Ah, summer. The time of swimming parties, barbecues, picnics and — of course — a plethora of conventions, outdoor festivals and get-togethers. With Louisville just finishing up its Forecastle Festival, Cincinnati just hosting the second Bunbury Music Festival and the gigantic 2013 Comic-Con just wrapping up this past weekend, summer is clearly the time to get together with like-minded fans and friends and celebrate whatever it is you’re into. You no doubt know of your Bonnaroos, your Burning Mans and the like — but today I thought we’d take a look at a few other notable conventions and festivals you might want to put on your summer schedule. Don’t worry! You’ll hate it. Have a great weekend, gang, and I’ll see you here again next week. Until then.
What it is: A place for John Robic fans from around the world to gather in celebration of the UK assistant coach. Three days of festivities highlight the life and career of the popular Robic, culminating in a fireworks show on Wednesday night marshaled by Robic himself.
Don’t miss: Hair care tips in the Greer Ballroom A on Monday morning; an oral history of Youngstown State University basketball in the Walters Conference room on Tuesday afternoon after the costume judging panel.
What it is: For those who just can’t let the plucky shooting guard go, Fitchella combines a rabid affection for the Columbus, Georgia-native Kentucky Wildcat with an interactive travelogue of Fitch’s travels since graduating from UK. With catering by Varsity Blue.
Don’t miss: The Summer League Cyber-Simulator ; Exclusive tell-all panel on J.P. Blevins’ favorite television shows. All activities available for translation into French, Turkish or Ukranian.
Doron Lamb Twitter Meet-Up
What it is: A chance to find out really “who up” when prolific tweeter and ex-Wildcat Doron Lamb invites 90,000 of his closest friends to discuss appropriate waking-up and going-to-bed times, sock fashion, and who said wats up.
Don’t miss: Advice to girls on how to act; reasons why u so fake; pool party.
What it is: A convention for Yahtzee enthusiasts. Sorry, it doesn’t have anything to do with the University of Kentucky Football program. You have to remember that Yahtzee is still a game loved by families the world over as well as a popular Twitter hashtag for recruiting news.
Don’t miss: Several speakers sharing their tips and strategies for better Yahtzee playing. Again, this is about real Yahtzee. Not about recruits or anything. Sorry for the confusion.
The KSR Fantasy Camp
What it is: A week-long, immersive blogging camp experience which allows participants to walk in the shoes of a real-life KSR writer, from drinking and thowing a tennis ball against a wall for hours to surefire new google-image search techniques — culminating in on Friday evening in a banquet where everyone will tell you you’re wrong and terrible.
Don’t Miss: Continental Breakfast with Aaron Flener; Q& A with hologram Mosley; the Matt Jones Sweatshirt Museum; the Thursday morning panel “Hubby Shows You Computer Parts”; special exhibit The Jeff Goodman Ignoring Experienceâ„¢. Please note: Participants are advised not to bring or post photographs of themselves. Cash only; non-refundable.