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Prince George’s Northern FanCon still needs more than $50K to make 2020 event possible

Sixth edition of the annual convention set $100K fundraising goal last month

With four days left to go in its crowdfunding campaign, a popular Prince George convention is still in need of financial help.

Northern FanCon began its $100,000 venture on Aug. 30, hoping to bring in that much money to help make its sixth annual event a reality and to-date, they’re still under the halfway to their goal.

According to Northern FanCon’s Kickstarter page, as of this publication, a total of $42,662 has been raised by the public, which includes purchasing advanced single-day tickets, VIP experiences, Ultra-VIP tickets (a new addition to 2020), and even booths, all at discounted rates.

When the campaign was officially announced, UNLTD Media Founding Director Norm Coyne said he was confident in Prince George and northern B.C.’s generosity in one of the marquee events on the city’s calendar.

“Since we started this event, it’s such a big idea and it’s such a big undertaking, I have never ever once doubted that it would move forward. That’s what we do. We do whatever it takes, and we’ll do whatever it takes this time around.”

UNLTD Media is officially riding solo for the first time since Northern FanCon started in 2015.

If the $100,000 comes together by Monday (Sept. 30), the sixth convention would take place at the CN and Kin Centres from May 8 to 10, 2020.

Without that money, Coyne says it becomes difficult to start booking guests and talent.

“There’s a lot of things that come into play,” he said when asked by PrinceGeorgeMatters on Aug. 28 about what it takes to put a science-fiction and fantasy convention together. “Last year was our fifth anniversary, but our attendance dipped slightly, which for something like that, it’s like ‘Wow, that seems kind of odd.’ I think that people need to understand that in order for these things to keep happening, they need to support them. So, it’s absolutely critical to support.”

If you wish to make a donation, or buy advanced tickets, you can do so on Northern FanCon’s website.

Today (Sept. 25), Coyne released the name of one of its first celebrity guests on Facebook, if they get the money for next year.

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