MCFC Postponed Until 2021
We know you've eagerly been awaiting news on the updated schedule for MCFC, especially in the hope that we could have the convention later in the year.
Sadly, the next Motor City Furry Convention has been postponed into 2021.
For the details on the decision, please read this statement from our con chair Keet Collie.
Hello everybody, my name is Keet. I am the convention chairman for Motor City Furry Con. Today I would like to have a frank discussion with you about the prospects of running the con this year. I personally do not believe in sugar-coating anything or coming up with flowery words. I would like to give everyone this information as straightforward and honestly as possible. Over the last month, both myself and the board of directors for the convention have been investigating the option of running MCFC during the fall of 2020. As many of you may know, there are a number of factors which would affect the decision to run the event this year. Those factors include, but are not limited to, the hotel’s capacity to accommodate us, our staff’s ability to adjust to the new dates, and our attendees’ ability to come to the convention, given the high rate of unemployment and loss of income and P.T.O. All of these affect the financial ability of our convention to operate. We have taken these factors into account, and though our hotel is willing to work with us and our staff is more than capable to move to new dates, with the current uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided it would not be a prudent decision to run the event this year. Although we would like nothing more than to put on this event later in the year, we feel, as a board, that it is in the best interest of the con and our attendees to postpone until 2021. We do not take this decision lightly and it saddens us greatly to have to postpone MCFC until 2021, but it feels like the right decision for everyone involved. We also felt it was prudent to not scramble to try to run an event later on in the year, as there are many already planned and established events running in that timeframe. We would like to not have a negative impact on other conventions, and we encourage you to support them during this unprecedented time. Additionally, as many of you may understand, there are a certain number of fixed costs involved with running an event which cannot be reduced. We felt it is better to not cut other costs and provide a sub-par event in 2020, with the possibility of damaging our ability to run the event in future years. Our intention is to postpone the convention to 2021, when we can hit the ground running to give you the best event we possibly can. Please take heart in the fact that MCFC is in a good financial and staffing position to continue on after this setback. We look forward to welcoming you back next year. I know this is a great disappointment to all of you and to a great number of our staff, and I appreciate your understanding in this matter. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We know you have a hundred questions, and we’ll try to answer as many as we can:
When will MCFC return?
We’re actively looking at a few options and keeping eyes on several factors. As soon as we have the new dates, we'll let you know!
Registration: What happens to my registration info and fee?
If you're still registered for 2020, we have the three options for how we can handle your registration:
- Keep your registration. If you choose to take no action, we’ll hold onto your info. You’ll be considered registered, paid, and otherwise all set for when we reschedule the event.
- Request a refund. If you’re unsure you’ll be able to make the rescheduled event, or just want to have a refund of your registration fee issued, just let us know.
- Donate your registration fee. Thank you! This will help us cover any non-refundable costs so we’re better prepared when we’re able to reschedule.
These options are available in your registration confirmation link. If you need help finding that link, see the question below.
Registration: How do I request a refund?
When you originally registered for the convention you receveid an email which contained a confirmation link. If you’re ready to make a choice, find that email and visit your confirmation link inside. (It's the one that ends in /confirm/ with some random letters or numbers after it.)
When you access the confirmation page, you’ll see buttons that let you choose what to do.
If you can’t find your confirmation link or have other questions about the process, email email@example.com. But please be patient, the registration volunteers are handling an enormous volume of requests now.
Refund requests take a couple of weeks to process, and will return to the original credit card used. If you’ve upgraded your registration, you’ll see multiple refund transactions at the same time (one for the initial reg, followed by any upgrade payments.) Dealers had table payments rolled in with the registration, so all of that will be refunded together.
Registration: When do I need to choose the registration refund option?
We don't currently have a deadline for refund requests, and we expect to have that option available up through when the new dates are available. If you want to hold onto your registration and see if you can attend once the new dates are announced, you can make that decision at that time. We'll set and announce a deadline after that. Any registrations that haven't been refunded or donated after that deadline will be kept for the convention.
Programming: I was going to run a panel, do I need to re-apply?
Nope, we're trying to roll as much forward as we can, including the schedule. If you were running a panel before, we're hoping you'll still be willing and available to run it in 2021!
New confirmation emails will be sent out closer to the convention. Note that the schedule may need to be rearranged, so please read over the confirmation email and respond to it to say whether or not you'll be able to do it.
Of course if you find that you won't be able to make it when the rescueduled dates become available, no worries, just please let firstname.lastname@example.org know.
Dealers: I was planning to be a vendor, do I need to re-apply?
Similarly, we're trying to carry forward as much as we can, so if you had been accepted as a dealer for 2020, you won't need to reapply for 2021.
Once the rescheduled dates are available, if you're unable to attend please let email@example.com know ASAP.
We may open applications for 2021 in case we need to fill in any spots. Watch for announcements for that once we get closer to the convention.
Hotel: When will hotel registration be available?
Keep an eye out for announcements for hotel information once the new dates are available, and the details on the room reservation procedure then.
I've donated my reg, is there any other way I can help?
Thank you so much! We've received several offers for additional donations, but we don't have any methods for that right now. Honestly, we're okay! But thank you for asking!
If you want to help in other ways, please consider volunteering for when the convention happens, or even throwing your name into the hat for a staff position.
Any Other Questions?
Feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any other questions you have. (Or, refresh this page; we’ll try to keep this up to date with other frequently asked questions as they come through.)
We will see you all again soon.
Keet -- MCFC Chair
ArtKit -- MCFC Vice Chair
MCFC board members Bismarck, Drykath, Edward, Nizzbit, Red Unicorn
And the rest of the MCFC Staff Family
- Friday, March 13, 2020: Initial release.
- Monday, March 16, 2020: Hotel process update, automatic cancellation of rooms.
- Wednesday, March 18, 2020: Automated registration refund/donation process is in place.
- Saturday, March 28, 2020: Link to MCFC 20202 Rescheduling Poll.
- Friday, May 1st, 2020: Officially postponed until 2021.