Happy YetiCon Day!
Happy birthday, big guy... Where-ever you are.Turns out, Bigfoot was real all along, and the inevitable march of progress finally found a way to expose them to the world. In the frenzy that followed, humanity promptly hunted the Yeti into extinction, everyone trying to get a slice of the Yeti-pie. With everything from taxidermied corpses to yeti fur coats to bigfoot burgers, the Yeti's discovery led to a short-lived and violent economic boom. When the dust settled, the mythological creature was nowhere to be seen. But they can't all be dead, right? Since that would make for a much too depressing truth, many have turned to the belief that they are still out there, hiding and waiting. And what better way to say "I'm sorry for causing the annihilation of your kind" than a birthday party? YetiCon is the birthday of the last known Yeti in captivity (called Pete, if you were curious). It is celebrated every year with the hopes that the party will bring the Yeti back out of hiding, presumably to join the fun.
Happy Birthday!YetiCon Day is on the 10th of December, celebrated from about lunch to midnight in the Yeti Truth Convention Center. There's cakes, balloons, and more merch than you can shake a very big foot at, with everything from sasquatch plushies to Bigfoot-themed cybernetics. Cosplayers and Yetipunk bands entertain crowds, hold competitions, or all-around make a good big ol' laugh out of the whole extinction thing.
Though previous YetiCon Days banned merch like stuffed specimen or Yeti murdering memorabilia, these rules loosen every year that goes by without an appearance from Bigfoot.
Some people are even starting to get nervous - if the Yeti ever does return, that won't be good for their profit. We can't have that.
A Day Of Fun And FeetBesides buying useless junk, the YetiCon day is full of various festivities and/or scams to be enjoyed. Such as...
Lectures!Ever wanted to know about the Yeti's nocturnal habits? The chemical composition of their droppings? What snacks they prefer? Every year, there are countless lectures and talks of dubious value, all attended at different stages of sobriety.
Games!From carnival games to full VR fun-houses, the YetiCon hosts a whole range of fun activities for the whole family* Only about half of them are rigged, and the other half are expensive. (*Terms and conditions apply)
Food!Celebrating the birthday of a murdered species is bound to work up an appetite. For that, the YetiCon is filled with vendors and stalls. The special Bigfoot Brew of Java is said to be the Yeti's favorite, usually by the people selling it.
Find the Yeti!A game of hide-and-seek, where a poor employee is dressed up as a Yeti and forced to hide from mobs of rampaging, intoxicated Con-goers. Recent years have armed said mob with paintball rifles, for "authenticity". Participants are charged by the pellet, so intoxication is encouraged, and full-auto fire available.
Music!The Yetipunk genre of music, blending the vocalization of the Yeti with various instruments and a general lack of talent, has its day in the sun during YetiCon. Live bands play all day through the venue, with frequent fist-fights breaking out between bands about who gets the best time slot.
Movies!It has become a tradition for most movies about the Yeti to be announced during YetiCon, if only for the free advertisement. Everything from action movies ("Yeti's back, and he's out for revenge") to teary-eyed documentaries about their demise is shown back to back without the slightest hint of irony.
The Legend of "The Legend of the Yeti"Not everyone believes that the Yeti are all dead. If they avoided discovery once, maybe they can do it again. That is the essence of the new version of the Yeti myth, and its adherents (many former bigfoot hunters) now seek for any evidence of survivors.
Yeti CakeOver a thousand pounds in weight and made out in the crude approximation of a Yeti, the Yeti Cake is the highlight of the event. Any trace of symbolism as a hoard of citizens descend on the Yeti to tear it to pieces and devoured is thankfully lost on participants.
Attack of the ClonefootDespite all natural Yetis being extinct, clones exist - you didn't think the corps would let such a profitable thing stay dead, did you? Yeti Clones lack whatever metaphysical cloaking capability their wild kin had that kept them safe for all those centuries. As such, more Foot purists don't think of them as the 'real thing', but that doesn't stop them from having a few around for the YetiCon, though.
Any rumor of Raffleraptor on Yeti blood-sport being hosted in the dark hours of the day probably isn't true, but there's talk about it in some boardrooms.