The convention will take place over two days beginning the afternoon of Saturday, August 24th with a pre-meet event (details TBA) followed by a Grand Gala Event from 7-11pm with contests, prizes, hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and dancing. An evening of frivolity and socializing with our favorite dolls in the style of the Great Gatsby.
Continuing on Sunday, August 25th from 11am-5pm, attendees will enjoy shopping at their favorite vendor booths, make and takes, lunch, group photos, and demonstrations.
The convention theme is The Modern Jazz Age: a celebration of the new Roaring 20s! The Great Gatsby (by F. Scott Fitzgerald) will provide influence for our convention theme (lavish parties, flapper girls, and zoot suits too!). To celebrate Minneapolis’ own beloved Prince (the musician), the doll for BlytheCon Minneapolis will be purple-haired Blythes. Don’t forget your Raspberry Berets! We hope the theme and doll choice will provide lots of inspiration for the coming convention!
Christin Davies & Steve the Tiny Blue T(rex) -Hosts
Stephen Egts Segtsy.com -Graphics
Special Thanks to Helpers:
Michelle Marks and Andrew Davies
We are very excited about the vendors who will be attending the convention. Here is the current list of vendors. More will be added as they complete the application process.
If you still wish to apply, we are taking names for wait list. Please email us using the contact link at the bottom of the page.
BlytheCon Minneapolis will be held at the Hilton Minneapolis/St Paul Airport Mall of America
3800 American Boulevard East Bloomington, MN 55425
The hotel is near the Mall of America and is across the street from the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge with over 8 miles of trails and wonderful wildlife views. The hotel is also conveniently located about one block away from the Metro Transit light-rail with routes connecting to the airport and downtown Minneapolis and St Paul.
Attendees who stay at the hotel can take advantage of free shuttle service to and from the airport terminals and Mall of America.
A special block of rooms has been reserved for the first 50 attendees who book with a rate of $139.00 per night. While you are not required to stay at the Hilton, it is highly encouraged, as it will make your event experience easier since all the official convention events will be held at the hotel.
NOTE: The Hotel will not take reservations for the event until September 2018. An official announcement and code will be given at that time. It is possible that the block of rooms could be extended if there is enough interest. More details will be announced in early September.
Aside from going to the Mall of America, August 24th and 25th is the opening weekend of the Minnesota State Fair held in St Paul, often referred to as the “Great Minnesota Get-Together”. The annual Minnesota State Fair is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region, attracting nearly 2 million guests annually. The Fair runs through Labor Day. https://www.mnstatefair.org/
You can take a tour of Paisley Park Studios, Prince’s extraordinary private estate and production complex in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Fans have the unprecedented opportunity to experience first-hand what it was like for Prince to create, produce, and perform inside this private sanctuary and remarkable production complex.
Throughout the experience, visitors will see artifacts from Prince’s personal archives, including iconic concert wardrobe, awards, musical instruments, artwork, motorcycles, rare music, and video recordings.
Located 23 minutes away by Lyft or cab service from the Hotel.
It is also the first weekend of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, considered the 2nd largest Ren Fest in the nation. King Henry and his royal court invite one and all to his 16th Century European village featuring 16 stages of live entertainment. Over 250 artisans fill the Festival marketplace to display and sell their handcrafted wares for a truly unique shopping experience. Patrons can interact with hundreds of memorable characters roaming the village streets as well as view live armored jousting throughout the day. Open Saturday and Sunday from 9am-6pm. http://www.renaissancefest.
Why is this being done over two days?
While most BlytheCons are normally held as a one day main event and an afternoon pre-meet the day before, we thought it would be fun to have things spread out over several parts and days. This way, vendors can join the fun and we all can have more time to socialize and see the dolls we love so much. We hope you will enjoy this relaxed pace.
What is the Gala?
The Gala is the big event of the entire convention — apart from shopping the vendor booths of course! At the Gala, we will be holding the contests and awarding prizes/donations on a stage so that everyone can see and hear while sitting comfortably at their table. We will be serving hors d’oeuvres (vegan/gf too!) and drinks as you listen to songs old and new, surrounded by decor fitting of the Great Gatsby’s parties. Our DJ, Party Hits Music, has a reputation for a swinging dance floor, so bring your dance shoes as we will dance the night away. Goodie bags will also be given out at the Gala event, so this is the part of the convention you definitely do NOT want to miss.
Do I need to dress up for the Gala?
We definitely would LOVE it if everyone would get into the spirit of the theme and dress up. Flapper dresses, drop waist dresses, cloches, fascinators, zoot suits, fedoras, and the like. It creates a fun atmosphere and helps us to really feel that we are attending one of the notorious Great Gatsby’s parties. We do understand that not everyone will enjoy dressing up. We are happy to have you join us no matter what you wear. (as long as it is legal!) We just want you to join us have fun.
Is the registration fee reduced for children? Are children allowed to attend?
There is no reduced registration available for children. Because alcohol will be served, no one under the age of 21 may attend the main Gala Event of the convention. However, children may attend the Saturday afternoon pre-meet and the Sunday event of the convention without registering. We are sorry, but there are no exceptions to this. Please be aware when registering, as no one under 21 will be admitted to the Gala and a valid photo ID will be required.
What is the registration cap?
Full attendance is capped at 275 attendees. This number includes our volunteers and vendors.
Can I donate and where do I send my donations?
We definitely would love you to donate to our goodie bags and prizes. We need 272 items total for the goodie bags. We thank you for considering us! Please use the contact page to inquire for the address to ship your donation to.
Do I need to stay at the Hilton Minneapolis/St Paul Airport Mall of America Hotel?
No. We do have to meet a minimum number of hotel rooms booked in order to keep our price on our venue space and it is certainly easier to attend the events if you don’t have to take a taxi back and forth. We think this hotel, which was recently fully renovated, is really beautiful and clean. It has free shuttle service to and from the airport (both terminals) and Mall of America. It is also on the Metro Transit Light Rail line that can take you directly to downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. We hope you will find the hotel to your liking and to be the most convenient place to stay during your time at BlytheCon.
Are the organizers making a profit from the event?
Every effort will be made to spend as much money on the convention event (decor, food, beverages, prizes) as is possible. It is possible that some deposit money will not be returned to the organizers until after the event, and in that case, if the organizer cannot use their own money to cover those deposits, then those funds would be used to make a donation.
What happens to any money left over after the convention?
All funds in excess of the cost of running the convention will be donated to the Minnesota Wildlife Refuge.