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Midwest FurFest September Newsletter

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Why hello out there fellow travelers! Now that Mephit FurMeet is over with, we thought we would like to remind you that Midwest FurFest is now only a little over two months away. We are getting the hot air balloon* ready for our trip and we are hoping you will be able to join us for a wonderful time November 19th-21st, 2004!

This is our fifth year and are hoping to see our old friends along with many new faces, so we are working hard to make this a wonderful convention for everyone out there. So why not register and let us show you how to go 'Around the World in 80 Days.'

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Midwest FurFest September Newsletter:

Why hello out there fellow travelers! Now that Mephit FurMeet is over with, we thought we would like to remind you that Midwest FurFest is now only a little over two months away. We are getting the hot air balloon* ready for our trip and we are hoping you will be able to join us for a wonderful time November 19th-21st, 2004!

This is our fifth year and are hoping to see our old friends along with many new faces, so we are working hard to make this a wonderful convention for everyone out there. So why not register and let us show you how to go 'Around the World in 80 Days.'

*There will not be a real hot air balloon at the convention

In This Issue:

Registration
Hotel News
Charity Auction
Dealer's Room
Art Show
Artists Alley
Convention Book Submissions
Furry Variety Show
2003 Souvenir Video
Video Room
Volunteering at FurFest
Mailing Lists

<-*-*-*-> Registration <-*-*-*->

THE END IS NEAR!

Yes, at the end of September the early pre-registration rate for Midwest FurFest will disappear! Starting October 1, 2004, the pre-registration rate will jump from $30 to $40. How do you avoid having to pay this extra money? Easy! Simply point your browser to http://www.furfest.org/registration. You can download a registration form there, or register online. It's as simple as that. Remember though, to get the special early pre-registration rate, you'll need to register online before midnight, September 30, or make sure that your mailed-in registration is postmarked by September 30.

SPONSORS

Want to help support Midwest FurFest? Want to have lunch with the Guests of Honor? Want to get neat stuff? If you said yes to any of these, then you can register as a sponsor. For only $100, you can have lunch with the Guests of Honor, get neat little gifts (T-shirt/Pin/prints/something neat), and you will have the gratitude from the staff of Midwest FurFest.

NEW FORM FOR MINORS

In the past we have had some questions about what exactly is needed for minors to attend Midwest FurFest. We have simplified this with a Parental Consent Form for Minors (available at http://www.furfest.org/registration/minorform.pdf). How does this work?

If you will be 16 or 17 years old on Friday, November 19, 2004 and wish to attend Midwest FurFest without your parent or guardian with you, you MUST have this form signed by your parent or guardian and notarized. You will not be admitted to the convention without this form, fully completed.

If you are below the age of 16, you must be accompanied by your parent or guardian. If you are not accompanied, you will not be admitted to the convention.

Again, we apologize that we must make these rules but they are necessary in this litigious age.

A GENTLE REMINDER

Finally, a reminder to all attendees that you MUST have a valid photo I.D. to receive a badge. If you do not have a valid photo I.D., we cannot give you a badge and you will not be admitted to the convention.

Questions? Drop us a line at registration@furfest.org

<-*-*-*-> Hotel News <-*-*-*->

Just a reminder-- Hotel rooms start going quickly in September, and if you want to be sure of getting a room, you should make your reservation soon. Call the hotel at (847) 605-1234 and mention Midwest FurFest to get the con rate of $89/night.

<-*-*-*-> Charity Auction <-*-*-*->

Welcome, Furry Friends Foundation!

For 2004, Midwest Furfest welcomes Furry Friends Foundation (www.furryfriendsfoundation.com), a local no-kill shelter. Located in the heart of Chicago, and founded in 1998, Furry Friends has placed over 1500 dogs, cats, rodents, birds, reptiles, and other needy animals in good homes. Furry Friends is supported solely through donations from the community, and Furfest is thrilled to be hosting them for this year's Charity Auction!

Furry Friends is currently more in need of donations than ever. They just received a new facility from a generous benefactor, which will allow them to consolidate their shelter operations under one roof. It will also allow them to greatly expand the services they offer. But new treatment rooms and dog runs don't come cheap!

Year after year, Midwest Furfest's generous donors and bidders have gone above and beyond in the cause of helping local animals. We're hoping that this year, we can all make a big dent in the remodeling costs for Furry Friends! For details on how to donate, go to www.furfest.org/events/auction.

<-*-*-*-> Dealer's Room <-*-*-*->

The Dealers Room is full! We do offer a waiting list, however, please contact dealers@furfest.org for information about being added to the waiting list. A list with all of the attending dealers is available at http://www.furfest.org/dealers.

<-*-*-*-> Art Show <-*-*-*->

Calling all artists! FurFest is just around the corner, but we still have panels and table space available. If you haven't gotten your reservations printed out and mailed in, don't hesitate one moment longer because we're filling up fast.

The Art Show Rules and Reservation Form are available on the FurFest website, easily accessed at http://www.furfest.org/events/artshow. Deadline for space reservations is September 30th, We still have slots for mail-in artists, so if you can't attend the con you can still display your work at our event.

If you have any questions or wish to confirm the receipt of your reservation form, please feel free to e-mail Feren with your inquiry at artshow-confirm@furfest.org

We look forward to seeing you in MFF 2004's Art Show!

<-*-*-*-> Artists alley <-*-*-*->

Information for MFF's Artist Alley is now available on the website.
Please take a moment and read over it if you are interested in participating. Due to popular demand, we have made some changes this year, check out the changes in the rules at http://www.furfest.org/events/artistsalley. If you have any questions, please let Genet know at artistalley@furfest.org.

<-*-*-*->Convention Book Submissions <-*-*-*->

We still have space in our program book for advertisements. The costs are as follows: Full page (8.5"x11") $50 Half page $30 Quarter Page $20 Business Card Size $10 All advertising must be camera ready. PDF files with embedded fonts are preferred, 300dpi or greater resolution, please. Please email publications@furfest.org if you are interested in purchasing ad space.

We're also looking for spot art. If you'd like to showcase your artwork in the convention book, you can! Artwork relating to our theme of 'Around the World in 80 Days' is always appreciated, but we'll also use any furry-related, PG artwork, black and white or grayscale, of most any size. Again, 300dpi or greater TIFF or PDF files are preferred. Email publications@furfest.org if you're interested in helping out.

<-*-*-*-> Furry Variety Show <-*-*-*->

Furry Variety Show wants YOU!
Friday night is our famous Furry Variety Show - This event combines the fun of a masquerade and a vaudeville show. Ready made acts are quite welcome, but if you just have a suit and want tojoin, we'll provide the act! Contact fursuits@furfest.org to join the fun.

<-*-*-*-> 2003 Souvenir Video <-*-*-*->

Did you attend Midwest FurFest in 2003? Want something to show how cool it was to the rest of your friends? The Midwest FurFest DVD is now available for sale in our online webstore at <http://www.furfest.org/store> for only $25. The DVD contains a complete record of Midwest FurFest's Furry Variety Show, as well as a compilation of many other main stage events that occurred throughout the weekend.

<-*-*-*-> Video Room <-*-*-*->

The video room is getting ready to show some recurring favorites as well as some newly discovered treasures. There is also in the works, a panel going to be in the video room, hosted by Socks tentatively called "Strange Things I Found on the Net". Check the nifty Pocket Program for the date and time of this strange and intriguing panel.

<-*-*-*-> Volunteering at FurFest <-*-*-*->

Want to see Midwest Furfest 2005 for free?

Need a place to hang your hat (or tails, ears, or hooves...) at Midwest Furfest 2004?

You've got needs, and Midwest Furfest has the solution for them--become a gopher!

Thrill to the rush of setting critical convention areas up! Experience the exhilaration of serving food and drink in the con suite! Brave the hordes rushing the convention space--like dances, the Furry Variety Show, and the dealer's room-- making sure that all have appropriate badges displayed! Adventure in the Art Show! Protect the Internet Room! And more! It takes a lot of people to make the convention happen, and our Furfest gophers are the backbone of that unstoppable, motivating force of volunteers!

For just ten hours of your time, you can have a complimentary membership rolled over for Midwest Furfest 2005. And to make your gophering experience at Midwest Furfest 2004 easier, your ten hours also make you eligible for crash space in the Gopher Hole--a place to sleep and hone your hygenic skills throughout the con.

Thrilling adventures and rewards await you as a Furfest gopher! Visit http://www.furfest.org/gophers and embark on your voyage today!

<-*-*-*-> Mailing lists <-*-*-*->

Midwest FurFest has two mailing lists available: MFF-Announce is for official announcements only. You should receive only a few messages per month maximum from this list.

MFF-Talk is a discussion list, a place to ask questions or talk about Midwest FurFest. The number of messages on this list will depend on the subscribers. There is also a digest format available for this list.

You can subscribe to any of these lists by emailing major@furfest.org with any subject, and in the message put:

subscribe mff-announce or subscribe mff-talk or subscribe mff-talk-digest

When you subscribe to either list, information will be sent to you on how to unsubscribe, should you wish to do so later. 'Major' (Majordomo) is an automated process, you should not send mail to 'major' other than subscribe, unsubscribe, and other commands that will be explained in your welcome message. Any questions about 'Major' may be directed to puma@catbox.com

<-*-*-*-> In Conclusion <-*-*-*->

*There will not be a real hot air balloon at the convention

Midwest Furfest & MFF Newsletter are productions of Midwest Furry Fandom, Inc 2004

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