They had a great time, Fur is sure of that.
Furries from around the world, many in humanized animal costumes, took over a Hyatt hotel in Rosemont, Illinois last weekend for the world’s largest furry convention.
Midwest FurFest welcomed thousands of attendees from over 50 countries, from every continent except Alaska, according to the convention.
The four-day fuzzy fete was simply a celebration of the “culture of furs,” said Associate Program Director Sarah Newcomer.
“It’s a place where everyone comes together. It’s an incredibly inclusive event,” she said.
Newcomer said that most furry friendships manifest online and that Midwest FurFest provides a space for individuals to connect personally through a variety of activities.
The itinerary included escape rooms, virtual reality games, writing seminars, art exhibitions and much more.
Most importantly, the convention provided a safe space for a community that often finds itself at the bottom of many demeaning jokes.
“Growing up I felt really alone, and the furry community helped me to socialize and make some of the best friends around the world,” Storm said as she was hugged by two of her furry friends
Browning, a furry stag, said the convention provides a place for introverts to get out of their comfort zones.
“It’s a way of expressing yourself,” Browning said. “But when you come here, you’re among a whole bunch of other people who have a common interest. it allows you to express yourself and you’re not really afraid of it anymore.”
“I really encourage everyone to come and see one of these. They’re a lot of fun,” said Theo, who wore a bright pink suit. “And who knows? You’ll never know what you’ll find that really connects you. There’s something here for everyone.”
Aside from being a multi-day party, Midwest FurFest attendees made sure to give back to some real fuzzy friends.
The group donated $106,284 to Street Dog, a Colorado-based charity that provides medical care and other assistance for the pets of people affected by homelessness.
“Heroes don’t always wear cloaks, but many wear fursuits!” said FurFest.
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