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Coulee Con is held annually in La Crosse, Wisconsin, in August. Find more information at couleecon.com / Photos courtesy Andrea Garvens

starting a program called Gamer Guides. These are folks who are specifically at the convention to welcome new attendees, show them around, teach them games, answer questions, etc.” says Josh. “Sunday is often a day that we get a lot of new people coming in because of the family badge ($10 admission for an entire family). There are lots of things to do including a scavenger hunt for the kids, the cosplay contest, and more kid-friendly games.” A lot of growth and development has been possible through partnerships with different gaming groups and people in the region, such as 2021’s displays and attendance from a group from Western Technical College (La Crosse) that’s starting an e-sports program, and representation from a non-profit called Tanager Place, which is piloting a program called Role 4 Inspiration that focuses on mental health for teens via role playing games. Several events at Coulee Con also raise money for the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital through the Extra Life program, which unites people around the world to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through gaming. In 2019, Josh was also involved with the development of Coulee Gamers, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit focused on improving the lives of individuals and the welfare of the community through gaming. Coulee Con now runs as a fundraiser for the non-profit organization. Josh serves as the president of the board of directors, while Steven is the secretary, and Barb Jones serves as treasurer. Barb and her husband, Kevin, are active members of the local board game meetup group and have helped with planning and running events for Coulee Con since the event’s early years. “Although the convention started first, my vision is about fostering a supportive gaming community year-round,” says Josh. Currently, the non-profit is focusing on promoting the creation of inclusive gaming spaces within schools, and Josh hopes things will continue to grow and develop. “We want to encourage folks to welcome everyone to the tabletop and create spaces that are free from hate related speech, and allow individuals to be their authentic selves.” Tallitha Reese is a freelance writer and content manager based in Cashton, WI. She owns Words By Reese and you can find out more about her and her work at www.wordsbyreese.com.

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