Outside of a couple of videos a lot of art drawn in MFF’s Con Suite is sadly tossed away. When I was at MFF I managed to photograph some of the art and post it here.
Maybe it’s just me, but I have never seen anyone even talk what it was like being a Sponsor at anyone con let alone MFF. I know the traditional answer is they want to support the con. Would you believe this is not what I found? The several other sponsors I spoke with during MFF generally gave the same answer over and over again. It seems they all hated LINES, especially the one at Registration, which is fully the reason I did it. I sorta figured there would be some sort of line, not what I found. I got there around 10:30AM and actually made the Opening Ceremonies in the Sponsor Line no less. I will admit no first row, but at least I was close enough to see things better than in years past. But in other cases, depending on whether the event was popular or not it made no difference. Getting the Tee Shirt and the Brunch, not to mention that one of a kind pin made my experience this year even more memorable. I will be doing another Sponsor Badge next year, where MFF promised better signage, also better-informed volunteers.
Look at the lanyard, it’s already on my work ID.
Close up of the PIN
If you hadn’t noticed this was not the same pin they were selling in the Dealers Area.
Sadly with MFF being over until next year, it time to go over things you might have heard on social media and weren’t sure was true or not. I am going to do my best to answer them as honestly as I can.
Even though this photo was taken on Sunday, Registration had more people wondering if that QR System was going to work or not than anything else during the entire convention. Without a doubt it did work, Registration was at least twice as fast as in previous years. The longest wait times I was told were under 4 hours and that was Thursday, shorter than compared to 7 hours of previous years. Even on Saturday when I met up with friends. Last year they waited for more than 2 hours, this year 90 mins exactly. There even was actual times nobody was in line, that actually happened several times during the convention.
Yes, that announcement was made to encourage people to upgrade their badge to shorten their wait times, and yes they did call out your fursona when picking up your badge.
But despite all of this everyone had fun, some even had time to relax.
Yes, we all heard about the threats made by whom I will call something I can’t even say, but nothing major happened. I would thank an increase in overall security not to mention the patrols by uniformed Rosemont Police Officers, as well as undercover law enforcement. It was well known to the staff that agents of several different law enforcement agencies were there, many of whom are furries themselves. I can just verify this, although I can’t get into detail due to the source.
With MFF moving more events and areas to the convention center it actually seemed less crowded than in previous years and this is despite having 11,000 attendees this past year.
Hyatt Regency O’Hare POP Up Resturant
Food options this year could not be any better, for years everyone has been complaining about limited options for those on a tight budget. Who actually wants to spend $25 on a meal? The popup pictured above was selling taco dinners for around $10. Plus places like McDonald’s had a well-placed ad showing that they were close as well as other places. Even Rosemont stepped up with their free shuttle bus, I know a lot more furries use it to check out other places, as well as the discount many places were offering.
Then there is…
The Con Suite
I have been told not many cons in general offer such things, but I will do my best to describe it as best I can.
They offer snacks everything from carrots, chips to even fresh fruit as well as..
Soda and all for FREE and you can eat as much as you want. At certain times they even offer sandwiches.
As for the staff…
One even made a point to me that MFF treats its staff very well.
That’s about it except for 2 things. With the dog show happening at the same time accidents will happen. Yes, a few dogs crapped on the floor, there was a rumor that some furry did not, but happily, it wasn’t true.
Every year during the Closing Ceremony they auction a space on the soda machine for charity. This year was no exception, it generally goes for $1,000 what you get for that is your fursona, holding your favorite soda throughout the entire convention. So everyone there will see it.
I just decided on 1 more MFF piece what it is really like for Sponsors, but that will have to wait until tomorrow.
I just remembered this morning that I left one thing out. That was my conversation with those at Ringtail Cafe and what it was like being a Dealer at MFF. For the record, Ringtail Cafe is the people behind those Furry Mystery Boxes that you saw everywhere at the con. Turns out they sold 1,000s and the Fox Dad (literally a test run) sold out not in hours but minutes. Here I was imagining they took small trucks to MFF. In the case of the larger dealers, the opposite was true.