Discovery announces “Deadliest Catch” fan festival

Crew of the Ramblin' Rose -- one of two new boats to join the fleet this season

CatchCon 2011, a fan festival devoted to the hit Discovery Channel series Deadliest Catch, will drop anchor April 9 at Bell Harbor Conference Center in Seattle from noon-6pm. Fans will have the chance to meet the captains, tour the actual boats the brave the frigid Bering Sea, go behind the scenes into the lives of Alaska crab fishermen and catch an advanced preview of the new season of Deadliest Catch, which premieres on Discovery April 12. This is the first time CatchCon occurs before the premiere of a new season, giving the event added exclusivity for fans attending. The festival also marks the debut of the series’ newest captains — Scott Campbell Jr. and Elliot Neese.

CatchCon is free. To register, visit


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