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What's the 411? Tampa snags Florida's first 1990s convention.

Rose McGowan will be one of the many celebrities this weekend at "90s Con," a nostalgic three-day event at Tampa Convention Center.
Rose McGowan will be one of the many celebrities this weekend at "90s Con," a nostalgic three-day event at Tampa Convention Center.
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The Tampa Convention Center will hold Florida's first 90s Con, a 1990s-themed event hosting stars from the "90210" TV series and other films and shows from the decade.

90s Con will run Friday to Sunday, Sept. 15-17. City officials say an estimated 15,000 people are expected to attend each day of the three-day event.

It's only the third 90s Con since its founding by That's 4 Entertainment in 2022. The first two events were held in Hartford, Connecticut. It's the first of the company's events in Florida, and Tampa seemed a competitive pick over Orlando or Miami, a spokesperson says.

"We just think Tampa has an untapped audience," says spokesperson Kylie Elliot, speaking to the Business Observer. "It's a growing market and we are thrilled with the turnout."

Already, certain group photos have sold out, according to the company's website, so if you were hoping to get a group photo with the cast of "90210" or "Charmed," you are out of luck.

Organizers say 90s Con will bring stars from 1990s shows such as "90210," "Full House," "Charmed," "Saved by the Bell," and more. And the cast of "Boy Meets World" will reunite for the 30th anniversary of the show.

Celebrities attending include Mario Lopez, Tori Spelling, Jodi Benson, Melissa Joan Hart, Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin, Rose McGowan, Shannen Doherty and more.

The convention also will have appearances by 1990s music stars, including Nick Carter and A.J. McLean from Backstreet Boys; Joey Fatone from N*Sync; and T-Boz and Chilli from TLC.

Attendees will have the chance to see special panels, as well as meet celebrities for photo opportunities and autographs, organizers say.

That's 4 Entertainment says the 1990s theme hits a nostalgic nerve with people.

"The first 90s Con was held in Spring 2022 and was hugely successful," organizers say.



Jim Stinson

Jim Stinson is the Business Observer's Tampa Bay business reporter and editor, having previously written about business and policy in Washington, D.C.; Rochester, New York; Gary, Indiana; and Daytona Beach. He attended Boston University for business and Indiana University for journalism.

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