MCFC will be requiring COVID-19 vaccination to attend our October, 2021 convention. Please see our recent announcement for the latest details.

About Motor City Furry Con

Motor City Furry Convention is Michigan's 18+ anthropomorphic appreciation convention, for furries and furry fans alike. Come register at either Sponsor or Super Sponsor level and let our expert lounge staff show you why people come to party with us year after year. We have great panels, board games, video games, events, and so much more. This con is a labor of love and we aim to share that with all our guests. So come experience all the fun!

October 8 – 10, 2021 | Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest | Ypsilanti, MI

MCFC 2021 Vaccination Update

Posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago

This is fairly big, important news that you'll need to know. Are you ready?

Vaccination Against COVID-19 Will Be Required to Attend MCFC 2021

Previously we'd announced that anyone unable to show proof of vaccination would be allowed in, under provision of remaining masked the entire time. With the rising COVID-19 rates we're seeing right now, especially with the delta, lambda, and who knows what other variants we might see popping up, we could not see a path forward to holding a convention at this time without changing that. So in the interest of the safety of all our attendees ( you all) and your families, COVID-19 vaccination will be required this year.

We’ve been figuring out everything we’ll need to do to make this happen, but at the moment we don't anticipate allowing any exceptions to the rule. And as always, our policies may be updated in accordance with any changes to state and local guidelines.

Now on to the specifics:

Receive Your Vaccination by Thursday, September 23

Remember, you're considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine (such as the Johnson & Johnson Jannsen vaccine,) or two weeks after receiving the second dose of a 2-dose series vaccine (such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.) As such, you must receive all doses of the vaccine by September 23, 2021. If you've not yet received your vaccine, they're available free of charge, and probably at a location close to you!

COVID-19 Vaccination Proof

The types of proof we will accept is at this time still the same as before. The list includes but may not be limited to:

  • An original, or digital picture of an authentic United States CDC COVID-19 vaccination card. This is most likely what you'll have.
  • An official original document, or digital screen showing an official Canadian province vaccine record, an EU vaccination certificate, or similar record issued by the healthcare provider in your region that administered your vaccination.
  • A digital screen of a patient portal showing COVID-19 vaccination dates, such as UofM's MyChart.
  • A verifiable letter from a licensed healthcare professional attesting that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Show Us At the Con

When you get to the con, be prepared to show your documentation to registration staff in order to receive your badge. Don't forget it at home -- add it to your con packing list!

We will not retain any of the documentation, or record any of the information. Just, no proof, no badge. And please don't send it to us ahead of time.

There's Always MCFC 2022

We hope this policy change doesn't doesn't affect many of you. But if this requirement means you'll be unable to attend this year, you still have the option to defer your registration to 2022 (specific dates are still TBD, unfortunately.) When you registered, you should have received an email with a confirmation link. If you had registered before June 26th, additional confirmation messages were sent out on that date with the same link. There are instructions inside that link that allow you to automatically move your registration to next year. If you need any additional help, or if you can't find that link, registration@motorcityfurrycon.org should be able to help you out. Registration staffers are working through a number of messages now, however, so please give them some time to respond.

And as before that option will be available up until the convention itself. We know it’s no fun missing a convention, but if you’re showing symptoms of an illness or otherwise not feeling well before the con, please stay home.

Onward to October!

Just a little over one month to go! Stay safe and healthy; looking forward to seeing you then!

MCFC 2021: T-2 months!

Posted 1 month, 1 week ago

I'm a little late getting this out, but we have a lot in the air and I wanted to get as much down for this as possible! First, let's start with the important stuff.

COVID-19 Vaccination Proof

With officials hinting that there's a possibility of the Canadian border opening up in time, and given that so many different systems do things in their own ways, we're expanding the types of documents we'll accept. That now includes but may not be limited to:

  • An original, or digital picture of an authentic United States CDC COVID-19 vaccination card. This is most likely what you'll have.
  • An official original document, or digital screen showing an official Canadian province vaccine record, an EU vaccination certificate, or similar record issued by the healthcare provider in your region that administered your vaccination.
  • A digital screen of a patient portal showing COVID-19 vaccination dates, such as UofM's MyChart.
  • A note from a licensed healthcare professional attesting that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

When you get to registration to pick up your badge, show them one of the above. We will not retain any of the documentation, and please don't send it to us ahead of time.

Remember, it takes two weeks following the shot to build up the full effects of the vaccination. The two-dose series vaccines are scheduled with about a month between doses. If you've been waiting to get it, the time is now!

And of course concern over variants is growing. We're certainly watching the situation. If you've registered, and you feel comfortable attending right now, you still have the option to move your registration to 2022 (specific dates are still TBD, unfortunately.) See the confirmation email you got from registration for the confirmation link that will let you do that, or see the Rescheduled page for more instructions. If you've attended another event (or even if you haven't) we encourage you to get a COVID-19 test ahead of time. I surely will.

Overflow Hotel

If you're still looking for a hotel room, we've made arrangements with the neighboring hotels as overflow space.

The walk isn't too bad -- about 10 minutes, depending on the traffic light. If you still need that room space, check out the details on making a reservation over on the Hotel page.

Dealers List

And lastly, our confirmed Dealers are up! We don't yet have a map of the table layout -- we'll try to get that posted closer to the convention.

But take a look at the vendors you'll see at the convention, what they might have available, and start making that shopping list so you can maximize your furryness!

And, there!

That's the current batch update for MCFC. We're now a little under two months to go -- time is flying! Hope to see you there!

July State of The Convention

Posted 2 months, 3 weeks ago

It's July 1st; Pride Month is now over, so you know what that means: Pride Rest-Of-The-Year!

It also means we're about three months out from Motor City Furry Con 2021. How exciting! It's been a long journey since that spring nearly a year and a half ago when MCFC, all conventions, and just about everything suddenly came to a screeching halt. But things are moving again, the convention is once again set to go, and we continue our forward march toward October. We have a number of irons in the fire, so I want to tell you what's in store.

Hotels, Overflow Option

If you're looking for a room you've likely already noticed, but we have official word that the main hotel is full. All rooms, entirely booked up, already! Goodness. There's always cancellations, though, especially as we get closer to the con. If you're after a room in the main hotel, check back periodically in case something shows up.

There are a couple hotels across the street that you could book right now: The Hampton Inn & Suites and The Fairfield Inn & Suites. Both are approximately a 10 minute walk across the street. We're seeing if we can set up a discounted room block at those; links will be posted on the Hotel page if those become available.

Dealers List

As mentioned earlier, we unfortunately don't plan to open up dealers applications for 2021, as we're carrying over the confirmed dealers from 2020.

We know you're interested in that list, though! Once we have the current vendors re-confirmed, and the layout set, we'll be publishing the dealers list here on this site. Keep an eye out for that within the next month or so.

Panels and Events Schedule

A new venue brings new challenges, between negotiating the layout of the space, room availability and scheduling, and all that. Long story short, the programming team is working through the schedule of panels and events that will happen during the convention.

Keep an eye out for that, likely within the next month or so as well!

Help Wanted

Running a convention is a collaborative effort. As always, we're keeping an eye out for critters that would like to lend a hand, and perhaps get a glimpse for how these things work behind the scenes. It's surprisingly fun. If you just want a taste, go ahead and check that volunteer checkbox on your registration form. If you feel you're ready to jump in with both feet, you may consider going right to the Join Staff route. (And yep, we see the couple of applications that came through recently -- give us a little bit to get back to you!)

That's It For Now

So far, we're still a Go. We may not be fully out the pandemic yet, and things can change so rapidly sometimes, but we're still aiming for that light at the end of the tunnel. We're holding onto that hope. And we hope to see you this October!

MCFC 2021 Reg Is Go

Posted 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Are you ready?! It's time, and #MCFC2021 is a go! Let's do it! Get yourself registered and gain admission to the convention here:

Get registered for MCFC

Next, you'll need a hotel room! That's now available, too. Get your hotel reservation here:

Book your room for MCFC

MCFC 2021 Reg: What You Need To Know

Posted 2 months, 4 weeks ago

Registration for MCFC 2021 re-opens Saturday, June 26 at Noon. If you registered in late 2019 or early 2020 for that convention, and didn’t donate it or request a refund, your registration will have been carried over to 2021 and should be still on the books.

If you think you might already be registered but aren’t sure, check your email inbox; re-sent confirmation messages to those still registered should be going out about now.

The link for the hotel reservations will also become available at that time. Keep an eye on the https://motorcityfurrycon.org/hotel/ page for that. We don’t expect a rush on hotel rooms, but then again we’re living in strange times, so it might be a good idea to get yours in sooner than later. In other words, if you’re planning on doing both on the 26th, consider doing the hotel reservation process first, and register second.

Vaccination Policy Update

Earlier, we said we weren’t sure about whether we would require vaccination to attend this year. Now, we’ve decided:

To attend MCFC 2021 all attendees will be required to be COVID-19 vaccinated, or to wear a mask for the duration of the convention.

When you check in at registration to pick up your badge, show them your vaccination card. If you’ve lost your vaccination card or are otherwise unable or unwilling to show it, we will ask you to wear a mask through the entire convention.

These requirements are subject to change depending on state and federal regulations, and pandemic conditions as we get closer to the convention.

Artists Alley and Dealer Table Availability Update

Sorry prospective vendors, we don’t anticipate opening dealers table applications for this year. Similar to registration, we’re carrying over the paid and confirmed dealers from 2020 to this year’s convention. Please keep an eye out after this year for information on becoming a dealer in 2022.

The Artist Alley will be available, though space may be very limited this year. We’re still looking at placement options with our new venue. But if you’re hoping to sit in the AA this year, just be aware that spots are likely to be limited.

That’s it for today! Now we go back to getting everything back up and running, and ready for you this Saturday!