Missouri’s Lebanon MEGA Con 2017 Cancelled One Month Before Event

Originally scheduled for March 31st-April 2nd, it appears that Lebanon, MO based Lebanon MEGA Con has unfortunately been cancelled. Organizers posted an official statement on the cancellation on both the official website and Facebook page yesterday:

It is with deep sadness and a heavy heart that we must announce that the Lebanon MEGA Con Scheduled for March 31st through April 2nd in Lebanon Missouri is cancelled.. Due to a variety of reasons, the organizer and the staff of the Lebanon MEGA Con have decided it best to cancel the event instead of trying to run the event with the potential of problems and individuals not getting what was promised. There has been many events in the past that failed to give what was promised and we would rather cancel the event than become one of those. I apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause and we hope you have a great year. If you were one of the pre-orders we will be refunding your ticket purchase here shortly.

The 2017 con would have been Lebanon MEGA Con’s second year, and it’s always sad when a con potentially goes under. Whether or not the convention will be back in 2018 remains up in the air right now.

The only upside I can see from this is that Lebanon MEGA Con isn’t the only con this spring in southern Missouri. Just a few weeks later Oz Con is scheduled to take place just two hours away in West Plains, MO from April 28-30. I was a guest at Oz Con 2015, and it’s a pretty solid event which should tide local geeks over for sure.

Update (3/2 5pm): From what we’re seeing, guests scheduled to appear at the convention and exhibitors were literally just informed with the exact same form letter above. We’ve confirmed this with one guest’s agent, and exhibitor David Faught has also posted it to Facebook.

We’ve also heard that the deposit had not been actually paid to the venue yet, the Cowan Civic Center, even though the con was just a month away. We’ve reached out to the Cowan Civic Center to confirm this, but haven’t received a response. We’ve also attempted to reach out to organizer Will Peden via Facebook, but haven’t heard back from him either.

Update (3/2 6:30pm): Peden responded to our request for comment, and stated that preregistered attendees will be refunded through Seetickets.us. Of course, that’s not many people, as Peden cited low registration numbers as one of the reasons the con was cancelled.

Trae Dorn

Trae Dorn has been staffing conventions for over twenty years, and is a co-founder of Wisconsin’s longest running Anime convention No Brand Con. Trae also wrote and drew the now completed webcomic UnCONventional, and produces the podcasts BS-Free Witchcraft, On This Day With Trae, Stormwood & Associates, and The Nerd & Tie Podcast. This leads many to ask when the hell they have time to actually do anything anymore. Trae says they have the time because they “do it all quite poorly.”

3 thoughts on “Missouri’s Lebanon MEGA Con 2017 Cancelled One Month Before Event

  • March 3, 2017 at 6:56 am

    I always find it amusing when cons refer to pre-registration as “pre-orders.” What do they call at-door registration? “Take-out?”

  • March 16, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    No only that he won’t refund any of his vendors and they are all filing complaints with the MO Attorney Generals office and some have contacted news stations.

    • March 16, 2017 at 9:55 pm

      I know that several vendors who paid through paypal have successfully gotten refunds


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