10th annual SoDak Con gives Rapid City economic boost

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There are so many things for people to do at SoDak Con.

We'll take a look at how the convention benefits not only nerdy fans, but Rapid City as a whole.

SoDak Con has been going 10 years strong in Rapid City, and its founder and executive director Shareece Tatum says she does it year after year because she loves the enthusiasm of the people who attend.

"The only reason that I've been doing this for 10 years is because of my passion for them and their passion," Shareece Tatum said, founder & executive director, SoDak Con.

Most of the convention's attendees are local, but they do have visitors from different parts of the country, bringing in revenue for hotels, restaurants, and gas stations.

"And then a lot of the times because it's a unique, nice fun tourism place, they will stay longer to check out Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, and things like that. That's where the economy helps them (Rapid City) there. Also, this convention, every vendor pays the sales tax in the state so the state and the city get a nice kickback also," Shareece Tatum said, founder & executive director, SoDak Con.

The con was nonstop activity from Artist Alley to the Dealers Room to cosplay competitions.

Jackson Fitch attended SoDak for the last four years.

This time he dressed up as Natsu from the anime Fairy Tail, and he loves it when people recognize his character.

"I love seeing other cosplayers, seeing what they do, how they do it, and just some of the crazy stuff they can do. Also just seeing fans, one of my favorite moments of cosplaying is when someone sees my cosplay and absolutely loves it," Jackson Fitch said, SoDak Con attendee.

Sky Whitaker dressed as Kirito from the anime Sword Art Online, and he's excited to see what SoDak has in store for his second year attending.

"It's just fun to be able to dress up as various different characters that we know and love and have a sensation of what it might be like for them (the character)," Sky Whitaker said, SoDak Con attendee.

The con also hosted several celebrity guest panels, including one with Dante Bosco who played Rufio in the movie Hook.

Tatum says she'd like to have more smaller events throughout the year to give geeks a home to be themselves more often.