Decongestant 5

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It's the fall 2020 2021(?) convention from minn-stf! If COVID has died down, Decongestant 5 will be on a fall weekend to be determined in 2021, most likely at the Hilton Bloomington, 3900 American Blvd W. We will decide if it can be held in 2021 by mid-summer or so. If 2021 is not a good idea, we plan to hold Decongestant 5 in 2022.


If you are already registered, we will hold your registration until next year (or the year after). If you'd prefer a refund, we can do that too.

What's Decongestant 5 going to be like?

Decongestant 5 is a small science fiction and fantasy convention geared primarily towards relaxation. There will be good food, music, gaming, a teen room, a bit of programming, and whatever else you bring to it. If you were at any of the earlier Decongestants, say 4, you can expect pretty much the same thing.

This year, for the second time, we are partnering with ARCANA, a convention "Celebrating the Weird, the Macabre & the Dark Fantastic". In addition to our usual 3/4 track of fallcon programming, we will also have a track of ARCANA panels and movies.

Hotel/room reservations

To be determined, although our intent is to use the same hotel as the previous Decongestants.


We have one, or possibly a bit more than one, track of fairly light programming and films which will give you something structured to do if you want that. We don't exclude the possibility of heavy programming if there's interest in that.

Contact us if you'd like to schedule something.

Teen Room

There will probably be a teen-run teen room! To be determined!

Child Friendly

Decongestant is family and child-friendly, so please bring yours! However, we don't have child care or specific children's programming (we're just not big enough for that).


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There will be a dedicated gaming room available 24h during the convention.


There will be space available for musicians after programming ends all three days.



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There will be a consuite. For the uninitiated, this is a room with snacky food and drink (included with your membership) and social space available during all reasonable hours. There will be a fair amount of food here, but it shouldn't be counted on to feed you three meals a day.

We may have optional organized dinners Friday and/or Saturday. To be announced.

Art show/craft swap

There is no formal art show this year, but you are welcome to bring art for display or to sell. There will also be table space for freebies, craft swapping, etc. Label your objects clearly, especially if they are not meant to be taken freely!


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Decongestant 5 is a small con with minimal programming and minimal financial resources. Panels and other activities are expected to be reasonably accessible by virtue of being very small. With this in mind, if you anticipate needing accommodations in order to enjoy the con, please contact us and we will see what we can do.

Code of Conduct

You should read the code of conduct.

Want to be Guest of Honor?

You can be our Sucker Guest of Honor for the low price of $500, first come, first serve. You'll get your name in lights, the chance to make a speech (or avoid making a speech), and it will fund us to rent an additional social room at the hotel for the con. Just select the Sucker Guest of Honor option on the registration form below!

Join Us!

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Pre-registration closes TBA. You can register online or by mail. You can also register at the door. In person, we accept cash and check. No credit cards (or other newfangled payment methods).

Pre-regAt the door
21+$50 *$60 †
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0–12, free range$10$20
Day rate (8am–8am)$40
Just-a-few-hours rate$20
Really-just-one-hour rate$10

* If you are short on cash, instead pay $40 — no questions asked (nor will we publish who paid what). If you're shorter on cash, e-mail and let us know your situation.

† Similarly, you may instead pay $50, no questions asked, or less if approved by the chair. However, for practical reasons, confidentiality is not guaranteed at-the-door.

‡ Supporting membership can be converted to attending (before the con, or at the door) for the difference in rates.

¶ Partial memberships can only be purchased at the door.

You can register by mail using this form.

Elegant Online Registration Form

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Register for Decongestant 5!

What are those fees? They cancel out what PayPal charges so that, for example, we get the full $50 for a $50 membership. There is no fee for paying by cash or check, because our bank doesn't charge us to deposit those.


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