After many years of effort to secure a stable convention business to grow the local economy, the Santa Clarita Chamber of Commerce has successfully landed the 2020 and 2021 International Furry Convention and Expo. This annual event with worldwide delegates is expected to generate millions in revenue for several local businesses.
“This has been years in the making and I want to personally thank the International Furry Convention Delegation for choosing Santa Clarita as their partner city for the next two years. Local businesses will reap the benefits of this association and this convention will definitely set Santa Clarita apart from other cities that just don’t understand their culture and needs. ‘Furrycon SCV’ will truly put us on the map!” said Michelle Gunt, Executive Director of the Santa Clarita Chamber of Commerce.
While the exact impact to the local economy cannot be calculated, there are some specific businesses that are likely to reap huge windfalls when the convention comes to town. “We expect that JOANN Fabrics and Crafts will actually have customers when the delegates arrive. You can’t imagine how hard it is to maintain these costumes, they can become quite dirty and soiled with bodily fluids during the convention. So, the delegates will need a quick source of fabric for repairs and quick dry cleaning services,” Gunt continued, “Henry Mayo Hospital is also likely to see a surge in rugburn related injuries which are not covered by any health insurance so there’s some big money to be made there.”
The details of the convention will be posted on the Chamber’s website in the coming weeks. Attendees who are required to register locally as sex offenders are asked to register for this convention early to avoid any unwelcome attention from law enforcement.