The people behind the sci-fi convention Visioncon are wishing people will live long and prosper, but they won’t be doing it together this year in downtown Springfield.
The convention, scheduled for May 1st through 3rd at the University Plaza and Springfield Convention Center, made the cancellation announcement Sunday.
“It has been a difficult decision to come to, but after extensive talks with the University Plaza and local authorities, we feel it is in everyone’s best interest to not proceed with the regularly scheduled event,” Visioncon President Brandon Shane posted Sunday on Facebook. “There are still too many unknowns at this point and it doesn’t look like we will have firm answers soon enough for our final preparations.”
The group said they hope to be able to reschedule an event later in 2020, but that they will definitely have an event in the Spring of 2021.
The non-profit group behind the event says the cancellation of the convention will put “a huge strain” on them for the future. As a result, they are not offering refunds to vendors but are giving them a choice of space at a rescheduled 2020 event or the 2021 convention.
Shane thanked the staff of the event for their hard work as part of his cancellation announcement.
“They have given so much of their time and probably a bit of their sanity just to bring us to this point,” Shane wrote. “We are all volunteers here and our only real reward is seeing all that hard work come together each year.”