Midwest FurFest attracts thousands of furries
They had fun, it’s “fur” certainly.
Furs from around the world, many wearing costumes of anthropomorphic animals, took over a Hyatt hotel in Rosemont, Illinois for the world’s largest furry convention last weekend.
The Midwest FurFest welcomed thousands of attendees from more than 50 countries spanning every continent except Alaska, the convention said.
The fuzzy four-day party was simply a celebration of “furry culture,” said deputy programming director Sarah Newcomer.
“It’s a place where everyone comes together. It’s an incredibly inclusive event,” she said.
Newcomer said the majority of furry friendships happen online, and Midwest FurFest provides a space for individuals to connect in person through a plethora of activities.
The itinerary included escape rooms, virtual reality games, writing seminars, art exhibits and more.
The convention, more importantly, provided a safe space for a community that often finds itself at the end of many demeaning jokes.
“When I was growing up, I felt really alone, and the furry community is what helped me socialize and find some of the best friends around the world,” Storm said as she was hugged by two of his furry friends.
Browning, a furry deer, said the convention offered introverted people a place to get out of their comfort zone.
“It’s a way of expressing yourself,” Browning said. “But when you come here, you’re among a whole bunch of other people who share a common interest. it allows you to express yourself and you’re not really afraid to do so anymore.
“I strongly encourage everyone to come and check one out. They’re great fun,” said Theo, who wore a bright pink suit. “And who knows? You will never know what you will find that will truly connect you. There is stuff here for everyone.
In addition to being a multi-day party, Midwest FurFest attendees made sure to give back to real-life fuzzy friends.
The group donated $106,284 to Street Dog, a Colorado-based charity that provides medical care and other assistance to homeless people’s pets.
“Heroes don’t always wear capes, but many wear fursuits!” FurFest says.
With pole wires