Grumpy Cat Takes The Golden Kitty
Thousands of feline fans gathered on Wednesday night at the Minneapolis State Fair Grandstand, for the second annual Cat Vid Fest, presented by Walker Art Center.
After attracting over 10,000 fans last year, a reported 13,000 people bought tickets to sit around and watch cat videos together last night, and celebrate internet cat culture in real life. The event was also streamed live online by Animal Planet, for unfortunate souls (like myself) who weren't able to attend in purrson.
The cat people of Minnesota are legion. #catvidfest: pic.twitter.com/Wmp9FxOp2d
— Tom Horgen (@tomhorgen) August 29, 2013
The three hour long program kicked-off with a (loooong) two hour introduction that included performances by Twin Cities band Brian Laidlaw & the Family Trade, and quirky dance duo, Koo Koo Kanga Roo.
Comedian Julie Klausner served as the night's emcee, introducing appearances by noted feline viral video hit-makers such as Will Braden (Henri, Le Chat Noir), Charlie Schmidt (Keyboard Cat), Chris Torres (Nyan Cat), and Maddie Kelly (Kittens Inspired by Kittens), who all received Hall of Fame awards later in the evening.
From l to r; Charlie Schmidt, Maddie Kelly, Mike Bridavsky and Lil Bub, Chris Torres, The Bundesen's and Grumpy Cat, Will Braden.
In celebration of "the Great Minnesota Get-Together tradition," Animal Planet commissioned a butter cat sculpture, inspired by royalty (rumor has it that Tardar Sauce licked its ear).
Tardar Sauce cozying up to the butter cat sculpture.
No pets were allowed on the grounds per fair rules, but spectators were greeted to surprise appearances by some of the most famous cats in the world, including Minneapolis's own Pudge the Cat.
"@PudgeTheKitten do you have anything to say?" #myheart #catvidfest pic.twitter.com/jI4IZDcSxY
— Erin Good (@eringood02) August 29, 2013
The highlight of the event, however, was an epic meeting of the minds between Grumpy Cat and Lil Bub.
BUB and @RealGrumpyCat sharing stories. Telepathically. pic.twitter.com/ngzMuHsTJk
— Lil BUB (@IAMLILBUB) August 28, 2013
@RealGrumpyCat and @iamlilbub chatting at #CatVidFest https://t.co/dvlXFPiJB9
— Grumpy Cat (@RealGrumpyCat) August 28, 2013
Over 7,000 nominations were submitted for this year's festival, and a team of 70 jurors narrowed the field down to 65+ cat video clips that were shown in categories like Comedy, Drama, Foreign, Animated, and Musical.
People's Choice award winners included the now classic Cat In A Shark Costume Chases A Duck While Riding A Roomba and Cat Licking Vacuum Cleaner, but the coveted 2013 Golden Kitty Award ultimately went to Grumpy Cat, who took home the Monopoly cat game piece inspired cat-uette, basically just for being her grumpy self.
Of course, no event such as this would be complete without cat fashion, and people had no reservations about letting their feline freak flags fly.
We found @RealGrumpyCat's biggest fan @ #CatVidFest! Watch our live stream NOW! http://t.co/4yUtEb6HiV #Meow pic.twitter.com/7u9x9oWHdu
— AnimalPlanet (@AnimalPlanet) August 29, 2013
— Brian Schroeder (@BrianTheVirgil) August 29, 2013
The night's festivities concluded with a fireworks celebration, which most cats probably would have hated.
And the #catvidfest goes out with a bang. https://t.co/eFGduR5IW4
— Ben Lashes (@BenLashes) August 29, 2013
In case you missed it, Cat Vid Fest is hitting the road again this year. The full tour schedule will be posted tomorrow, August 30 on the Walker Art Center website.