Con Nooga returns to the Chattanooga Convention Center

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Sci-Fi, Anime Convention hosts hundreds of pop culture enthusiasts

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) — Chattanooga went back to being Con Nooga, as hundreds of friends and families gathered inside to enjoy a day filled with plenty of events, amazing cosplays, and above all, fun.

Convention fan Kent Keleman Jr. was glad to be back.

“Everyone is so welcoming,” Keleman Jr. said. “You see so many different costumes and you see so many different environments and stuff like that. You’ve got everyone from the anime convention, we’ve got the furry fandom here. It’s so great to see the creative minds you see here at Con Nooga.

This year, Con Nooga celebrated its “Lucky 13” anniversary, marking the thirteenth year of the event celebrating all things pop culture.

No matter where visitors come to Chattanooga, Tennessee, or even out of state, Con Nooga has opened its doors to everyone, welcoming people from all walks of life to join in on the weekend.

“You feel welcome no matter what turn you take,” said Koda, one of the many furries in attendance. “We are all different people. Some of us work in factories, hospitals, office jobs, and it’s our weekend to come and just be who we want to be or spend a different kind of time and really express our interests in a unique way.

A return to normal filled the convention hall.

And it has not been neglected.

Con Nooga prides itself on being Chattanooga’s Con for all things fun.

But this year in particular, it was also a Con for usability.

Together, this was exactly where you could find Troy and Jessica Thompson, a married couple who cosplayed in Star Trek costume running their spaceship deck simulator à la Con.

“This particular game is about getting together with people,” Thompson said. “The tagline is ‘turn your living room into a spaceship deck.’ need to wear a mask, but at least the same room is communicating and enjoying each other’s company. It’s been huge to get back in there. It was awesome.

The convention runs until 4 a.m. Saturday morning and will resume with 9:30 a.m. pre-registration.

Tickets are $60 for the rest of the weekend, $50 for Saturday, and $10 for Sunday.

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