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COVID-19: Northern FanCon postpones 2020 Prince George convention by six months

More than $100,000 was fundraised last year for sixth annual event

Another major Prince George event has been postponed due to concerns of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Northern FanCon, the region’s annual premier science-fiction and entertainment convention, has been postponed to Sept. 25-27, 2020 from its original dates of May 8-10.

“Our hearts go out to our entire community and the world far and wide to everyone impacted by the COVID-19 virus, and all of you, the thousands of attendees who look forward to this event each year,” says FanCon Founder Norm Coyne in a news release.

“Our team was incredibly excited to see you at FanCon in May, however, the safety of the fans, artists, exhibitors, guests and the rest of the community comes first as we hope to see every single one of you for many years to come.”

The new dates will mark the one-year anniversary of Northern FanCon surpassing $100,000 in crowdfunding after UNLTD Media and Events decided to organize on a solo basis and made a call to the public for help.

Since that number was hit, various celebrity guests were announced for the three-day event, such as Tara Reid, Mike Colter (Luke Cage), Summer Glau and Marc Bernardin (Castle Rock).

“We know that this decision is going to greatly impact many of our individual artists, small businesses and vendors of the show,” Coyne added.

“To those whose businesses and livelihoods are affected by this date change and the other shifts in schedules during this time, our team is committed to doing whatever we can to help. In the meantime, deposits will be shifted to the new dates. If for some reason, the new dates do not work for you, please let us know and we will work with you on refund of your deposit.”

Attendees who purchased tickets in advance will be honoured for the new Fall dates.

If you’re unable to make it to Northern FanCon this year, full refunds will be given via TicketsNorth, which customers can expect in 60 days due to the volume.

Northern FanCon has put on conventions for Prince George pop-culture enthusiasts for the last five years since its 2015 inception.