MFF 2022 Guests of Honor

I love Awoo comics

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MFF Registration: Why things went so smoothly at MFF 2021

If you were at MFF 2021 you would notice something that you never saw before. It was just around noon on that Friday when the Registration was nearly empty. Oh sure some complained, and improvements do need to be made… but it was the fastest I ever seen.

Tim Woods who is in charge of MFF’s Facebook page explained why recently.

Speaking for myself and from my own perspectives and opinions alone I can say:

As “VP” for SEI, the Software arm of MFF’s parent corporation, I know and can share that MFF uses the same registration system as MAGFest, which easily accommodates 24k attendees with minimal lines.

Having been in a position of leadership (Chair, Vice-Chair, Lead, etc.) for a number of years, I saw that the problem was many-fold but I share your opinion that summarizing it as “scalability” is reasonable.

2019 was a failure, the convention admitted it, apologized, and committed to fixing it the next year… But of course, “next year” didn’t happen. Regardless, I can say that I was a small part of a team of dozens who worked on this. And the solution wasn’t fewer attendees in 2021… The solution was a commitment to addressing the problem, regardless of time, money, energy, etc. The convention could NOT continue to be enjoyable for our friends both new and old, without this problem being solved. And so all necessary resources were, and continue to be, poured into making sure that registration lines are a thing of the past at MFF.

Of course… Again, not speaking for the convention but for myself… I think that actions speak louder than words and only time will tell if the sacrifices made, were the right ones.

It’s really good to know that they are improving the system and lets hope MFF 2022 goes even better.

MFF Changes Theme GOH Announced

AC Stuart does the Awoo comic I hope to get my book autographed at the next MFF

If you happen to check their site LINK it’s already updated plus there are links to photos of previous MFFs. I know this is pure speculation on my part, does this mean Registration will open early?

MFF 2021 Wrapup

In a statement released by MFF

In these unprecedented times…

No, wait.

We’re all really tired of hearing that.

Anyway, it’s been a rough two years for everyone. After going virtual in 2020, we at Midwest FurFest approached the 2021 convention with a mixture of hope and trepidation. Our goal was to provide something of a respite for all of our friends and to continue to celebrate the furry fandom in FurFest’s own unique style but in a manner that was safe and responsible as well.

It is a pleasure to say that we achieved all of this and more, as we welcomed a grand total of 9,332 (vaccinated and masked) attendees. We are grateful not only for all of our friends who journeyed to Rosemont to join us, but also for the approximately 450 staff and volunteers (working onsite and remote) who helped make the convention happen.

Our charity this year was Mission Companion Paw (MCP) Rescue + Outreach. Through the generosity of our attendees, we were able to raise $74,303. These donations will help them continue their work of finding homes for hard-to-adopt dogs, providing pet food donations to food pantries, and directing families to low-cost spay and neuter services.

We would like to recognize everyone who organized and participated in the following events which helped raise money for this charity:

  • Charity Table Jar: $7,335 
  • Credit Card/Venmo Donations: $2,758 
  • Charity and Silent Auctions: $5,344 
  • Furry Logic Escape Room: $1,000 
  • Donations from Programming Event: $2,760 
  • Hyatt Regency O’Hare – Themed Drinks at Red Bar: $1,130 
  • Cash donations at Closing Ceremonies: $7,976 (WOW!)

Thanks again to everyone who made this possible. You have all made a tremendous difference in the lives of MCP and the people and animals that they serve.

After two years in orbit, Midwest FurFest 2021: Intergalactic! has finally landed. We are already hard at work making plans for the coming year and we hope to see you December 1-4, 2022 in Rosemont, Illinois for Midwest FurFest 2022: Movie Magic!

An Artist Dies

MFF reports

We are saddened to learn one of our Artist Ally attendees, @Kozakaful / Doju has tragically passed away on his way home from #FurFest. Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family.

Confessions of a Gopher

This year was the very 1st time, I decided to volunteer at MFF. The process is simple I started when I registered and later on I filled out a online forum and was LINKED to the Telegram group volunteers use. You know they actually have an Online Reserve for key volunteer jobs. I didn’t do that, I just went to the volunteer office on the very first day of the con

Where I filled out a Legal Release saying I can’t sue MFF if I got hurt. Afterwards I was given one of their blue volunteer vests, and sent off to where I was needed. That is generally the Elevators which I did twice. I would have done it more, I really wanted that Gopher pin.

Gophers get a FREE Pin if they volunteer for 5 hours, They have a Super Gopher pin for 10 hours, 12 or more you get a free Regular weekend Badge, or a discount on a Sponsor or Shiny Sponsor admission. Plus that Exclusive Super Gopher pin.

There are some who actually volunteer the entire con and to those Furry Times Salutes you.

MFF is a great con, and I will be back next year, and if I got time I will also be volunteering again. I really want that Gopher Pin.

MFF 2021 Final Day: Sunday

I know a lot talk about PCD right about now, me maybe later but I sure am tired right now.

Being the final day I wanted to check out the Dealer’s Area first. But I arrived too early but did get a surprise because the line I got in ran too long. We got to go in the back way.

A couple things I have to mention

Cassidy Civet really nice and great singer

And Fenris Publishing

Where I did get some IMPORTANT NEWS Circles Book 4 will be debut at Anthro New England, and the book will get a wide release sometime in 2022. I suggest a poster, really hope they do one. I know the perfect place for it.

One Panel I am happy they did was Lost Furrends. Some of lost lost loved ones and it’s hard to deal with that sometimes. But I am happy I went and finally got a lot of things off of my chest.

The Fursuit Games are always my favorite and they are always so fun. We had around 80 fursuiters, twice the number from last year.

Lastly and the saddest of them all The Closing Ceremony for the STATs

Attendance 8900 est

Money donated to MCP Rescue $72,500 although this could change. This was of the ceremony

MFF 2022 will take place Dec 1 to 4 the theme will be Cinema – Movie Magic

There are a lot I didn’t cover in these reports more coming soon.

MFF 2021 Day 2: Saturday

It began with

The Sponsor’s Brunch, row after row of really excellent food, and it’s eat as much as you want.

Well yesterday was also a day to meet up with friends and what a day it was it began with From “Nation” to “Planet” Writing The Furry Nation Sequel.

Joe Strike is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. The panel may of been about his book which is coming out via Fur Planet sometime next year. But we also as the audience got involved talking about getting published, furry news and are we Mainstream or not. I give him my praise excellent panel.

Talk about how strange things can get at a fur con, my friend buys a partial for $2500. It’s really nice and fits them perfectly. They buy it, just before the panel on Fursona to Fursuit.

The Charity Whose Lion was great as usual, special mention has to go out to Cassidy Civet for putting on a great show.

The Day ended for all of us at something unexpected, Fursuit Charades. It was great, very fun and when behind one side began to cheat it all ended in fun. Really hope they have this again.

You know how hard it is to trying to take a photo while your laughing.

Tomorrow Last Day

MFF 2021 Day #1 Friday

Here it is roughly 7 AM on a Saturday and I am not completely certain of what exactly happened yesterday. Oh sure getting to the con is easy for me 1 bus and the subway and a short walk. But what happened after that is what I am unsure about.

Getting your vaccinated wristband was easy, they take a look at your card and your ID to make sure everything matches up. It took like 10 minutes or so no big deal

For this

Then pass the volunteer then on to Registration

Registration was another matter, this is why I say if you can be a Sponsor it does has it advantage… short line. But the line for the regular badge went on and on and on. If you know that Hall it went as far back as anyone can go. But still despite furries still coming in, it was mostly cleared out by Noon.

The reason I know this is because of the infamous Corridor has a window that looks down upon it.

More on the Swag Bag and the Color badges later

I have been to every MFF since 2013 and have all the badges that proves this. Despite everything the crowd was up. According to members of the staff they are saying numbers I can’t and will not repeat. But safe to say crowds were up and they do expect numbers to be higher. How much only the Closing Ceremony will tell.

One reason I am a little confused is that I went to more Panels yesterday than any previous con, let alone on the 1st Day.

2 main things I need to says, was The Furry Variety Show was amazing. Longest show in years and the crowd was way up. I estimate at least 5 or 6 times the number they had back in 2019. What helps was nothing major like Floor Wars running against it. I really hope MFF keep FVS on Friday.

Based upon what I heard and seen more people were hitting the other options for food. I heard that there were fursuiters at the nearby McDonalds. As for the Hyatt there pop up restaurants scattered through the hotel served everything from hamburgers to pizza. All of which was excellent. As for the OH Grill something different since the last con. You paid $24 plus tax and it was serve yourself and all you can eat. Not too bad, I had meatloaf and it was the best I ever had.

More tomorrow

MFF Opens Today

Technically it’s been open since yesterday, but the official Opening Ceremony is today. I swear this isn’t going to be like any MFF I have ever covered before. The COVID-19 Policy, No Con Suite, the vaccination wristband, the QR code I got in an email yesterday. I swear I haven’t been this apprehensive about going to MFF since 2014, just one year after my first. Where I hoped to just get more into the con. There is a lot I just don’t know and am thinking I am going to make more videos than I planned.

So anyway, I will be covering MFF in depth and hope with all the extra stuff I have planned. To continue them as long as possible without becoming boring. Those reports will start tomorrow. All I can say for now is I plan on seeing more panels than I have in many years and still plan on going to my favorite events all while trying to give MFF fair coverage.

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