Costumes and camaraderie abound at Con-Nichiwa

Convention goers enjoy the atmosphere in or out of costume.
Convention goers enjoy the atmosphere in or out of costume.

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - If you're searching for an alternative to the frenzy of March Madness this weekend, a growing convention in downtown Tucson could offer just what you're after.

Con-Nichiwa is in its fifth year and has grown so large that it has moved into the Tucson Convention Center. This year's convention runs from Friday morning til Sunday evening.

Thomas Hendrikx made the trip from Glendale. He and his friends said conventions like this are a great way to make new friends and build lasting relationships.

"It's just fun to go around in a costume and meet people," he said. "Everybody is so friendly and approachable."

Greg Fennell owns several conventions around the southwest, including Con-Nichiwa. He said Friday that more than 15% of people who signed up for the event are from out of state.

"All the communities that are here together just to have a blast," said Fennell. "If you don't want to dress up, it's still a great place to come people watch"

And the people watching inside the convention is not free. A weekend pass is $50 at the door. A day pass will cost you $35 for Saturday and $30 on Sunday at the door. Prices are $5 cheaper if purchased before you arrive.

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