About Central Oregon Cosplay Convention
Central Oregon Cosplay Convention, or Central Oregon CosCon for short, is a one day event located at Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center. We are an all inclusive, family friendly fan-based cosplay convention that welcomes all sorts of genres from anime and comic books to podcasts and TV shows.
Cosplay isn't our only focus as we host a variety of vendors, artists, and fun events like our cosplay contest or fan-panels.
Meet Our Mascot: Chako!
Chako is Central Oregon CosCon's mascot. Chako (茶子) translates to "tea child" in Japanese. They represent the fun-loving spirit of the convention as well as the spirit of Central Oregon.
Chako not only loves the great outdoors but also to sit down with a hot cup of earl gray and a good book to read. You can also find them nerding out over superhero movies and figurines of his favorite characters.
They're also very friendly and will help a friend or complete stranger find their way to Central Oregon CosCon. If you need a helping hand you can always rely on Chako!
About Our Venue: Deschutes County Fairgrounds & Expo Center
"The Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center is a 132-acre site located in Redmond, Oregon. It is placed strategically at the hub of the tri-county area (Deschutes, Jefferson, Crook Counties) together known as Central Oregon. It is 15-minutes from Bend, the largest city; 20-minutes from Prineville; 20-minutes from Sisters; 25-minutes from Madras; and 5-minutes from Redmond. "
Central Oregon CosCon is honored to be working with the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center to bring an amazing convention experience to our attendees. On October 10th our convention will be held in the South Sisters hall located to the right of the main Expo Center gates measuring 9,416 square feet. Surrounding the South Sister are three breakout rooms, Ochoco, Haystack and Odell, that can be configured in a variety of set-ups from a 19’x29’ area to a 19’x69’ setting.
Venue Rules & Regulations
In order to provide a long-lasting experience for our attendees we, as a convention and as attendees, must abide by the rules and regulations our venue has put forth. This is to ensure a smooth and safely ran event. By attending our event you are responsible for abiding by these rules and regulations.
If you have any questions on the rules and regulations provided below by our venue then please do not hesitate to contact the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center. You can reach their staff in the Administration Building, just to the left of the Welcome Gate. Our office is open Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. , closed on County holidays. Or you can call the office directly at 541-548-2711.
For everyone’s safety all guests and their personal possessions are subject to an inspection prior to admittance into the fairgrounds.
Dogs & Pets
The only animals allowed on the grounds are those that align with the ADA’s service animal classification for animals specifically trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Animals whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA and are therefore not allowed on the grounds.
Is Smoking Allowed?
The Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center is a tobacco free facility.
What Can I Bring Through The Gate?
Each person is allowed to bring one sealed or empty water bottle (no glass). NO outside food or beverages are allowed into the Fair or arena/concert venues. Exceptions include bottle/sippy cups for small children or those who have special medical dietary needs.
What Items Are NOT Allowed?
Fireworks, sparklers, throwing toys including balls and frisbees, laser pointers, tents, play pens, high-profile or standard height lawn chairs, coolers, large musical instruments, large bags, weapons including pocket knives and illegal drugs. We are a tobacco free and smoke free facility.
Cosplay Props Regulation
Props such as guns, knives, and swords or of similar likeness are not allowed within the venue. Props such as wands, staffs, gauntlets, and "portal guns" (Portal2) are permitted within the venue as long as attendees use common sense and do not use their props in a violented or unsafe manor.
Where are ATM's Located?
There are 4 locations for ATMs:
Bank of the Cascades Center
Middle Sister Building
Where Is The Lost And Found?
All lost and found is located at the Police headquarters located on the North side of the Bank of the Cascades Center.
Get Involved! Apply To Volunteer
Central Oregon Cosplay Convention 2021 is looking for volunteers from the Central Oregon community to lend us a helping hand!