BELL COUNTY, Texas — One of Central Texas’s biggest events is back and better than ever with a promise to have something for everyone.
"It’s pop culture, it’s collectibles, it’s nostalgia, it’s celebrity meet and greets, it’s artists that you can and buy their art and they’ll sign it right there for you. It has really and truly grown into a something for everyone convention,” said Rob Brandenburg, spokesperson for Bell County Comic Con.
It's a massive event and one of several that the Expo Center couldn’t host two years ago when COVID-19 spread rapidly through Central Texas.
”We’re in the live event business and a lot of that stuff shut down," said Tim Stephens, executive director of Bell County Expo Center. "We were actually closed in April and May of 2020."
That meant canceling many of their major events including the Bell County Comic Con.
” This event draws 20,000 to 30,000 people to our area and not just from our area, outside of our area as well,” said Stephens. “So, it’s very important and not just for our building and people in this area but, it’s also an economic generator.”
It wouldn’t be until September of 2021 that the Expo Center would operate above 50 percent again and now, they’re back in full swing.
”Based on the numbers we’re seeing and the events we’ve done this past year, we’re back to 100 percent," said Stephens. "We're having big crowds and we’re having a very good year this year."
Bell County Comic Con is happening this Saturday and Sunday; the Expo Center has a long list of events and shows on the calendar.
”I think it’s one of the biggest events, if not the biggest event, at the Expo Center and it’s grown to be the 4th largest comic convention in Texas,” said Brandenburg.