The Final Countdown – LCTC ’16
by: Jennifer Phares
LEXINGTON – Six days and counting are all that remain until the 2016 Lexington Comic & Toy Convention. As of this past Friday – ticket sales have succeeded with 5,000 sold. It shouldn’t come as a surprise given how amazing this convention is. Once again, it will be held at the famous, 130,00 square foot Lexington Convention Center. With close to a hundred media guests and comic creators; not to mention the multitude of vendors – this convention is one of the LARGEST yet.
Here is what you need to know when you go:
- Get there early! The saying is the early bird catches the worm. We will not be alone on convention weekend as there’s another event taking place at the adjacent Rupp Arena. Parking is free before 8:00 AM ish directly across from the convention center. For more information, visit http://www.lexingtoncenter.com/plan-your-visit/parking .
- A majority of the restaurants within the convention center do not open early so, if you are like me and happen to arrive there at the crack of dawn…grab a bite to eat before arriving. There are around five or six restaurants inside and a variety of tasty eateries within walking distance.
- Take a backpack with you to keep everything in – keys, wallet, rain poncho, camera, etc.
- Water, water, water! Even though it’s technically still winter, a.k.a not summer and inside – you will be doing a lot of walking. Fear not however, there will be onsite medical personnel should you need them. Having worked with them before, they are some of the best.
- The best days to get autographs are either on Friday or Sunday. Should you decide that Saturday will be the day – get there early to be the first in line.
- This should go without saying but please, be courteous and respectful to everyone there. Our amazing law enforcement officers will be present for the duration of the convention as well as security.
- Number seven ties in with number six – to get a good seat for a panel you want to arrive early. Sunday is going to be the MAIN event because of the Dr. Who panel and the Buffy the Vampire panel. Thankfully, both will be held in the same ballroom. A detailed schedule can be seen in the link to follow.
- Bring cash! Even though most of the vendors accept major credit cards – it’s always wise to carry some money on you. Last year, every ATM at the convention center ran out of cash.
- Last but not least… have FUN!
There’s still plenty of time to buy your tickets – online sales will close Wednesday, March 9th.
Two Day Membership: $37.50 plus a $1.93 Fee
Saturday Only Membership: $28.00 plus a $1.69 Fee
Sunday Only Membership: $18.50 plus a $1.45 Fee.
Children’s (10 and under) Ticket: Free with a paying adult.
Two additional ticket types are available:
Jason David Frank VIP Meet & Greet (Friday) – $75.00 plus a $2.87 Fee
James Marsters Concert – General Seating (Friday Night) – $20.00 plus a $1.49 Fee.
And as always, don’t forget to check out the official Lexington Comic & Toy Convention’s Facebook and Twitter account. Hope to see you there!