Allie Here ~ Happy Spring – while here in Georgia having some kind of weird freak cold snap! The PentaCon committee is working away brainstorming ways to make PentaCon2K18 just as much fun or maybe even MORE fun than PentaCon2K16 was. Part of this for me, has been to think about 2K16 and the amazing people that attended and wondering, now that there has been some time to think about things – what people’s experiences were like. To that end, we’re gonna talk to some attendees and pick their brains. First up, one of our favorite fellas named Scott – the one and only Scott MacDougall- known on twitter as @TheScottMacD . He graciously took some time to answer a few questions I had for him about PentaCon2K16- and because I love him and it tickles me – I didn’t let autocorrect take out the extra ‘u’ and left the spelling Canadian.
What made you decide to attend Pentacon?
You know, to be honest, I was on the fence about attending. I was a bit nervous that I wasn’t a big enough fan…a true Pentaholic. But the real deciding factor was a hug. I simply wanted to give a real life, in person hug to the people that I met over twitter/the intertubes because of this amazing group of kids – Pentatonix.
What did you think it would be like?
I honestly had no idea what it would be like. Most of my friends and coworkers were convinced that I was going to get murdered as I had only knew (in person) ONE attendee. They simply didn’t understand and I had no fear…but I really had NO IDEA what I was getting myself into.
Did it meet/exceed your expectations?
Easy answer: it by far exceeded my expectations. I didn’t really know how much of an impact this would have on my life and I am forever grateful for attending.
My favourite moment…this is easy. When I got to thank Mike Grassi for all the work he has unknowingly done for the LGBTQ community and (bonus) got a hug from him!
It’s not technically a selfie, but I LOVE my pic with Mike. Also, when we had a party on the floor at the end of the Saturday night with Missa, Allie, Niki, Maren, Eric and Liz
Thing that made you laugh the hardest?
I honestly don’t know the answer to this. There were a lot of laughs (thank you Deanne) when I returned from Target with what appeared to be every last towel from the store. I laughed so much during that weekend, it is honestly hard to pick one moment. There were a lot of laughs during Pictionary though. A LOT!
This is going to be cheesy, but the best souvenir was the friendships that were made. I knew I was going to have fun and get along with those that I knew from Twitter. But I didn’t expect to meet so many amazing people from all over the world (Hello Kelsey from New Zealand). There was an overwhelming feeling of love at Pentacon and I really didn’t expect that. The people of Pentacon did not let colour, gender, or sexuality define who was accepted or loved. This is something I will never forget and is by far the best “souvenir” that I ever could have asked for.
It was so great to hear from Scott and I can’t wait to talk to some other attendees and find out what their thoughts are about the con plus what they’re looking forward to in 2K18. If you attended last year and would like to be interviewed email us at email@example.com