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Katie “Lynx” B
Role Play Extraordinaire & Geeky Convention Planner
Role Play Extraordinaire & Geeky Convention Planner

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The cherry blossoms are in bloom at Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan! From 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM enjoy the sights, sounds, and scents of the beautifully crafted 8-acre Japanese Garden in this once a year spectacular!

Adults (14 – 64) $12
Seniors (65 and older) $9
Students (with student ID) $9
Children (5–13) $6
Children (3–4) $4
Children (2 and younger) Free
((Booking 10+ group gets discounts!))

Mostly cloudy with chance of rain, high in the mid 50s. Bring your umbrella and plan for a little mud!

Wear something comfortable with good walking shoes.
Yukata (summer event kimono) and Yukata/Kimono themed shirts and/or pants/shirts are more than welcome.

Disclaimer: This is not an official Frederik Meijer Gardens event.

Joel, it's not your business when you're stealing.

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This is wonderful.

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Recently I've heard a few people complain about the price increase of badges at certain conventions. Now, this year is the second year Shuto Con has had this price point, and it's for a good reason.

For the very first year when it was a quarter the size the early bird price for a 2-day was $25 and at con was $35. They had the second floor of the Radisson Hotel rented out, the smallest hall in the Lansing Center, and a few conference rooms in the Lansing Center.

When they went to a 3-day event it went up with a very early bird price of $25, $35 being the final tier before at door prices of $40. It was a little bigger with a few extra rooms in the Lansing Center rented out for more panels.

When they finally rented out the Lansing Center as a whole, but not overnight, it went up to $35 early bird, $40 final tier, and $45 at the door. They doubled in size in that year both in attendance and in space rented and offered a lot more prizes at different events.

Then they opened up the Lansing Center to 24 hours and started paying all the staff and crew (previously all volunteers) partially to follow labor laws and mainly because the con chairs didn't feel right making money off something they all made happen. That's when the price went to the current tier system: $35 early bird, $45 mid year, $50 final tier, and $55 at the door.


I always recommend going for the early bird if you know you're going to go. And if you find out later that you're not going, you can transfer your badge to someone else until about a month before the convention. If you run into Shuto Con hosting a booth at another convention you can usually save an additional $5 on your badge tickets. There are quite a few ways to keep the price down. If the prices stayed as low as they were in the beginning, the event wouldn't have grown at all.

I no longer buy for awareness, my money is better spent on a cure.

King Arthur X Prince Charm
Yes please. OTP

I have no idea who that is.
After googling I find I still don't know who that is. Thought it would be a big deal.

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Dirty. My favorite.
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