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History of MFF: Midwest FurFest 2011

Midwest FurFest 2011 was held at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois from November 18th, to November 20th, 2011.

The charity for the year was the Lake County Animal Education and Rescue humane society

The Guests of Honor were:

The Intro to what would become a large part of MFF the Dance Competition. The 1st one ever took place that year.

Total attendance was 2,600, including 50 Shiny Sponsors, 188 Sponsors and 574 participants in the fursuit parade.

Total amount raised for  Lake County Animal Education and Rescue humane society $19,574.79 was raised from the charity auction ($2000), 2 the Ranting Gryphon and Uncle Kage’s charity performance, the charity poker tournament ($620), miscellaneous donations and a $12,500 donation from the convention’s parent corporation, Midwest Furry Fandom.

MFF 2011 Wikifur Notes:

There were a few new events that year including stand-up comedy, a performance by special guest Colson Grainger, and a panel for non-furs, discussing their experiences at furry conventions. Another new event was the Furry Smackdown, in which everyone’s favorite cartoon villains were placed in a 16-seed tournament bracket and the victor of each battle was debated. Many old favorites also returned as well, including the Furry Variety Show, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, and a dance each night that went into the wee hours. A big shift in 2011 was the relocation of the Artists Alley to the International Level of the hotel, just outside of the Dealers Room.