Game convention to benefit The Children’s Shelter

HOXIE, Ark. – The Northeast Arkansas Gamers Guild will host NEA Game Fest in Hoxie, Oct. 13-14, to benefit The Children’s Shelter. 

Convention organizer Sarah Brown is excited to bring a family-friendly tabletop gaming convention to the area. “Growing up and playing games with my family is something that I remember fondly,” Brown said.  NEA Game Fest is a two-day convention featuring a variety of tabletop gaming events, including demos, tournaments and open play. Over $1,500 in prizes will be given away throughout the event.

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“We’ve received amazing support for this event, both locally and through publishers nationwide,” said Megan Heyl, convention organizer.

The convention will be held at the Hoxie Service Center, 500 SW Lawrence. Convention doors will open Friday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 14, at 9 a.m. The convention will run until midnight both nights.  All money raised after expenses will go to benefit The Children’s Shelter in Walnut Ridge. The shelter provides temporary housing for displaced children from across Northeast Arkansas.

“We depend on fundraisers to be able to keep the shelter’s doors open and serving children in need,” said Tonjia Miles, shelter administrator.


Badges for the convention are available at

The first 100 adult badges sold will be $10 each. Badges sold after that will be $15 each. Children’s badges, age 6-15, are available for $5 each. Children 5 and under are free.

Press Release – Megan Heyl

Photos: Wendy Heyl moves her piece in a game of “The Magic Labyrinth.”

NEA Game Fest organizer Kier Heyl (right) instructs NEA Gamers Guild member Jimmy Hudson on how to play a game at a recent game day held at the Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library.

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