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CyPhaCon set for April 4-6 in Lake Charles

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LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) -

CyPhaCon 2014 will be held Friday-Sunday, April 4-6 on the second and third floors of the Lake Charles Civic Center. The convention will focus on various anime, science fiction and gaming characters, programs and genres.

Events will be held from 5 p.m. to midnight on Friday, 8 a.m. to midnight on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. A venue map is available HERE.

Pre-registration is available HERE. Admission is $10 on Friday, $30 on Saturday or $15 on Sunday for adults and $10 on all days for children ages 7-13. Children ages 6 and under get in free.

Organizers say that last year, the event drew about 1,000 fans. This year, organizers estimate about 1,500 people will attend -- some from as far as Kentucky, Illinois and Georgia.

"After our 2013 event, and our record attendance, we had to make a change. We previously used the second floor for our first two events in 2011 and 2012, but as with all growing events, you have to keep moving, and we made the decision to get both the second and third floors for 2014," said Garrett Manuel, Guest Relations Director for the convention.

"We are incredibly excited about our lineup of celebrities this year at CyPhaCon," Manuel added.

Featured guests at the event will include actress Kandyse McClure, who plays Lt. Anastasia "Dee" Dualla in "Battlestar Galactica;" voice actor Tiffany Grant, who plays Asuka in "Neon Genesis: Evangelion;" writer/voice actor Chuck Huber, who plays Garlic Jr. and Android 17 in "Dragon Ball Z;" and writer/producer Diana Botsford, who has worked on "Star Trek: The Next Generation."

Participating organizations include the following: the 501st Legion, the Rebel Legion, Red Stick Rebellion, Starfleet International groups (U.S.S. Lafitte, U.S.S. New Orleans and U.S.S. Corsair), Whedonverse and Hunter's Den.

This year's events will include a League of Legends tournament, a Magic the Gathering Tournament, a Mechcorps Mechpods display, CyPhaKids children's activities, a cosplay contest, anime film showings, fan group presentations and panels, and a charity auction benefiting Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana.

"We are (also) planning a wide variety of activities for kids of all ages,"  Manuel said. "Our CyPhaKids events are designed to entertain and educate while engaging young minds in the aspects of art and crafts, reading and science-based activities."

For a list of participating vendors, click HERE. For a list of convention policies, click HERE.

"CyPhaCon has always been a convention for the fans, by the fans. Our lineup reflects this philosophy," Manuel said. "As with every year, our event is put on our tireless staff of volunteers. Our staff does not get paid one cent for the work we do. One thing that makes our group so special is the team work and care we put into CyPhaCon each and every year. There really is nothing like the feeling you have when you see all your hard work coming together. It's a labor of love."

For more information, visit http://www.cyphacon.org/ or http://www.facebook.com/CyPhaCon.

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