I remember attending CAPCon 2012. It was actually CAPCon #2. And from their first convention to that second one, their attendance had doubled. There were 90 or so people there. And at the time, it was the largest gathering of ABDLers I had ever seen at a single-fetish event. (Yes, I had seen more than 90 ABDLers at FetFest 2011, but that was a multi-fetish event.)
CAPCon 2013 held the same number of attendees as the convention had chosen to focus in a particular direction. But the same con space and the same atmosphere brought different classes, different experiences and even a podcast recording.
CAPCon 2014 not only shot the attendance over 200, but it actually sold out for the first time. A new hotel and con space as well as new classes and a growing-trend of room parties had made the convention an established annual event that wasn’t to be missed.
CAPCon 2015 sold out again, pushing the numbers very close to 300 and was now held in the biggest convention space I had ever seen. The room was enormous with very high ceilings and a magnanimous way of making everyone feel small – a feeling nobody complained about. ;)
I would give anything to go back and experience the first CAPCon in 2011, just to witness the foundations being laid for the proven GrandDaddy of the common era. But if I had done that, I might not have been as enchanted as I was at CAPCon 2012.
Pennsylvania is moving ever-closer to allowing alcohol to be sold everywhere. Unlike most every other state, the only place you can buy any alcohol at all is at a beer distributor or a state liquor store. What this means is: In PA, you will find no alcohol at grocery stores or Wal-Marts or gas stations. Any time I visit friends in other states, I’m still blown out of the water by the beer section at stores there.
But recently, certain grocery stores in PA have been licensed to have “beer cafes” on the premises. In short explanation, you are allowed to go into this section of the grocery store and make a personalized six-pack out of the beers that are offered.
This may seem minute to most, but it’s a major step in the right direction for Pennsylvania. And what an enchanting way to usher in the inevitable. You can make a sample six-pack.
This year, CAPCon turns six. (Can you see where I’m headed with this analogy? ;)) I’ve often wondered what a CAPCon six-pack would look like. And if following true to CAPCon form, I guess it would have to be similar with each offering while still being unique each time around.
That first year of CAPCon will always remain a mystery to me because I wasn’t there. But what is established fact at this point is that CAPCon 2011 had to display an environment that was all-encompassing, all-inviting and all-consuming. If it hadn’t been like that, there never would’ve been a franchise created.
And much like a personalized variety six-pack, you can start with any particular bottle and enjoy them all. Similarly, there is no need to have every attended any CAPCon at all in order to enjoy the sixth one this year.
But time is of the essence and March 18th will be here in the blink of an eye.
Will you be at CAPCon 2016?
If so, come up and say hello to me because any six-pack that is worth having is worth sharing with friends.
It’s time to pull the trigger and to decide. The event is, once again, about to sell out. And when the tickets are gone … they’re gone.
The CAPCon 2016 FetLife Event Link
The CAPCon Convention FetLife Group
The Chicago Age Players Website