TrotCon’s in the books, y’all. Crazy to think that a week ago we were setting up for 2016, about to get pre-registration pickup ready, generally preparing to have a heck of a good time.
And you know what? We did.
Like, seriously, we’re not just saying that. On the whole, this is probably the most fun we as staff have ever had bringing super happy pony fun times to the masses. Setbacks? Minimal. Disorganization? Eh, we had a few hiccups, but things went smoothly. Shoot, despite a few last-minute cancellations on the panelist front, not to mention one of our VIP guests having to shorten her stay by a day, everything went strangely fine. We’re still sitting here in awe thinking about it.
Hey, after five years, guess it was bound to happen, right?
So here’s the rundown, pones: TrotCon happened over July 15-17 this year, with it being our second time at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North here in Columbus, Ohio. Between five VIPs, six community guests, scores of panels happening all through the night, 60 vendors and 10 musicians, we managed an overall attendance of 950 people (yes, yes, slightly different from the number announced at closing ceremonies. Long story short, make sure you’re counting all your badge categories, mkay? Aight.).
Down from last year? Yeah, but we expected it, with BronyCon, the largest brony convention and one of the best to ever do it, smack dab a weekend before us. How could we not figure a good chunk of folks were gonna do just one? — after all, that’s what many of you told us, with the promise to come back next year if the fates aligned. Many of you continued to express that sentiment throughout the weekend and even so far this week.
Good thing, too — because we’re coming back next year!
No, we can’t announce the dates yet. Contracts and all that ish, y’all, we swear. We do have a date and location, though, so fret ya not. Once the ink is dry, we’ll be announcing our dates for 2017 and tossin’ up that good ol’ registration link for pre-registration badges. And here’s a little hint: if you’ve been coming the last two years to TrotCon, you can probably already narrow it down to one of the weekends, if not the specific weekend we’ll be trotting back to Columbus. Coltumbus? We really should start using that pun again.
Really quick, before we call 2016 a wrap: some thanks are in order — to our wonderful staff and the gophers who helped out at-con this year, for your immeasurable contributions before the convention and at it, and for keeping everything running every hour between 7 a.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Sunday; to our musicians, who threw down one of the best concerts we’ve seen at a con, no doubt; to everyone who ran or participated in a panel, because we wouldn’t be able to have rad things for people to do at the con without you; to the vendors and artists who took time out of their weekend to fill up our artist’s alley and give our guests a varied roster of different things to admire and purchase — you all should be proud of the work you’ve done.
Oh, and of course, to all our attendees: thanks for still coming out after all these years. We’re sad we only get to see you once a year, but we thank you for making it one of the best weekends of our lives when we do.
Now, as for next year: we already have a theme picked out, which we’ll announce once we officially reveal our dates, venue and the like for 2017. Spoiler, though? There’s a very big hint in our con book from 2016. You should read it. Cover to cover. Just sayin’.
Talk soon. Really soon, probably. And thanks again.