Midwest FurFest 2008 was a convention held at the Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling, Illinois from November 21st to November 23rd, 2008.
The theme that year was “North to Alaska”
Seriously there was a film with the same title
The Guests of honor for that year were:
- Fursuit performer Lucky the Evil Dog
- Artist Darc
- Writer Matt Sowers of Code Name: Hunter
- Artist Foxfeather
Total attendance was 1,992, which included 358 participants in the fursuit parade.
The charity for that year was Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy, for whom the convention raised a total of more than $15,000
FurFacts by Wikifur from MFF 2008
On the first night of the convention, Nov 21st 2008, everyone from both the hotel and Convention Center were forced to evacuate after the fire alarms were set off, indicating a possible fire. After an investigation, it was found someone decided to smoke in their hotel room which was designated as a non-smoking area, unintentionally causing the smoke detectors to set off, which in turn set off the fire alarms in both venues. Everyone was eventually allowed back in after standing outside in the frigid 28 degree weather for up to half an hour.
Due to space limitations, the Artists Alley had somewhat fewer tables than were available the previous year. A lottery system, which had been successfully implemented the previous year and was similar to that used for Anthrocon’s Artists Alley, was used to distribute seats in the Alley.
The art show featured 1,066 works by 68 artists. 524 pieces were sold, with 53 going to art auction. Total revenue from the show was $22,928.
The hot tub was closed for a significant period, reportedly because some attendees decided to have sex in it. Hotel and convention staff were not amused.