FuMPFest

2021 COVID-19 Statement

August 20-22, 2021 • Chicago, IL

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2021-08-28

Thank You for a Wonderful Event!

It's been a week and we're still getting settled into the real world after getting back from FuMPFest. But we wanted to give you an update on things. The event went beautifully! There were some minor technical glitches along the way but nothing we couldn't deal with. Several people said this was the best FuMPFest ever and we are finding it hard to disagree with them.

We need to give a big thank you to Dr. Demento for coming out to be our guest of honor again this year. And a big thank you to Sulu, Beefalo Bill, Jungle Judy, and Artie Barnes for appearing on the Sidekicks panel. Bill had some amazing photos from his days on The Dr. Demento Show which unfortunately he didn't get to share with too many people. Sulu performed two songs during the weekend, including a new tribute to Dr. Demento.

We need to thank all our performers: Bad Beth and Beyond, Bill Larkin, Carla Ulbrich, Carrie Dahlby, Ian Lockwood, Insane Ian, Nuclear Bubble Wrap, Ross Childs, Steve Goodie, The Gothsicles, the great Luke Ski, and Worm Quartet, plus Regdar and the Fighters, Soggy Potato Chips, Karl Brown, Captain Ambivalent, Brett Glass, Holy Bongwater, and the Suffock and Good Players.

Special thanks to all our volunteers who ran Registration and Table 27: Jered Perez, Ellen Macas, Kristina Winslow, Brett Krause, Doornail, and James Russell. Thanks to Chris Mezzolesta for running sound once again and Insane Ian for hosting again. And thank you to Old Spice for sanitizing the microphones between acts.

Thank you to all of our sponsors and advertisers who really helped us out this year in putting on the event, especially Demented Punk Records who donated merchandise to our raffle and sent us the new Barnes and Barnes video to premiere.

Thank you to everyone for coming and thank you for wearing masks to keep us all safe!

Congratulations to Whitney Avalon for winning the Logan Award for Outstanding Original Comedy Song and to Devo Spice for winning the other two! Thank you to everyone who participated in Dumb Parody Ideas and congratulations to Shoebox of Worm Quartet for winning the Golden Spatula! Congratulations to Jeff Morris for winning the What The FuMP game show! Finally, congratulations to Jamie & Theresa LocPort for winning the video contest for their video for "Shiny Math Rocks" by Mikey Mason.

T-Shirts

If you pre-ordered a t-shirt and did not pick it up at the event your shirt was shipped out yesterday. If you did pick it up we will be issuing the refunds for shipping shortly.

If you have not yet bought a shirt and still want one we have a handful of shirts left, in Large and Small sizes only. You can order yours in the store while supplies last. Click here to order your shirt.

Relive the Magic

If you missed any of the events from FuMPFest you can watch the videos of the streams on our Twitch channel. Note that Twitch only keeps the videos up for around 10 days after the initial stream, so watch them soon before they disappear.

We also updated our Archive section with a page for 2021 where you can see some photos from this year's event.

If you have any photos you would like to share with the community we would appreciate it if you shared them on our Facebook page.

What Does the Future Hold?

We don't know yet. We are currently not taking pre-orders for any future events because we don't know yet what we are going to do. Once we get the final numbers from the hotel and Table 27 we will evaluate our situation and decide from there. The hard truth is that our expenses have been going up each year and our attendance has not. Unless something changes we won't be able to continue putting on this convention. As much fun as this weekend is it's a ton of work and a money-losing venture so we can't keep doing it the way we're doing it. As soon as we know anything more specific we will let you know.

Thank you to everyone who supported us both this year and in previous years! And if nothing else, there will be a 2-CD set produced from the recordings of this year's event. So look forward to that.

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2021-08-06

COVID Update

We are still in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and due to the more contagious Delta variant of the disease cases are once again rising. For this reason we are encouraging all attendees to wear masks while at the event.

We are planning to do everything in our power to keep our guests safe. Masks will be provided, as will hand sanitizer. We do not expect the venue to be overly crowded so it should be possible to maintain social distance while in the audience.

At this point we are proceeding as planned with the convention. We have no plans to cancel the event and, in fact, can't unless the state of Illinois bans indoor gatherings of this size again. We do not anticipate that happening. However, we certainly do not want anyone getting sick and will do everything in our power to keep everyone safe.

Artemis Room Canceled

In other news, we were just informed that The Royal Manticoran Navy will not be able to run their Artemis room as planned due to not being able to get enough volunteers for the event. We apologize to anyone who was looking forward to trying their hands at interstellar warfare. I know we were.

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2021-07-27

New Sponsor: Duncan Law Group!

Please join us in welcoming our newest sponsor, Duncan Law Group!

Duncan Law Group is proud to help residents of Chicago seek justice after devastating injuries. Contact us today to speak with an experienced and compassionate personal injury attorney.

Visit duncanlawgroup.com for more information.

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