Rocky Mountain Fur Con celebrates all of the finer aspects of anthropomorphic, or more commonly, “Furry” fandom. Our programming includes workshops and seminars in acting, costume-building, animation, writing, art, design, music and more. We even host a cooking show. A first in the furry community.
Parent Company & Organization
Rocky Mountain Fur Con is sponsored by the Mid-American Anthropomorphic and Arts Corporation, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.
“What is furry?”
Well, first of all, let’s talk about the Fandom a little bit. The Furry fandom consists of a large group of individuals with strong interests in fictionalized anthropomorphic animal characters with human personalities and characteristics. If you think of characters like Disney's Robin Hood then you can get an idea of what we are all about. Examples of anthropomorphic attributes include exhibiting human intelligence and facial expressions, the ability to speak, walk on two legs, and wear clothes, though it's certainly not limited to any of these things. The fandom is celebrated in various ways from simple online communities to local meetups, and of course the much larger furry conventions such as Rocky Mountain Fur Con, Further Confusion, RainFurrest or similar.
A “Furry” simply refers to a member of this fandom. Many people select a specific animal that they relate to, either physically or spiritually. Some furry fans create and wear costumes, commonly known as fursuits, of their characters.
Rocky Mountain Fur Con was first organized by the Mid-America Anthropomorphics and Arts Corporation to take place in June of 2006 to cater to the large population of furries living in Colorado and surrounding areas. However, when Anthrocon also announced its date for that same month, the decision was made to postpone the Rocky Mountain Fur Con’s debut until 2007.
“Our First Con!” – 2007
Rocky Mountain Fur Con 2007 took place from June 1 to 3 at the Denver Adam’s Mark Hotel. Goldenwolf, Dark Natasha, and Michele Light were the guests of honor. The final official attendance was 236. The fursuit parade was held outside and went through a section of outdoor mall space, a first in the furry community. Being located on the 16th Street Mall, the convention was able to offer attendees a more public venue for the fursuit parade. This became quite popular for the fursuiters as well as the public watching on the mall.
“The Dark Times” – 2008
Rocky Mountain Fur Con 2008 took place the weekend of May 23-25 at The Hyatt Regency in Denver. The theme was “The Urban Wilderness” and featured some unique panels such as grafitti art. Furry artist Blotch and fursuiter LatinVixen were the Guests of Honor. The official final attendance was 319. Despite having a 35% growth in attendence, the convention failed to meet the room block requirements and faced a $25,000 debt. Thanks to donations by the community and a lot of hard work by the convention staff, the debt was significantly reduced.
“Why is there a parking garage in the Dealers Den?!” – 2009
With the bulk of the debt paid down, it was decided to hold Rocky Mountain Fur Con 2009, which took place on August 7-9 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The theme was “A Wild Night on the Town”. The Guests of Honor were artist Keihound and fursuiter ScribbleFox. The official final attendance was 400 including 54 fursuiters, a 25% increase from the previous year. Despite a positive experience at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, it was decided to move the convention to another location outside of downtown Denver in an effort to reduce costs and also in part, to the..less than convenient placement of the hotel’s extended convention space. Attendees were required to cross an active parking garage entrance and exit to get to the Dealers Den area. Needless to say, this was an accident waiting to happen. So the decision was made, and the convention moved to the wonderful Doubletree Hotel Denver just outside of downtown.
“Furry Con or Soccer Con?” – 2010
With our new home secured, Rocky Mountain Fur Con 2010 was held on August 6th – 8th. The theme was The Wild West. Guests of Honor were artist Heather Bruton, fursuiter Lucky Coyote of Dont Hug Cacti Studios and Feature Performer, 2 the Ranting Gryphon. There was a total of 526 attendees, a 31% increase over the previous year and had 71 fursuiters in the parade. The charity was the Front Range Equine Rescue. We made $240 for them in the auction, and matched it for a total of $480. This was a rather interesting year. Due to a little league soccer tournament being held at the same time, the hotel was filled with soccer kids. For some reason, many kids thought fursuiters were soccer balls which caused a few incidents. Even though the hotel staff was amazing and handled everything perfectly, it was decided to move the furry convention to the following week in order to avoid any future conflicts.
“It’s Bird! It’s a Plane! No..it’s a fox?” – 2011
With the new date secured and the hotel more than happy with the convention, Rocky Mountain Fur Con 2011 was held on August 12th to 14th at the Doubletree Hotel. The theme was “I need a hero!”, focusing on superheroes. The Guests of Honor were furry writer Kyell Gold and furry artist Rukis. The final attendance was 643, a 22% increase over the previous year and included 101 fursuiters in the parade and 37 dealers. We managed to raise over $1200 for our Charity, Freedom Service Dogs.
“The Furry Apocalypse!” – 2012
With all of the hype about the end of the world, we couldn’t resist. In fall of 2009, it was decided to make it the theme of our 2012 convention. The Guests of Honor were David Hopkins, author of the webcomic “Jack” and the fursuiter Syber, of Made Fur You. The final attendance was 863, a 25% increase over the previous year and included 200 fursuiters in the parade and 62 dealers. We managed to raise a record $2500 for our Charity, Freedom Service Dogs.
“Lucky 13 – 1950s Casinos!” – 2013
Since we all survived the End of the World, we decided that our next theme would be really fun. Introducing Lucky 13, focusing on the casinos of the 1950s. This year promised to be packed full of fun filled events, great costumes, and even some gambling (for charity of course). And oh boy, did it deliver! The Guests of Honor were Colorado local furry artist, Idess, prolific fursuiter Midori and the ever awesome 2 the Ranting Gryphon. We ended up with 1006 attendees (a 15% increase over previous years), 190 fursuiters in the parade, 55 Dealers and $3588 raised for our charity, Freedom Service Dogs. This will be a year to remember!
“14ers” – 2014
Rocky Mountain Fur Con 2014's theme was announced as "14ers" focusing around the theme of mountaineering, climbing and the 54 peaks in Colorado over 14,000 feet. Guests of Honor were fursuiter Whiteyfawks of Arend Studios and artist ShinigamiGirl. On October 18, 2013 it was announced that the convention will be held at the Marriott Denver Tech Center, having outgrown their previous hotel, the Denver Doubletree. The final attendance numbers were as follows: 1354 attendees, a 35% increase over the previous year, 303 fursuiters in the parade, and 262 pieces of art in their art show. They raised $5,500 for their charity, Freedom Service Dogs.