Lyle, Larry Mainland, Shawn McCauley, PikaFreakRachel, Derek Stephen Prince, Professor Shyguy, Stephen J. Semones, Paul St. Peter, Sonya Thompson, Vitamin H Productions, Vocamerica, and Scott West.
November 30 - December 2, 2018 LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Johnny Yong Bosch, Cherami Leigh, Larry Mainland, Josh Martin, Vic Mignogna, Bryce Papenbrook, Professor Shyguy, Chris Rager, Paul St. Peter, Tokyo Attack!, and Vitamin H Productions.
December 6-9, 2019 LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Morgan Berry, Beau Billingslea, Steve Blum, Johnny Yong Bosch, Caitlin Glass, Wendee Lee, Paul St. Peter, J. Michael Tatum, and Christopher Wehkamp.

Coordinates: 35°47′51.3″N 83°33′43″W / 35.797583°N 83.56194°W / 35.797583; -83.56194

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