Thank you for attending The Medicine Hat Fan Roundup 2014! It was a lot of work and a lot of fun with the best outcome possible: success!
I have a large bulk of thanks to give out to specific people that I initially started writing at the beginning of this address but decided to move it down more since it’s a little long and everyone really wants to get to the meat of this off the bat. If we didn't thank you below you should have received or will receive an email thanking you personally.
So here it is:
Attendance: 179 people attended! My personal goal was 200 but that just means next year we need to work a little hard to get you guys to come out.
Amount raised for The Women’s Shelter: $500
Our local Panago owner, Barb, has also expressed interest in continuing our relationship for years to come so we can continue to support our local charities and help in our community more!
Maid Café Tickets: 36 out of 39 tickets sold! It was supposed to be 40 but Neoko got hungry -.-
Fan Favorites: Name That Tune, Cards Against Humanity, Big L Match Game, 404s Comedy Troupe
Fan Unfavorites: Distance between events (we hear you -.-), too many events not enough time, more food options
Cosplay Contest Winners:
Best in Show
We also had several honorable mentions that we made sure to have a group shot with!
1 Emma Browning - (AnoHana - Rubix Cube): Best Drama AMV
2 Kemar Cunningham - (Attack on Titan - The Phoenix): Best Action AMV
3 Emma Browning - (FMA -The Phoenix): Judge's Choice
All three can be viewed on our Facebook Page
Next Year's Theme:
Lessons Learned This Year:
We learned quickly this year that we had a lot of content which for the amount of attendees we are pulling is actually a bad thing. Next year we will be reducing the amount of panels and taking the "Quality over Quantity" motto to heart. Filling up the panels we have is a priority!
We also know all too well that the event was spread too far across the College. This is not exactly a lesson learned as more of - This is what we were given to work with. Like every year, we will aim to get the S wing because it is the most ideal location for our event.
The Thank Yous!
We want to thank each of our exhibitors for coming out and supporting the event. In particular we wanted to show appreciation for:
Ed Lukowich and Edge Publishing – Edge Publishing has continued to come out and support our convention year after year and it’s due in part to them that we were able to make contact with Ed. Mr. Lukowich was also a wonderful person to meet and talk to and I hope the experience was a good one.
Helen Stringer – You are simply adorable. I could not describe you any differently if I had only 1 word to do it. We appreciate you coming and your enthusiasm towards us and the attendees was a bright spot.
Thomas and the Force Start Entertainment team – This year may not have happened without your support and your offer to help us so much. We love you guys and want to keep working with you!
Jesse and the Red Rage Comics Crew – The Cosplay Contest saviors! Getting you on as our sponsor and as a judge got the ball rolling very fast for other judges and the ability to make the Cosplay Contest the success it was!
Ballto and Big L Productions – Same as above! You helped us out a lot with the Cosplay contest not only judging but basically M/C’ing it as you went – and your one Pinky Pie actress was a very enthusiastic and unexpected entertainer during the intermissions. We also loved the Match Games and hope you bring it back for us again.
Tony Allen – our local radio DJ was an enthusiastic participant as a guest judge and he filled out our Guest Judge Panel well.
I obviously can’t thank everyone individually here but I have and am continuing the individual thank you’s personally to everyone I have contact information for.
I would be remiss if I didn't give a shout out to our performers of the day Fire Dragon Taekwando, Ka Muso Kai and Olwyn Supeene. You guys were all fantastic!
Thank you to all our attendees and to everyone who made this event what it is. We hope you come out again for 2015 with a smile on y'arr face. XD
Krys and the MHFRU Crew