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Pensacon kicks off this Friday

PENSACOLA -- Sci-fi and comic book fans have something to look forward to this weekend.
This first ever Pensacon is kicking off this Friday.

Fans will be able to meet famous characters from horror and sci-fi movies and downtown Pensacola is getting in on the action.

Channel Three's Jenise Fernandez has more.

I'm right in front of the Pensacola Bay Center, this is where Pensacon will be taking place.
The convention kicks off Friday, and will last until Sunday.
This is the first Pensacola has ever hosted an event like this, and the organizers are expecting thousands.

It started this past weekend with a zombie run, and now more sci-fi and horror fans will flood the streets of Pensacola.

"People are coming into town they're gonna stay here... and hopefully they'll wanna come back."

At least 5-thousand comic book fans are expected to attend.
Pensacon will take place at the Pensacola Bay Center. Rooms at the Crowne Plaza Hotel right next door are already sold out.
Fans will get a chance to meet comic book artists, and even some actors from Star Wars, Star Trek, and The Walking Dead.

"When I was a kid being called a nerd was an insult.... we kinda inherited the world."

With thousands expected to flood Pensacola, downtown businesses are looking to make some extra cash.
It's all hands on deck for O'Reily's Irish Pub. They plan on having 8 bartenders for the weekend to help with large crowds.

"Everyone's gonna have a good time with this... something Pensacola needs to have."

And in true Pensacon spirit, they've decided to take on a theme.
O'Reily's will transform into Hogwarts for a Harry Potter themed weekend. Muggles and wizards are welcomed.

"Every single person that dresses up or participating we'll have special deals all weekend"

If you want to attend there's two things you can do, either pay 75-dollars for the entire weekend, or 30-dollars each day.
Reporting live in Pensacola, Jenise Fernandez, Channel Three News.