Midwest FurFest

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Midwest FurFest
Status Ongoing
First iteration November 17-19, 2000
Organizer(s) Midwest Furry Fandom, Inc.
Subject Convention
Resources Photos, videos, reports: Midwest FurFest resources
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Midwest FurFest staff
Midwest FurFest guests of honor
Midwest FurFest's 2015 Logo.

Midwest FurFest (commonly abbreviated as MFF) is an annual furry convention based in Illinois which has been running as a separate entity since 2000.


Visitor Statistics

Midwest FurFest got its start as the furry track for Duckon, a Chicago-based science fiction convention. The furry track was started at Duckon 3 in 1994 and was headed up by Robert King. The track grew larger each year and it was estimated that by Duckon 8 (1999) between one-quarter and one-third of the attendees were there due to interest in the furry track.

The track ran into problems because it was running out of room to expand without costing other parts of Duckon programming space and time. It was decided that the best course of action was to spin off into a new convention.

Thus Midwest Furry Fandom, Inc. was created and Midwest FurFest was born, to take place in November 2000, on the weekend before Thanksgiving. The parting was amicable, and Duckon lent a good bit of expertise and manpower to help make the first year of Midwest FurFest a success.

Since then, the convention has grown from 388 attendees in 2000 to 5,606 in 2015, making it the second-largest furry convention in the world. It has helped raise over $285,276 for various charities.

Midwest FurFest is a production of Midwest Furry Fandom, Inc., which holds Midwest Furfest and furfest as service marks.

The official Twitter account of Midwest FurFest advises attendees to post on Twitter using the hashtag #FurFest, as many other conventions are abbreviated MFF, one of which takes place at around the same time.

Current event[edit]

Midwest FurFest has called the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, Illinois home since 2010. Features of the convention include an Artist Alley, Dealers Den, art show, charity auction, dances (including a dead dog dance), the FurFest Lounge and Fursuit Green Room, fursuit games and a parade, opening and closing ceremonies, a photoshoot and a variety show.

Guests of honor[edit]

Each year, Midwest FurFest selects talent from within the community, with a focus on people who have not yet been recognized. These have included:


Each year, Midwest FurFest selects a local animal-related charity to focus on. These have included:

Total raised = $285,591.76

Convention chairs[edit]

Each year, the of Board of Directors for Midwest Furry Fandom, Inc. selects a Convention chair to oversee the following year's event. These have included:


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