News:New hotel aids Califur revival
Visitors to this month's Califur had low expectations after last year's disappointing experience. Instead, hotel and convention staff delivered what attendees dubbed "the best Califur by a wide margin", "light years better than the last time" and "the best year yet".
The registration count rose 23% to 720, with several dealers reporting a decent profit. The event made much of its safari theme, printing the now-common personalized room keys. Several fursuiters played along, accessorizing their costumes with plastic guns and crossbows; at least 87 participated in the fursuit parade.
Some commented adversely on the presence of Cal Cotton, a dealer in real fur tails, mink-tipped floggers and scrimshaws. It was not their first year, though, and despite recent activism against the use of real fur in plush toys, many attendees saw no real problem.
Califur 4's venue was memorable for all the wrong reasons — a disappointing ice-cream social, filming (albeit by furries) in the halls, and a wedding reception forcing the event into what one con-goer described as a "furry ghetto" of black curtains. The curtains were so notorious that their lack was advertised as a feature of the new hotel, the Irvine Mariott.
|I went to Califur...really against my better judgment. I was sorely disappointed with last year's experience, as were many others. Off I went, expecting nothing. And I have to say I was pleasantly surprised! — Talutie|
|Each con has their own vibe. This one still echoes strongly of the era of Confurence. — Orzel Tastyeagle|
|I had so much fun this year that it kicked all of the other years asses. :3 — Oggy Wolf|
- Home again! - Talutie et. al., (June 9, 2009)
- Very nice Con - Chris Sawyer, (June 8, 2009)
- woot! - Special J, (June 8, 2009)
- Bigger and Better Things to Come? - Lutrian, (June 16, 2009)
- Thank You All! - Shinragod, (June 9, 2009)
- Very Impressed! - Anuvia, (June 9, 2009)
- Comment on Califur is over... - Thornwolf, (June 8, 2009)
- Califur 2009 fursuit parade - Shinragod (June 11, 2009)
- Califur just took a real downturn for me - , reposted by (June 6, 2009)
- Real fur in the Dealers Den??? - Luphinus, (6 June, 2009)
- Califur Ice Cream Social? - YiffyFox, (May 21, 2008)
- Filming at Califur - documentary - masinacat, (May 21, 2008)
- Califur report - (May 20, 2008)
- Not Welcomed at this Hotel - norsedoggie, (May 18, 2008)
- Califur V - Location - "No curtains of evil!"
- Califur is over... - Bengaley Summercat, (June 8, 2009)
- And We're Doing It Again Next Year!! - Kay Shapero, (June 20, 2009)
- Califur Diego - Albino From About, (June 8, 2009)
- Califur 2.5 - (June 8, 2009)
- Califur! W00t! - Oggy Wolf, (June 8, 2009)
- Califur 4 gets mixed reviews (May 24, 2008)
- Califur 2007 schedule finalized, including the Ursa Major Awards (April 20, 2007)
- Photos, videos, reports: Califur 5 (2009) resources