It's that time again... furry bowling time that is!
When Furballs Strike 16 - the LARGEST furry bowling meet on the West Coast - is now set for Sunday, May 4 with check-in beginning at 1pm and bowling starting at 2pm. If you are bowling, please plan to arrive as close to 1pm as possible so we can get everyone checked in and assigned to a lane in a timely fashion.
We will be cutting off the bowling around 4:15pm, which should leave plenty of time for everyone to finish their two games.
Being May 4, it's only appropriate that this meet is Star-Wars themed! Feel free to accessorize your costume or bring out that old lightsaber, and May the Fourth be with you!
Kenmore loves having us fuzzies and I'm happy to say is the permanent home of the WFS meet, but they need to keep the doors open, so management alerted me that they must raise prices again for our next meet. The new bowling fee will be $9, which includes two games, rental shoes, and a prize raffle ticket. Still a great deal, considering two games and shoes on Saturday normally costs about $14.
They also wanted to charge for the party room(s) we are using, but I was able to talk them out of it for at least one more WFS :)
I will be running a $12 special like usual which comes with 5 raffle tickets instead of just one. This will help ensure the prizes for the next meet will be just as spectacular!
This next prize raffle is probably going to be the BEST EVER - we got a couple amazing prize donations on the way and I've already purchased tons of awesome gifts. But if you want to help make it even better, donations are always welcome and those that donate prizes will receive 3 free raffle tickets per prize, up to 9 total (please make sure the value of the prize is at least $5). If you are donating a prize, please contact me in advance so I can determine whether to raffle it off as a main prize or "second chance". Thank you!
The process will remain the same as last time as far as the prize raffle goes, with individual drawings for each prize - that seemed to go very well last time and of course we'll have tons of "second chance" drawings so everyone has a chance to walk out with a nice gift for bowling with us!
DJ BelleWolf to return to WFS!
DJ BelleWolf (WFS 13, 15) has re-confirmed that he will indeed be able to DJ at WFS 16, and will be bringing some other talented DJs with him! Thanks!
DINNER LOCATION - Old Country Buffet, Lynnwood
The dinner reservation is set for 5:30pm at OCB-Lynnwood. The address is:
[masked]th St. SW, Lynnwood 98036
The group rate for OCB is approximately $13 (last time they charged slightly less than this). Remember this does include beverage, tax and gratuity as well. Please let me know if you are planning to attend the group dinner when your RSVP for the meet so I can adjust our reservation accordingly.
I will have printed directions available at the meet to OCB from Kenmore Lanes, and the dinner will be pay-your-own - just tell the cashier you are with the FurLife group. They take cash and visa/mastercard.
So here are the updated details:
When Furballs Strike 16
Date: Sunday, May 4, 2014
Location: Kenmore Lanes
Address: 7638 NE Bothell Way, Kenmore, 98028
Time: Meetup/check-in at 1 p.m., start bowling at 2 p.m. (or as close to it as possible).
Cost: $9 flat-rate for two games of bowling, shoe rental and a raffle ticket.
Who: Any fur and everyfur! Bring a friend, or two... or three!
Kenmore is also fairly centrally located, less than 10 minutes from Lake City Way, 405, and is close to Edmonds, Shoreline, and a short jaunt from Seattle, Everett and the Eastside as well.
EDIT: I have made a thread on the forum regarding carpools and rideshares for attendees to organize carpooling to the meet and the dinner afterwards, go here: When Furballs Strike 16 rideshare/carpool thread
We will be meeting in Kenmore Lanes' huge meeting/banquet room which is just inside the automatic doors on the street side of the complex, near the lowest-numbered lanes. We will have the room stocked with plenty of tables, chairs, fans, and lots of water as well as a changing area for our fursuiters.
I (Kijani) will be there handling check-in. When you pay your bowling fee I will give you a lane assignment – if you want to be on a lane with somebody please let me know that at the time of check-in. We will be doing 5 bowlers per lane. If you need bowling shoes go to the front desk and tell the attendant you're with the FurLife group and your rental will be accounted for.
The bowling fee does not include food, but Kenmore Lanes has a full restaurant and bar for us to order from at our leisure. Please do not bring in any outside food or drink as this is against Kenmore's house policies.
Remember we will be going to Old Country Buffet at 5:30 p.m. for dinner.
Just like previous WFS meets, I will be giving out fun awards for high game in “classic” and “fursuit” divisions. We will also be running our prize raffle again with lots of fantastic gifts to give away for bowling with us at WFS!
We should be finishing up around 5pm, and I have set our dinner reservation at Old Country Buffet (about 15 minutes away) at 5:30 p.m. Also, Kenmore has been a great host for us in the past and was very kind in giving us this great deal and free use of the meeting room so please help clean up after yourselves. Let's try leave the place looking cleaner than when we came in!
Please RSVP as soon as you are reasonably sure you can attend so I can get a more accurate number of bowlers reported to Kenmore Lanes management.
Thanks so much and see everyone at When Furballs Strike 16! Any questions feel free to post here or shoot me an e-mail.
If this will be your first WFS meet or you would like to see what it's like and how insanely fun it is... check out these videos!
When Furballs Strike 15 - Another smashed record, 82 fursuits at this one and 186 attendees in total, wow!
When Furballs Strike 14 - Good turnout and a new meet record for fursuiters - 63!
When Furballs Strike 13 - 154 attendees, 56 fursuits, including a couple visitors from California!
When Furballs Strike 12 - Biggest turnout ever, 194 attendees, 62 fursuiters? It's a mini-con!
When Furballs Strike 11 - Nice turnout even in the midst of the holiday season and horrible weather!
When Furballs Strike 10 - Again obliterated our record, 177 attendees, approaching the world record! Can we get there???
When Furballs Strike 9 - Shattered our record again, 147 attendees and 48 fursuiters!
When Furballs Strike 8 - HUGE increase in turnout, 135 attendees and 100 bowlers, wow!
When Furballs Strike 7 - Great turnout, 33 suits, 82 attendees!
When Furballs Strike 6 - Another record, 39 fursuiters!
When Furballs Strike 5 - 95 total furs attended!