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AD Sabakon began as  Anime Day Vegas in the summer of 2011 as a way for the Anime lovers of Las Vegas to enjoy spending time together while waiting for the bigger anime conventions in the fall season. The first Anime Day was held in July 2011 at the Circus Circus Adventuredome Themepark and included a cosplay contest, dance contest, trivia games, and much more. 

At the request of many attendees,  Anime Day Vegas returned to the Adventuredome in April of 2012. With the inclusion of a DDR tournament, a dance contest, and an exhibitor hall, the convention was a huge success! Cosplayers brought their best to the cosplay competition, DDR competitors worked up a sweat, and champions came home with trophies and prize money. With an audience growth of over 300% from Anime Day '11 to Anime Day '12, Anime Day Vegas was destined for another year.

Plans for Anime Day to grow to more than a single day convention became realized in June of 2012, so a name change was needed. After receiving many excellent suggestions by fans and attendees, the name Sabakon was born, meaning "desert convention". AD Sabakon 2013 is currently in the planning stages and is expected to include even more activities and events for its attendees. If you have any suggestions for events, please don't hesitate to email us at [email protected].