Here is my much anticipated recap of the 2013 Internet Cat Video Festival!
My friend and I arrived at the Minnesota State Fair about an hour before the Cat Vid Fest kicked off. First up, mini donut batter ice cream, raspberry wine slushies, and bacon wrapped shrimp on a stick. Priorities, people.
The night started off with an hour of music. There were a few musical acts, the last of which are friends of friends, Koo Koo Kanga Roo. From what I understand, they started out as a fake kids band, but are now kind of a real kids band, but still play 21+ shows that are SO MUCH FUN. Even though jumping around singing songs about dinosaurs, your favorite color, pirates, and ninjas might sound dumb, IT IS SO FUN, I PROMISE.
However, not everyone was a fan of this:
SORRY, YOU GUYS ARE NO FUN!
My friend and I wandered around, hit up the merch station, the silent disco, and tried to find Lil Bub based on photos posted with the #catvidfest hashtag on Twitter, but we we must have missed him. Koo Koo Kanga Roo had better luck with the celebrity cats.
Live cat painting
"Have fun at the MN State Fair? No."
Free Cat print
After the bands, there was an hour of filler. There were two host, one of which did a terrible stand-up routine about cats. Then they interviewed Lil Bub and Lil Bub's human, the girl from "Kittens, inspired by Kittens!", Grumpy Cat & family, the creator of Henri le chat noir, the creator of Keyboard cat, and the creator of Nyan cat. The interviews were pretty dumb: "Does Grumpy cat know that she's famous? How has her life changed?" (No, she's a cat. It hasn't, she's a cat). Then, it was time for Lil Bub and Grumpy cat to meet for the first time. Lil Bub is a special needs cat and noises freak her out, so we were instructed to be quiet, "murmur" in appreciation, and then freak out in our cars later. Looking at two cats being held up next to each other with 10,000 other people in near silence was definitely one of the strangest moments I have ever experienced.
Aside from the cats meeting, people were growing restless:
Finally, they brought out the cat butter sculpture:
After this was finished, people started booing. It quickly turned into cheering once the cat videos started:
There was an hour of cat videos. There were different categories (comedy, drama, foreign, musical) as well as 5 inductees into the Hall of Fame. At the end, golden kittys were given out to the inductees (basically all the special guests who were there). The golden kitty awards were donated by Hasbro and were giant versions of the new kitty Monopoly piece.
Overall, I had a good time. It was worth the $10. However, my friend said that the first festival was better. Last year it was free on the lawn of the art museum, so I think they overcompensated a little to make sure people got their money's worth. People really just wanted the cat videos though. I was a little disappointed in the lack of crazy cat costumes. There were definitely a few, but not as many as I expected (although it was REALLY hot that day, so that might have had something to do with it?). There were LOTS of cat t-shirts, dresses, leggings, etc. though.
To conclude, here was my favorite cat video discovery of the evening: