The Ohio Valley Filk Fest (OVFF) is the world’s largest fan-run filk convention and home of the Pegasus Awards For Excellence in Filking. This year it is October 24-26 in Worthington, Ohio. This year is a special look at filkers and filking from Canada.
Guest of Honor for the con is Decadent Dave Clement, a filker from Winnipeg who has traveled to Europe to filk. Toastmaster for the con is Stone Dragons, Filk Hall of Famer, Pegasus and Aurora Award winner. The Honored Listener is Howard Scrimgeour, attendee of every OVFF and committee member of FilKONtario. The Interfilk Guests for this year are Debs and Errol and the New Voices Guest is Copy Red Leader.
Events get started on Thursday night with open filk called Frisky Puppy filk. On Friday things begin with the Mad Hatter’s Teat Party (bring your own hat), then the Pegasus Nominees Concert, then apple-tasting party in the con suite, a workshop or two and open filk in late in the night. Saturday is filled with workshops and theme filks throughout the day, formal concerts, the Pegasus Awards Banquet at 6pm, then the songwriting contests, Interfilk Auction, and plenty of open filk. Sunday has more workshops, yoga, more concerts, the Iron Filker songwriting contest, and the Farewell Jam Session in the afternoon, and if you stick around on Sunday evening you can go to the Dead Dog Dinner Run and the Dead Dog Open Filk.
The Pegasus Awards were founded to recognize and honor filkers and filking. Anyone in filking is eligible to be nomineed and win. Anyone interested can cast their vote for a winner, you do not even need to go to the con. This year award categories are: Best Filk Song, Best Classic Filk song, Best Writer/Composer, Best Performer, Best Adapted Song, and Best Song of Passage.
Membership is $50 if you pre-registered by October 10 and $60 at the door. This covers everything but the awards banquet. Tickets for it are $35 in advance and $40 at the con. Child membership is at a lower price, $10/$30.
If you are a filker, want to be a filker, or just like filking you should check out this event.