On November 20-22, I was a merchant at the first Foxprowl-Con at the Clarion Hotel in Batavia, NY. I signed up for this show after hearing about it at another con. On the plus side, the staff was very nice at check-in, and I was able to attend some events during the con.
On the minus side, the convention was quite small, and the high ticket prices for attendees ($70 for the weekend, $35 for Friday or Sunday, and $45 for Saturday) didn’t leave them with much to spend at the merchant tables. I didn’t even make back the table fee ($125 for a six-foot space and two badges), which was disheartening for a three-day con. Most of the merchants were in the hotel ballroom, which was not well-lit after dark. To add to that problem, most of the tables were not located near electrical outlets, forcing merchants to bring battery-powered light sources to illuminate their tables.
In their defense, this *was* their first event; perhaps future ones will be better.