Midwest FurFest 2009
Midwest FurFest 2009 was a convention held at the Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling, Illinois from November 20th to November 22nd, 2009. Total attendance was 2,040, which included 145 sponsors, 55 anniversary sponsors and 357 participants in the fursuit parade
Guests of Honor
In celebration of the convention's tenth anniversary, all of the Guests of Honor from the first nine years were invited back. Of the the 29 Guests of Honor, the following attended in-person:
- Robert Carspecken
- Margaret Carspecken
- Rapid T. Rabbit
- Derrick Dasenbrock
- Jessica Willard
- D.C. Simpson
- Thomas K. Dye
- M.C.A. Hogarth
- Ursula Vernon
- Gene Breshears
- Will Sanborn
- Lucky the Evil Dog
The convention's charity was Kane Area Rehabilitation and Education for Wildlife. Their table displayed numerous rescued animals (including a lynx, a tortoise, a hawk and a one-eyed owl).
Through various fundraisers, including table donations ($558 on Friday, $734 on Saturday and $508 on Sunday), an impromptu show by 2 and Kage ($773), charity poker ($700), charity auction ($4,526), and a donation from Midwest Furry Fandom, Inc. ($5,000), approximately $12,799 was raised.
Midwest FurFest 2009's theme was, "10 Years of Midwest FurFest".
An experimental theatrical event - Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind - gained a positive reception.
At closing, it was announced that the convention would move to the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, Illinois in 2010.
The Art Show increases the number of pieces (1129) and with a total of 81 artists, the art show raised $16,302.
A Comics Curmudgeon blog entry in March 2009 showed Slylock Fox and declares the title character is "changing into his giant rat costume; our favorite detective is actually suiting up for Midwest Furfest ’09".
- MFF08 - comment by Duncan da Husky, (20 November 2007)
- Midwest FurFest 2009 Closing Ceremonies Recap - Duncan da Husky, (25 November 2009)
- Midwest FurFest 2009 Closing Ceremonies Hotel Video Announcing the new Hotel (High quality version)
- Give the money and run. March 30, 2009 post on The Comics Curmudgeon. Retrieved March 30, 2009.