by Patch O'Furr
World Wild Fur Camp – October 5-7, 2018
For Southwest Ohio (and everywhere) fandom
You know what’s an amazing drink? Blend watermelon chunks with tequila and lime. Nothing else! So fresh, so simple.
That’s what I brought to a visit at the fur house of Ratchet Fox, one of my closest neighbors. Ratchet directs stage events at a bunch of fur cons, including BLFC. It has one of the fandom’s highest budgets for their eye-popping setup. While I blended fresh fruit for the fabulous fox, he showed me videos of what they do with over a million dollars of equipment.
“One reason BLFC succeeds is the way they spare no expense on that main stage”, he told me. “Not every con understands how important that is. Lots of furs go to party with their friends, and might not go to the dealer’s den or panels – but the main stage is the one thing that draws everyone.”
Huge and glitzy is one way to make magic. But sometimes you need a change of pace. Something laid back, less crazy, and more personal, where you don’t just have too-short drive-by meets with friends. And I love the idea of breaking out of the comfy but predictable hotel experience. (That’s why street fursuiting is my favorite thing.) How can it be more naturally furry?