What does FACTS stand for? Fantasy, Animation, Comics, Toys, Space. It started way back in 1993 and the very first time I attended was in 2006.
What did I see then? Merchandise everywhere, so I went crazy. I got a Snape bust (my prrrrrecious), I got Trek bracelets, Trek ships... NO laughing with my Star Trek addiction >.>
But the best part for me was meeting the actors. Now at the time the cast of Allo Allo was there (Helga, Herr Flick and Lt. Gruber). Lance Henricksen, Michael Ironside, C3PO, some people from Lost an actor from Trek (Armstrong). best time I had.
The years afterwards I didn't go. The actors didn't appeal to me and the location at the time was rather constricting. A lot of people walking around and well you get the idea. Pure chaos. Thankfully they changed locations and now MORE SPACE.
So i went again last year, dragged a friend of mine with me and was meeting up with a friend in Ghent. The convention had changed and it had become bigger and better. The booths where you can buy merchandise are still there, the people are friendly. There is one guy (American) who sells awesome t-shirts. Before you ask, yes bought two trek t-shirts. I'm a geek, I know xD
You've also got the gaming corner with competitions going. Ubisoft was there to show a demo about Assassin's Creed II, there was the Wii corner where you could try out a new game etc. Of course, i cannot forget to mention the cosplay competition. There are several people walking around in costumes. Some are pretty good actually.
Anyway... I'm planning on going this year. i've already managed to convince two friends to tag along. One is going to cosplay as a gypsy, the other one is still thinking about, i'll persuade him or whack, probably both. I'm going as Elisabeth Swan (At World's End) pirate outfit, if all goes well.
Everyone is invited to come, and I'll make sure to take some pics to post here then.
Here is a link to the website and when it'll be. Keep checking for the actors. Last year Robert Picardo (EMH from ST: Voyager) was going to come, but he canceled. He DID leave a video message to the fans apologizing, and he may appear this year. My inner Trekkie (and outer one) are hoping he'll come this year.
Here's the site for FACTS, all info is there.