Furry Connection North
In a statement, chairman Gir Tygrin detailed the group's struggle to deal with the growth of the organization, and their ultimate decision that the amount of work needed to allow FCN to continue to exist and "not change its core mission":
[…] would be unrealistic and would potentially compromise the integrity of the event.
The organization's supplies and funds are to be donated to other events and charities; the latter have already received $21,299.67 from this year's charity fundraising efforts.
Overall registering 10 minors took us as long as the other roughly 400 preregistrations. Considering the total attendance for FCN 2012 was 1127 this meant that the total minor registrations constituted less than 1% of total attendees.
It became obvious to us at that point that Furry Connection North does not appeal to the under 18 demographic. That combined with the serious burden that minor registration placed on our registration department compelled our board of directors to decide to eliminate minor registration from FCN.
Online registration for Furry Connection North closes today. At-the-door pricing will be $5 more for sponsors and attending members.
The furcon world was hit by amazement in October as 2 "the Ranting" Gryphon announced the launching of a new convention on his website, with himself as vice chairman. The already established MichiganFurs group are hosting the con.
Furry Connection North will be the first convention in the Michigan area and is set to take place April 11th to 13th, 2008.
Promised attractions include a disco, laser show, "make-your-own-programming" room, and appearances by 2 the Ranting Gryphon and Uncle Kage. Latin Vixen, co-owner of mascot maker MixedCandy, is slated as the Guest of Honor.
Registration before March 11 costs $25, or $50 for "Pimp" (sponsor) status, which comes with access to the con suite, free beer and "a few special gifts." Hotel reservations are not yet available, but a room rate of $67/$75 for King/Double rooms is advertised, along with free wireless Internet and breakfast.