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Kee Con 2018

The Cherokee Public Library and Cherokee Community School District are joining forces to bring you Kee Con 2018! Come join us for a fun time for the whole family including video games, Smash Bros. tournaments, free comics, costume contest, escape rooms, trivia and more. If you have questions, talk to Zach or Tyler at the library or Briana White at the high school.

WHS, Library to host ‘KeeCon’ Saturday

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Kee Con Planning
Among those participating in Saturday’s ‘KeeCon” at WHS include, standing, left to right, Dylan Hamilton, Cael Driggs, Zach Freking-Smith, Rodrigo Rivera, Thad Booth. Front, Briana White, Courtney Aden.
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The final preparations are underway for the first annual “KeeCon”, billed as a mini ComicCon, a celebration of pop culture.

KeeCon is the result of a collaboration between the Cherokee School District and the Cherokee Public Library. The library hosted a similar event last year and had a very good response so Library Director Zach Freking-Smith and WHS English teacher Briana White joined forces to work with a team of students to plan this year's bigger and better event. This is not the first time the library and the school district have worked together; an after-school book club was formed this year. Planning for KeeCon started last September.

KeeCon, an all-day event, will be held on Saturday, May 12 at Washington High School in Cherokee. It is geared towards all ages. There is no charge to attend as this fun day is being sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Cherokee School District.

The day's activities will include trivia contests (Star Wars and Harry Potter are two of the topics), craft tables that will feature created puppets of Yoda or a BB-8 Droid, making superhero masks and escape rooms designed by Tyler Hahn, Library Youth Director.

There will be a Super Smash Brothers tournament and a Gamer Brigade featuring various video games and board games including “Settlers of Catan” and “Ticket to Ride.”

Every comic con must have featured speakers and KeeCon is no exception. At noon and again at 2 p.m., members of the 501st Empirial Division of the Galactic Republic will participate in a panel discussion telling audience members what it takes to become a soldier for the Republic. At 1 p.m., author Terry Fisk will present “The History of Comic Books”.

Storytelling will be held during the event with childrens' books based on superheroes and pop culture being read. Although this will be aimed at entertaining children ages 2-7, Freking-Smith feels that adults will also enjoy these stories.

The day of fun will end with a costume contest. There will be adult and kids divisions. Anyone wearing a pop culture related costume is encouraged to compete. Prizes will be awarded for each division.

KeeCon planning has taken place every Friday after school this year. Students, who Freking-Smith says were the planning team's “greatest assets,” met with their advisors to plan the entire event and they are looking forward to providing all who attend with the finest entertainment any comic con could offer.

And they hope that KeeCon will become an annual event!

 

Originally Published in Chronicle Times May 9, 2018.

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