Q: When is the con?
A: August 23-25, 2019
Q: Why a furry convention in Spokane?
A: Why are you asking us silly questions? The more, the merrier! We felt it was time for the Inland Northwest to have its own convention. Furvana, Anthro Northwest, Furlandia, and Vancoufur are well established already in the Pacific Northwest and are doing very well! And plus, the furry community in Spokane and the surrounding areas is rapidly growing! We have every reason to increase exposure of our creative and artistic culture in as many outlets as possible.
Q: Is this an all age inclusive convention?
A: Like most conventions, we aim to cater to people of all ages! Families are always welcomed. However, we know that there are those who have a taste for the “Wild Side of the Fandom!” Don’t worry, we don’t plan to abolish those types of events whatsoever. However, bear (rawr) in mind that there are rules. The code of conduct must be followed; common decency dictates that you should remain considerate to others. Attending the 18+ panels? Great! Walking down the hallway in questionable attire? Please think again.
Q: Why is everything still in development?
A: There is a lot of work and planning when building any kind of convention from the ground up. All of this effort can be quite daunting and challenging, but these are all good reasons why it is so satisfying. In order to provide you with an amazing experience, we want to make sure that we’ve covered every detail. There is no Furry Godmother to wave a wand and make it all happen; just a pen, some ideas, motivated people and time.
Q. What took you so long to get a decent website up and running?
A: In hindsight, it would have been much better for us to get the full site prepared before we launched publicly. The original website was only supposed to be online for a short time, but lack of experienced web designers / coders drew the development of the replacement out much further than anticipated. (On that note, we're always happy to have more help–both on the website, and in every other area!)
Q: I know that marijuana is legal in Washington. Can I smoke it at SponAnthro?
A: No. While marijuana has been legalized in Washington state, it is still against Ruby River Inn policy to smoke or vaporize it on premises (all buildings, parking areas, grassed areas, sidewalks etc.). Breaking this policy is grounds for removal from the hotel, which includes an automatic forfeiture of your convention membership.
Q: Can I have alcoholic beverages in convention space?
A: The Ruby River Inn's liquor license only covers alcohol purchased from their bars, so the only alcohol that is legally allowed around the convention center and hotel, outside of your own private room, is alcohol purchased from the hotel restaurant and bar.
Q: How do I volunteer?
A: Visit our volunteers page.
Q: How much are memberships?
A: Please visit the registration page here.
Q: What is your badging policy?
A: At SpokAnthro, you need a current-year membership badge. Every attendee is provided with a lanyard as well. For a badge to be valid at SpokAnthro 2019, you must have the badge AND the lanyard in your possession when inside convention space, and must show both of them upon request.
Q: If I pre-register and can't attend SpokAnthro 2019, may I roll my membership over to SpokAnthro 2020?
A: Generally we do not roll over memberships. If you have questions about this policy, you may email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: When will SpokAnthro mail me my conbadge / tickets?
A: SpokAnthro doesn't mail badges - they are pickup at the door only.
Q: What do I need to have with me when I check-in?
A: You need to have a government-issued ID. If you are a dealer, you must also have a valid, current Washington State tax ID.
Q: How much is a hotel room?
A: $95 USD per night plus tax.
Q: Who are our overflow hotels?
A: SpokAnthro 2019 does not have any official overflow hotels at this time, but you can contact any of the hotels around the Ruby River Inn and request a room.
Q: Is there a waitlist for rooms at the Ruby River Inn after it fills up?
A: No. Once the Ruby River Inn is full, you should start contacting any of the hotel around the Ruby River Inn and request a room.
Q: Can I sleep in the hotel parking lot / lobby / pool / etc.?
A: The only place one may sleep on hotel property is in a guest room.
Q: Can I park my semi-tractor, RV, motor home, bus, or other large vehicle at SpokAnthro?
A: No, the hotel doesn't have parking spaces for large vehicles.
Q: Does the hotel have a 'Quiet Area'?
A: No specific area is designated, however many of our attendees book a room in the tower section of the hotel. You can request your room be placed there by contacting the Ruby River Inn directly.
Q: Where is the Dealers Den located?
A: We're currently working on this.
Q: Why should I want to be a dealer at SponAnthro?
A: It's a great opportunity to share and sell your creations to the furry community, make connections, showcase your talent, and network with other artists.
Q: What is required to be a Dealer?
A: You must:
- Be at least 18 years old.
- Have a valid Washington State Tax ID.
- Have a membership to SponAnthro 2019.
- Have the ability to attend the convention.
- Agree to Conduct Policy & SponAnthro Dealers Den Terms of Agreement. You will be required to sign these documents before setting up.
Q: Do I need to have my Tax ID when I apply?
A: No. Once you're approved for the Dealers Den you will need you have it recorded in our records by June 9, 2019 11:59:59 PM.
Q: How do I get a WA Tax ID?
A: You can acquire a temporary Tax ID very easily by going here.
Q: What does it cost to get a WA Tax ID?
A: It's free! It normally takes approximately a week to receive after application.
Q: Can I have an assistant?
A: Yes, you may have one assistant.
Q: Can I let a friend sell at my table with me?
Q: If I have questions about Dealers Den stuff, who do I talk to?
A: Please contact us at email@example.com.
Q: Where can I find the most up to date information about the convention and Dealers Den?
A: The SpokAnthro website is the most accurate source for the information that you, as a dealer, need to know about SpokAnthro. Check the site at least once a week for updates. We will also publish information @SpokAnthro on Twitter to keep you up to date.
Q: Is my convention membership included in the price of my Dealers Den table?
A: No, you must buy your membership separately, however this is part of the dealer application process.
Q: What do tables cost?
A: Tables will cost the following:
- $30 - Half tables
- $45 - Full tables
Q: What do convention memberships cost?
A: Please see the Registration page on the SpokAnthro website for the most up to date information about membership levels.
Q: What if I have my own standing displays and don't want a table?
A: We can have the table removed for you, but you must let us know in advance.
Q: How do I start my application to be a dealer?
A: Please go to the Dealers Den page here.
Q: I already have a convention membership. Can I use that one or do I have to buy a special dealer membership?
A: If you have already purchased a convention membership for 2019 you can use that membership for Dealers Den. There is no separate membership type for dealers.
Q: I can't make it but I have a friend who can take my table. Can they just come instead of me?
Q: Can I appoint an agent to sell my items in the Dealers Den?
Q: Am I allowed to sell outside the Dealers Den or outside selling hours?
Q: What will selling, registration, and setup hours be?
A: These will be posted on the Dealers Den web page here.
Q: When can I register my assistant?
A: Your assistant can be registered with the Dealers Den staff at any time. They must sign the Dealers Den Terms of Agreement at the convention in order to be eligible.
Q: Will there be internet connectivity and what will it cost?
A: Yes, the hotel offers free WiFi.
Q: Will there be electricity?
A: We will announce the this shortly. Thank you for your patience.
Q: How much storage space is there behind the table?
A: Approximately three feet to four feet of space.