Registration

Read This First!

Before registering for Gateway FurMeet, make sure to read through this entire page, so that you understand how the registration process works. If you have any questions, please let us know before you register and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Registration questions can be directed to: Registration@gatewayfurmeet.org .

If you will be under 18 as of the dates of the convention, you will need to download and print our parental permission form, and have it signed and notarized.  Click here to download.

Registration Levels

Membership

This gives you access to all activities and standard convention functions for all three days (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday).

Pricing:

  • July 1st to September 30th: $40
  • October 1st to Jan 31st: $45
  • At the door: $50

Sponsorship

Sponsor shows everyone you like the con and want to help make it better. As a Sponsor, you will receive all of the benefits of attending, as well as the following gifts:

  • Sponsor ribbon
  • T-shirt
  • Thank you gift (surprise)

Pricing:

  • July 1st to September 30th: $75
  • October 1st to Jan 31st: $80
  • At the door: $90

Supersponsorship

Supersponsor shows you really, really like the con and wish to provide something extra to help us continue to bring you the best convention we can. As a Supersponsor, you will receive all of the benefits of attending, as well as the following gifts:

  • Supersponsor ribbon
  • T-shirt
  • Thank you gift (surprise)
  • Guest of honor dinner
  • Special Gift (we love surprises, don’t you?)

Pricing:

  • July 1st to September 30th: $135
  • October 1st to January 31st: $140
  • At the door: $150

Daily

Enjoy Gateway FurMeet for a day at a discounted price. Available Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, this level includes regular admission for one day through the evening. This level is not available online and can only be purchased the day it’s going to be used. If you decide to stay longer, just pay the difference between the daily badge and the registration level you would like. Note: no discount from a night badge can be applied to daily badge purchases.

Pricing:

  • Friday: $30
  • Saturday: $30
  • Sunday: $25

Ages 7-12

For our younger members that are accompanied by their parents/guardians, we offer a discount on our standard membership. This includes admission for all three days (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) or a single day. This level is not available online.

Pricing:

  • Full weekend: $25
  • Friday, Saturday: $15
  • Sunday: $13

Ages 6 & under

For our youngest members, that are accompanied by their parents/guardians, we offer a free badge with the purchase of an adult membership that they can proudly wear around the convention. This level is not available online.

Pricing:

Free with purchase of an adult membership.

Attending Parent

For those parents that aren’t apart of our group, we appreciate you willing to spend part of your weekend with us and want you to enjoy the convention with your child or children. Have a “Tag-along” badge on us. This level is not available online and requires the purchase of at least one full price membership.

Pricing:

  • Free

Please note that minors (under the age of 18 on March 9, 2018) must have a signed and notarized Parental Permission Form in order to attend Gateway FurMeet. A copy of the required form can be downloaded and printed at the top of this page. Additionally, minors under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Frequently Asked Questions

What important deadlines do I need to know about?

January 31, 2018:

  • Pre-registration closes
  • Final day to request a change in your badge name
  • Final day to request a refund of membership

March 16, 2018:

  • Last day to request a rollover of an unused registration

I would like to register by mail. Is that possible?

If there is absolutely no way you can register online, please contact us and we will see what we can do to accommodate you.

I’m only going to be able to attend for one day. Do I need to pay for a full membership?

Not at all, if you will only be attending for one day, there is no need to pre-register. Just come to the registration table at the convention and we’ll be more than happy to provide you with a one day membership.

I am under the age of 18 and would like to attend the convention without my parent or guardian or my child is under 18 and would like to attend. What should I do?

Minors under the age of 18 are not required to have a photo ID to register.  If the parent or guardian is attending along with the minor, just come to registration with your child. No special form is required.

If you are 17, you may attend without a parent or guardian, but we do require a completed and notarized Parental Permission Form to be brought to us. If the minor does not have this form when they arrive or if it’s not completed and notarized, they can not register. We will not accept parental permission granted over the phone or in an email. If the minor happens to turn 18 during the convention, we’ll be happy to provide them with a new badge as a birthday gift, however, we will issue him/her a minor badge at first (and they must have your parental form still) if they check in before their 18th birthday.

If you are between the age of 14 to 16, you must have an adult or guardian on the hotel premises in order to attend the convention. We still require a completed and notarized Parental Permission Form to be brought to us when registering the minor. If you do not have this form or if it’s not completed and notarized, they can not register. We will not accept parental permission granted in person, over the phone, or in an email.

Children between the ages of 7 and 13 can only attend with a parent or guardian. The child must be accompanied by their parent or guardian at all times, unsupervised children will be escorted from the event to the hotel staff. As a courtesy, parents and guardians are offered badges for free so they may stay with their child in convention space.

Thank you for your understanding in this matter and we apologize for the extra work, but unfortunate incidents at other conventions including ours have forced us to take this measure. These policies are in place to protect the convention, it’s team and volunteers, the child and the parents.

What does “Notarized” mean?

That means that you have gotten the parental permission form validated by a notary public. A notary will put a special stamp on the permission form to confirm that it really was signed by your parent or guardian, rather than by some random person with attractive penmanship. Notary services can generally be found at places like banks, post offices, copy shops and insurance agencies. If you’re not sure where to find a notary in your neighborhood, the internet is an excellent place to start.

PLEASE NOTE: We will NOT accept the form if it hasn’t been notarized, period. It may be difficult to locate a notary on short notice and they will want the guardian there, so please plan ahead.

My child is between the ages of 7 and 12, Do I need to buy a membership for them?

Children between the ages of 7 and 12 accompanied by a parent or guardian will be admitted to the convention at half price. Memberships for these children can only be purchased at the door.

My child is under 6 years old and will not be taking part in any of the programming or events. Do I need to buy a membership for them?

Children under the age of 6 accompanied by a parent or guardian will be admitted to the convention for free.

My child is between the ages of 7 and 12 and wants to come, do I need to buy a membership for myself?

We understand that children between the ages of 7 and 12 may want to come to the convention and their parents may not care to attend but have to via state law. (Please note that the tag along badge does not work the same as an attending badge. The tag along badge will not get you into the con suite, or the goodies that paying attendees get.)

I missed the pre-registration deadline. Does this mean I can’t attend the convention?

Of course not! All you have to do is come to the convention registration area, pay your membership fees, and then you can have fun and enjoy the convention and all it has to offer. Although you won’t get the nifty pre-registration discount, we’re still happy to have you, and welcome you to Gateway FurMeet.

I have pre-registered but I haven’t received a confirmation, where is it?

Confirmation emails are sent to all attendees when they register, if you have registered and have not yet received a confirmation, please contact us by sending an email inquiring about the status of your registration. Note that if you registered online and your registration is shown to be confirmed, you are in our database and ready to go.

I pre-registered, but now I find I am unable to attend. Is it possible to get a refund?

We will be happy to issue refunds until the end of pre-registration (January 31st). Please email your request to registration@gatewayfurmeet.org.

I’ve pre-registered, so now what?

Now you get to relax knowing you saved money by pre registering, and also that you have saved yourself time at the convention. When you pre reg you don’t have to wait in extremely long lines to pick up your badge, there is an area just for you when you get to the con. Please remember that whether you pre reg or register at the door, you MUST present a government issued photo ID to receive a badge.

I purchased a membership, but would like to upgrade it.

As of right now we can only upgrade your membership at the convention. You don’t need to stop at a terminal either, just let the friendly registration team know that you want to upgrade and we’ll be happy to help you. Please have your ID and payment ready.

I have purchased a membership but would like to change my badge name.

If you want to change your badge name before the convention, please email your request to us before the end of pre-registration (April 22). Once at the convention, bring your current badge and ID with you to the at the door registration line and we’ll be happy to print you a new badge.

What happens if I arrive after registration has closed for the night? Can I still get in?

If you happen to arrive after registration has closed on Friday or Saturday, you can come to our Con Operations to purchase a temporary badge. You will be asked to fill out a form, read over the Code of Conduct, and pay $20.00 for a night badge. Even if you are pre-registered, you will be asked to pay this amount. The next day, when registration is open, you may bring your night badge back to registration and either collect the twenty dollars if you have preregistered, or use the twenty dollars as a credit to purchase a full badge. Please don’t lose the badge as credit or refund will not be given if it is lost. Also no refund or credit will be given for the purchase of a daily badge.

I am known by many different names and have multiple fursonas. Can I get multiple badges?

Sorry, but the answer to that is no. For security reasons, we will only issue one badge per person. Many of the artists in attendance would be happy to create as many badges for you as you like. We recommend visiting and checking them out in the Artist Alley and the Dealers Den.

If you have any questions that are not posted here please send an email to registration@gatewayfurmeet.org, and we’ll get you some answers.

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