Full record for congoer n.

Definition one who attends (usually science fiction) conventions
OED requirements antedating 1960
Earliest cite 'Profanity'
Comment Enoch Forrester submitted a 1996 cite for the form "con-goer" from Dragon Magazine. Fred Galvin submitted a 1992 cite from Harry Warner Jr.'s "A Wealth of Fable" Fred Galvin submitted a 1960 cite for "con-goer" from a letter in the fanzine "PROFANITY".

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1960 Profanity Feb. 33 It might not be a bad idea if one page of future con booklets were used for something along these lines—general guidance of the kind of behaviour expected from neos at their first con, including much of the kind of thing Len had to say here. 'Tis more than likely, were fen to know their work on behalf of the con-goer was appreciated, there might not be so much in evidence the reluctance to take on the duties of a committee.
1992 H. Warner, Jr. Wealth of Fable 339 Alarm over the way attendance increased at worldcons in the 1950s inspired some committees in the 1960s to soft pedal or ban advance publicity for the worldcon in the host city, in order to minimize walk-in congoers.
1993 Locus Oct. iv. 5/3 Downtown San Francisco proved to be a very atmospheric location, with the street people and the all-night activity providing an interesting setting for costumed con-goers.
1996 J. Quick in Dragon Mag. Nov. 68/2 Running the gamut of the role-playing community, we serve the young, the old, the hardened con-goers, the new players‥and everyone who cares about role-playing games.