BYOc Hutchinson 2018

(Bring Your Own convention)

A casual gathering of friends
including some members of the Dawn Patrol
February 16 - 18,

Atrium hotel and Conference Center
1400 N. Lorraine St.
Hutchinson, KS 67501
(620) 669-9311


No membership fee (donations welcome)

Questions? Call Charley McCue at 620 663-3799 or email him at

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2018 is the 10th year of BYOc, once called BYOCon, which was founded on the memories on some Dawn Patrol gathering in Hutchinson. It is a small gathering of fen and friends - old and soon-to-be-acquainted  It's a gathering of people with roots in fandom. That sounds like a convention, but this is even less formal than most relaxacons.

This is not to be confused with the old BYOB-Con that launched ConQuesT.

Is there programming?

That's up to the people who participate, hence the BYO suggestion. The only thing committed so far is Fanavoires group meals on Friday and Saturday nights. Please let Charlie know in advance if you think you will be joining the group for supper.

Is there a dealers room? 

No, but there is no objection to anyone offering anything (legal) for sale.


That's up to you. There will be tables in the atrium and in the Con Suite.

Formalized discussions?

If you're coming and we can find like minded participants, why not. Bring suggestions.

Movies? Media programs?

Bring your VHS or DVD player and solicit some interest or choices ahead of time.

Outside activities?

First of all, there is the famous Cosmosphere & Space Museum just a few blocks away. With an IMAX dome theater, planetarium, and vast museum containing the 2nd largest collection of US space artifacts in the world and the largest collection of Russian space artifacts outside of Russia, you can spend the day and not see everything. I highly recommend Dr. Goddard's Lab! And ask Charlie about the Space Camps and the Future Astronaut Training Programs! Among the exhibits of this Smithsonian affiliate are the recovered Mercury capsule "Liberty Bell 7" from the ocean floor and the actual Apollo 13 Command Module, "Odyssey." 

The Kansas Underground Salt Museum is just a couple of miles away and 650 feet underground.

Food ranges from home cooked Mennonite fare at the "Carriage Crossing" to Chinese to Mexican, with standard chains like Applebee's and Chili's, as well as the offbeat like "Roy's Hickory Pit BBQ."

The "Con Suite" is the "Celebration Suite" at the Grand Prairie Hotel. It will be open by 3pm Friday and will remain open except for late night until Sunday evening. This will serve as a social nexus, main programming, and kickback room. Since we're not charging admission or membership fees, we're not budgeted for "Con Suite Food & Drinks," but there is usually plenty of snacks.  BYO.

But what if I don't know anybody? 

The whole point to this is to get to know people better. Old and new.

The Basic Rules and Boilerplate Disclaimer: people are responsible for themselves. There is no Con Comm, no official contract with the hotel, no attendance fee (aside from any love offering you might want to make toward peripheral expenses, if any). We're just some friends getting together for the weekend and expect that you won't engage in anything illegal, dangerous, or overly obnoxious.

Copyright 2004-2021 by Keith Stokes.