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2006: A Year of Records

2006: A Year of Records

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(A small recap of number announced at Closing Ceremonies)

We saw more pre-registrations than ever before this year, and as the convention approached we started to get nervous over exactly how many of you all were planning on attending. We made preparations, and we (almost) got everything right, though!
2005: 1,066 furries in attendance. 2006: 1,441 furries in attendance
2005: 107 sponsors. 2006: 156 sponsors (more than we had pint glasses for! We'll be mailing glasses those of you who didn't get them soon, I promise)

Safe Haven Wildlife Rescue, this year's charity, is in the midst of preparing for a big move from Illinois to Nevada soon where they will serve as one of the few large mammal rescue and rehabilitation facilities in that area. We were pleased to be able to help them with their transition. We had hoped to meet last year's Charity Auction proceeds of $3,000, and you all came through for us, raising $5,570 this year. Approximately another $1,000 was raised through donations at their table and in Con Suite, and Midwest FurFest was happy to match all of these dollar-for-dollar for a total for Safe Haven of $13,048.96.

Art Show
This was another banner year for the Art Show. We featured 10-15 more artists and 693 pieces (up 25% from last year). 65 pieces went to auction, up 35% from last year even though the bid sheets were changed so it was five bids to auction instead of four. And although we thought it was great that we broke the $10k barrier last year with total proceeds of $11,584, this year we nearly doubled that figure with a final take for artists of $22,442. Also, as has become tradition at MFF, checks for the artists were available at Closing Ceremonies!

213 suits in the Fursuit Parade! 'Nuff said.

Thanks to everyone for coming! We hope you had as good a time at the convention as we did making it happen.

And now, I'm going to go sleep for a week...
  • Hearty congratulations and thanks to all the staff and gophers for making it happen. Those are impressive figures, though I admit I personally find it a bit scary to think that MFF is growing so fast. Soon it will rank with FC and AC in size. Not the friendly little con it once was.
    • I will address this in my annual (lengthy and chart-filled) report in the next few weeks, but I'm almost certain that a 35% growth rate just isn't sustainable, and that's just fine by us. We are a ways behind FC or AC, and I assure you there are no aspirations of grandeur. What we can do, and we will continue to do, is work to provide a comfortable atmosphere, quality programming, and as pleasant a convention experience as possible to our attendees.
    • This year had a lot of odd things happening...two of which included the massive change in venue for Anthrocon, which probably turned some people off from attending, and the collapse of Conifur in Seattle, which was Midwest FurFest's closest 'competition' datewise. Those two factors alone probably accounted for quite a few new attendees for us, this year.
  • Words cannot describe what a great con this was...
  • It was a fine event, and one element I enjoyed the most was that while it was obviously busy, it was still not too crowded when one walked the halls of the hotel. Sorry to hear you were short staffed, but you did a fine job even then. Thank you for a most pleasant weekend.

    (I only wish the variety show had been on at an earlier hour. I realize it's been tradition, but some traditions need to be dumped. =};-3 )
  • Great con!

    This was my secong year attending MFF. Last year I pretty much stayed in the artist alley and had a good time but this year I decided to suit up and just go to enjoy myself. I wore my Tauntaun costume in the fursuit parade (designed by me and built by WhiteFox) and I wore my bear suit in the dance. What a blast!! It's been years since I have enjoyed myself this much!!

    I also entered some pieces in the art show and was very happy to see them all go to auction. I honestly did not expect them to do as well as they did since they have been posted to my FA account for several months.

    All in all, a great convention and I am definately looking forward to attending again next year. :)
  • "...a total for Safe Haven of $13,048.96."

    My fiancée was really impressed by the level of generosity the convention showed towards charity, I could here her gasp at that number. She works in the non-profit sector and commented from first-hand experience with how much that would mean to any charitable organization. It's one thing to talk about caring, but it's so much more to literally see the con put it's money where it's mouth is, and do so in such a stellar fashion. This kind of thing is one big reason I take pride in being on staff at MFF!
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