Anime, Clown Conventions Coming to The Region

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The first Ramencon took place in 2011 in northwest Indiana. The first Ramencon took place in 2011 in northwest Indiana.

Two conventions with colorful themes are expected to bring thousands of attendees to Merrillville this month. Organizers of Ramencon, which focuses on Japanese-style cartoon art, and the Midwest Clown Association's 42nd Roundup anticipate the events to attract visitors from throughout Indiana and surrounding states.

The three-day Ramencon will return to the Radisson Hotel Star Plaza for the fourth time September 18. It will include artist panels, vendors, special guests and meet-and-greets. Convention officials expect to draw nearly 2,500 attendees this year. Ramencon Chair Chris Kaemerer says  "we wanted to bring Ramencon to northwest Indiana to make a cost effective convention that actually cares about its attendees." You can find out more about the event by clicking here.

The Midwest Clown Association event involves professionals and hobbyists from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. It is organized by three local organizations: Calumet Clowns from Hammond, Funnybone Clowns from Crown Point and Michiana Clowns from Michigan City. The convention runs from September 29 through October 4. It will include skills classes, competitions and lecturers. You can connect to more information by clicking here.

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