I started this con knowing that I wanted to have a con that my family would enjoy. Not just my wife and kids but my mom, dad, brother, sisters, nieces and nephews. Other then myself, no one in my family is an anime/manga fan. My parents had begrudgingly taken me to shows while I was growing up but to be honest they really didn't have a whole lot of fun. I bring my kids to shows each year and while I have a blast it's a bit intimidating to my kids who are not used to large crowds. Keep in mind that my kids are from Sweden and live in a town of 1,900 people. I want CampAnime to be welcoming to people, like my own children, who are overwhelmed by large crowds and at the same time be fun for the die hard con goer.
Does this mean that if you've been to larger con that you won't have fun at CampAnime? Not at all. We have tons of events for people of all ages. We even have an archery range, a BB gun range, a rock climbing wall and a lake.
I like audience interactive events and so I make sure my con had a ton of them. While non anime fans may not know whats going on at times the interactive events can be appreciated by all. It's like watching a gameshow that you don't know the rules to, you still have fun watching. I've also incorporated a bunch of "family picnic" events into the con. We have a tug of war, water balloon toss, hulu hoop contests, pie eating contests and more. If you're an anime fan you appreciate people dressed as Ash and Light shoving their faces in a pie...if you don't know who they are it's still pretty funny. Boating on the lake, pretty cool. Boating on the lake in cosplay, very cool.
It's a work in progress and last year was an improvement from the last. I'm not trying to be the biggest or the best. I'm just trying to run a fun, family con. I hope that I succeed more often then I fail and that I learn from my mistakes. I make more then my fair share of them.