Oh my, look at the clock! Er, calendar. November is here, Midwest FurFest is closing in fast, and tradition dictates that once again it's time for the MIDWEST FURFEST TOP TEN! Every workday between now and just before the convention (we get weekends off because hey, even we get to rest occasionally) we'll be counting down ten important things that you need to know to make your experience at Midwest FurFest simply awesome!
Let's start out with something that is very timely, given approaching deadlines: ON THE VIRTUES OF PRE-REGISTRATION. There are two very important deadlines you need to know about: Thursday, November 1 (THAT'S TODAY!) is the last day for mail-in preregistrations to be postmarked. Also, online registration ends at 11:59 PM CST on Monday, November 5. NOTE: this is earlier than in the past!
And why should you pre-register? Because we'll make it worth your while, that's why! Last year was...not the greatest. We won't lie to you, registrations were not processed as quickly as we, or anyone, would have liked last year. We heard your feedback and we came up with some solutions that we think are going to make a real difference this year. We are completely re-engineering how we handle preregistered badge pickup. All preregistered badges are pre-printed and segregated away from at-the-door registrations. To pick up your badge all you will need to do is show your government-issued ID, sign in, and we'll hand you your badge and registration bag (and sponsor goodies, if you're Sponsor or Shiny Sponsor). You're done, as simple as that. On top of all of this, you can get a jump on picking up your badge on Thursday: pre-registered Sponsors and Shiny Sponsors can get their badge starting at 4:30 PM, all pre-registered badges can be picked up after 5:00 PM, and at 6 PM at-the-door registration opens.
Even if you don't preregister we're improving things on that front too. We have completely revamped our Registration software, using a system that has been tried and tested under fire at other conventions. You will now be typing your registration information directly into kiosks, then showing your government-issued ID to the friendly Registration staffer, who will verify the information you entered. We've even made paying for your badge faster with a credit card swiper for each Registration staffer!
We will have a staff waiting in the Rosemont Foyer (the entrance to Registration and Art Show) to help you find your way, and copious signs that will show you how to painlessly register for Midwest FurFest. After all, if you are picking up your badge on Thursday, you'll want to get over to the Thursday Night Mixer (aka the Maple Syrup Mixer) as quickly as possible! What is that? Oh, you'll have to wait until tomorrow for that Top Ten Entry...
Remember, though, that preregistration is ending very soon! You can download your mail-in registration form or register online at https://www.furfest.org/page/registration
. Tune in tomorrow to see what the next entry will be in the Midwest FurFest Top Ten!