I can't speak to Spokane much, living out in Seattle as I do, but I did have some really good ham there once.
I'll be attending the convention, (as a fanboy since I've nothing to contribute to the medium, really.) Hopefully I won't be the only one in a drawingboard.org t-shirt.
Last year seemed a little quieter and smaller than the other years. Last year I think they had no one to blame but the publicity folks. Almost nobody knew it was happening. This is the 5th year, so maybe they'll have their shit together. They have some great people showing up this year, though. Several board members have tables, I believe. Maybe people will want to go out drinkin' an' drawin' afterward.