CatchCon will be Discovery-sponsored Deadliest Catch convention

Late in April, after the debut of Deadliest Catch‘s fifth season, Discovery Channel will host CatchCon, a convention for fans of the show in the style of other reality TV show-focused conventions like TARCon.

CatchCon will be held April 25 in Seattle and will be attended by cast members and captains Sig Hansen, Phil Harris, Johnathan Hillstrand, Andy Hillstrand, and Keith Colburn. Boat crew members and series crew members will also attend.

The scheduled events include a “behind-the-scenes panel discussion, complete with sneak peeks and never-before-seen footage from the fifth season,” according to Discovery, plus autograph sessions and a “mall for exclusive merchandise.

In other words, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot going on, and the event is scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. on one day only. Tickets are free but limited and registration is required.

CatchCon [Discovery Channel]

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