One of Hot Springs’ top annual events has been canceled due to COVID-19.


Spa-Con V, a comics and popular culture convention, will not be opening during 2020. The convention was scheduled for September 18-20.


According to local officials, the cancellation was motivated by numerous factors, which tied back to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


“There are many factors that led to this decision,” Bill Solleder, marketing director for Visit Hot Springs and one of the founders of the event, said in a statement. “Some of our special guests expressed a reluctance to travel during the pandemic, and there were other issues involving the health and safety of convention-goers, volunteers and staff.”


Individuals who have advance passes to Spa-Con and vendors who have already booked spaces will receive refunds.


This is the second Hot Springs event cancellation this week. The World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which was scheduled for October 17, was canceled on Wednesday, July 22. However, Visit Hot Springs CEO Steve Arrison said that the parade is expected to resume in 2021.


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