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What makes Ken®vention fun? Event Themes!

We're offering two seated meal events and one reception, each with a different theme! Come captivating in steampunk couture, mesmeric in millinery, sultry in saloon-wear or just western suit yourself.  Dressing to the event themes is a fun way to get into the spirit of the convention, but is not required.

The Steamboat Gambler

 Welcome Reception

Thursday Evening

As the country began to spread west, steam power and specifically the steamboat played a major role in the development.  As Cities passed ordinances against gambling houses in towns, gamblers moved to the unregulated waters of the Mississippi aboard these steamboats. The acceptance of gambling aboard steamboats reflected the temper of the times and the wild frontier in which it gained acceptance.


Come to our casino night as a professional Southern Gambler or Southern Belle dressed in your steampunk finery wagering high stakes against the luxurious background of the riverboat social rooms. Be one of the many passengers, from one of the entertainers or showgirls on board to the wealthy cotton brokers, millionaire merchants from New Orleans or affluent farmers and land speculators living the adventurous life. All using their creativity and imagination with all things steampunk and just waiting to be unexpectedly fleeced by the gambler.


Attendees will be Voting for Best Male and Female Costumes.

  Make sure your fashions have deep pockets, because we will be presenting some wonderful items for bid in the Silent Auction!


The Showdown In Carson City Dinner Event

Friday Evening

Be transported into the wild and wooly past of the American Wild West, its history and legends of cowboys, western cowgirls and pioneer women of the west, guns, the Pony Express Mail Delivery, famous outlaws and lawmen and the exciting Gunfights

Decidedly more western themed night but feel free to add a steampunk flair. Think your favorite TV Cowboy westerns, Gunsmoke, Big Valley, Bonanza, Maverick and of course Wild Wild West. The American west frontier featured all sorts of people from pioneers and scouts to lawmen, outlaws, gangs and gunfighters to cowboy and cowgirls. In the saloons you’d find such customers as fur trappers, cowboys, soldiers, gold prospectors and miners, gamblers and of course dancing girls.


The Great Steam Locomotive Dinner Event

Saturday Evening

Steampunk embraces the evolution of steam powered machinery and nothing epitomizes that more than the steam powered locomotive. The Locomotive changed the country as it allowed people access to the wild wild west.

Celebrate the imagination and enter a world of science fiction and fantasy set in the American “Wild West” and 19th century Victorian era. Imagine what western life would have been like if the modern technologies of our century had been achieved by the people of the 19th century all by employing steam power and ingenuity. Dress in your most fanciful outfit, not necessarily strictly Western or Victorian, but a variation including technological gadgets and gears or hints of a more advanced life than a typical Old West or Victorian citizen likely enjoyed.




April 28 Sponsor donations requested

May 15 Beginning post mark date for Table Host Sign-Up Forms (International Conventioneers)

May 22 Beginning post mark date for Table Host Sign-Up Forms (USA Conventioneers)

May 25 Last day to cancel registration and receive a partial refund

NEW July 31 Pre-Order Souvenir Form Due

August 30 Advance Raffle Ticket Purchase Form Due

August 30 Last day to enter Competition

September 1 Email deadline to participate in Sales Floor

September 1 Table Host Table Guest Sign-Up Forms Due

September 11 Last day to make hotel reservations at the Convention rate

September 15 Volunteer Sign-Up Forms Due

September 15 Workshop Registration Forms Due

September 25 Raffle Donation Forms Due

September 25 Silent Auction Donation Forms Due

October 6-8 2016 Ken®vention – Ken Carson's Wild Wild West!


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