by Patch O'Furr
If you only saw furries in the media, you might think they only meet at cons. But after the con, there’s local events you won’t know about unless you’re tuned in to their channels. Some of them are established with their own names, venues and dedicated dates. You can go and say tonight, this place is ours. That’s a sign of a full-fledged subculture.
Independent furry dance parties are well covered at Dogpatch Press. That’s adult night life. But for all ages, there’s furry bowling. Big bowling meets can be bigger than small cons. They happen all over the place, but how many does the furry world have? I doubt anyone knows!
I’d love to know more, considering how fabulous some of them seem.
Here’s a special look at the thriving community of the Pacific Northwest furries. (Member pics: Whenfurballsstrike.net)
November 12, 2016 – When Furballs Strike 25 – Fursuit bowling in Kenmore, Washington.
- ‘When Furballs Strike’ appears to be the biggest bowling meet for any furry community. If it was a con, it would just enter the Top 40 by attendance.
- Their nearest rival for size is a bowling meet in Brazil! How many outsiders are in touch with that corner of fandom? It shows how widespread this is.
- The Pacific Northwest furry community has remarkable activity. Does any other have an event calendar like Furlife on Meetup with over 2,000 members? (Disney’s marketers went to Furlife to reach furries for Zootopia.)
- Furry dance parties have tried to get established in the Pacific Northwest without the success you might expect, making this their biggest meet. (And their popular local con Rainfurrest shut down, but an unprecedented four are now proposed there.)
I talked to Kijani Lion, meet organizer:
Tell me more about the broken record?
“The record that was broken was actually our own record for “largest attendance at a furry/anthropomorphics fan bowling meet”. We had 297 attendees at When Furballs Strike 25, which broke our old record of 271 at When Furballs Strike 22. Before that, the Brazilian furbowl Furboliche had the record with 248 attendees at Furboliche 4 which took place Halloween 2015.”