I was extremely excited for this con this year, and it did not disappoint! It is a small, hometown con, but the community around the con is so very supportive and it absolutely shows.
The con is at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, OH. Free parking is provided for vendors (not sure about attendants. If it is not free, it is very very cheap). Set up is Friday evening or Sunday morning before the con starts. I typically do not like setting up the morning of because it puts too much pressure on me, but the show does not start until 11, so it is completely doable. Speaking of when the con starts, Saturday hours were 11-7 while Sundays were 11-5. I absolutely love this. Cons absolutely do not need to be 10+ hours long - it exhausts vendors and patrons alike - and the staff at Youngstown Comic Con understand.
Load in is very easy. You are provides with an 8 foot table and two chairs/passes. Staff was very courteous and even helped pull my dolly for me! Attendance was about 5,000, but do not let that fool you! Foot traffic is consistent, heavy, and constantly flowing. The con went by extremely quickly. I highly recommend to anybody interested, new artists to those with much more experience. I already can't wait for next year!