When Furballs Strike 16 - Fursuit bowling at Kenmore Lanes!


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!

INFLATION?!?

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!


PRIZE RAFFLE

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

 

UPON ARRIVAL
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.

 

FOOD
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.

 

AFTERWARDS
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.

Kijani

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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!

 

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  • castaway2000

    a bit late but now that school is winding down i had time to make this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6605DaOIhw&feature=youtu.be

    June 18, 2014

  • Kijani L.

    I forgot to mention there was ONE lost and found item this time, a black belt was left in the smaller fursuit changing area. The waist size was quite small, about 30 or 32 inches. If this is yours please let me know and I will make arrangements to get it to you!

    May 10, 2014

  • Graypaw

    My fourth meet up in the group and it was amazing. Made a lil video to show the good time ^.^ ENJOY!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMH2oUAEELE

    May 10, 2014

  • Darkk

    Another super awesome event. Not to mention my bowling score is improving too :)
    It was great meeting and hanging out with everyone. See y'all next time!

    1 · May 7, 2014

  • Enthkali

    Had a great time as always, didn't bowl as well this time but had lots of fun

    1 · May 5, 2014

    • Celestial

      It was nice meeting you! My daughter was Yuki and loved your suit!

      2 · May 7, 2014

  • Kijani L.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdkAo_NRZ5Y
    Final Official WFS16 numbers: 198 attendees (WFS & FurLife record) and 79 fursuiters, you guys are amazing!!! So great to see everyone having a blast and all the fursuits. Enjoy the video!

    6 · May 6, 2014

  • T-Wolf

    don't worry, my suit should be completed by the next wfs. hopefully my last minute improvise was cute enough. heheh. looking forward to next time! my dad enjoyed it a bunch!

    May 6, 2014

  • Yahtzee

    We may have set a new attendance record. It was was a fun event. Pity that turned the lanes off before many of us were done with our games.

    May 5, 2014

  • Conqure

    Had a great time. Bowling with two foxes, a hamster, and a dragon, I felt like the punch line to a good joke. ;) I'm uploading my photos to my photobucket here: http://s113.photobucket.com/user/conqure/library/When%20Furballs%20Strike%2016?sort=2&page=1 If you would like the raw file from the camera just send me an email.

    2 · May 5, 2014

  • Jet

    First time going to a meet, I loved it!

    Stoked for the next time. :3

    Awesome pictures you guys!

    May 5, 2014

  • Yu P.

    Ahh it was so much fun! Cx I loved being able to take pictures instead of being stuck with wings~ I was worried that they wouldn't turn out because the flash was going crazy for a while, so I took a couple of duplicates, but fortunately they all look okay! Thanks everybody for making it totally enjoyable as always. (And I didn't overheat this time, which was a plus!)

    May 5, 2014

  • Luna Snowwolf/Xion the Fruit B.

    super fun as always! got to meet new peeps, have a few wing flaps and noose boops and of course derping good times! had a blast and woot! all the fuzzies that joined me in conga line thanks guys

    1 · May 5, 2014

  • Raikon K.

    Had a great time, also to Kijani about the refunds. The waitress took our receipts from our table after putting down who the waitress was. I do remember it being a funny amount which was $14.95 if that's any help even if we had no receipts.

    May 5, 2014

  • Jason (.

    I had an awesome time! This was definitely a great first fursuiting experience!

    1 · May 5, 2014

    • Airless

      Yaay! Glad you had fun!

      May 5, 2014

  • Nickolas Zoë L.

    Majority of my photos came out too fuzzy to visibly see. Lol. Oh well. Had a great time and hope to see ya'll next time.

    1 · May 5, 2014

  • T-Wolf

    i have to ask, why is there a picture of my father? im not mad. just wondering. it actually made my night. lol

    May 5, 2014

  • Raqoon

    Lots of fun as always. Thanks for organizing!

    May 4, 2014

  • Notch P.

    I had a really fun time at the bowling alley and Old Country Buffet just like I like I always do:3

    May 4, 2014

  • Kuhori

    Was super Amazing!! Me, Grave, and Guardian had a great time! Thanks to everyone for making it so awesome! Sorry we had to jet so soon, but we loved seeing everyone! I'll have a video soon! <3

    3 · May 4, 2014

  • Mr. H.

    <3

    May 4, 2014

  • Wake The S.

    Had a blast!

    May 4, 2014

  • Keeko

    Another great run as always!

    May 4, 2014

  • Blaidd W.

    Who has photos. :D

    May 4, 2014

  • Kyvar D.

    Had to leave before the buffet, buses back and then obtaining a ride from where I was staying to be closer to the event. Had a blast and so many people @.@ Hope everyone else had a good time... and if I didn't hassle you this meet, I'll eventually get ya another meet x3

    May 4, 2014

  • Red the unknown f.

    Wish I could have gone ;-; my ride ditched me

    May 4, 2014

    • Kyvar D.

      I thought you had it by the time I left on the buses x.x

      May 4, 2014

  • Airless

    Are people still at the Buffet? I wanna go back and hang with everyone some more!

    May 4, 2014

    • odie

      Yeah still a lot of people here

      1 · May 4, 2014

  • Meep

    Had a blast ;u; tried to actually socialize more and jig a bit. Super glad I wasn't on crutches for it (: sorry I wasn't more active this time round' can't wait to see everyone again!

    1 · May 4, 2014

  • Airless

    We left before the raffle drawing by accident, so keep our $5 as a donation to WFS for being so awesome!

    1 · May 4, 2014

  • glitch

    sorry i have work :(

    May 2, 2014

  • Zeph

    I'll be the guy with a buzz cut working the event as Kenmore lanes porter :)

    May 4, 2014

  • MaxCoyote

    BRING YOUR STAR WARS STUFF. WILL BE STAR WARS THEMED! #MayThe4th

    1 · April 29, 2014

    • LuckyFur

      I will

      May 2, 2014

    • Raikon K.

      Sadly I do not either, I could always get the Imperial march on my phone for lulz.

      May 4, 2014

  • AlkiFox

    Might try to be there. Just been putting off going to my first meet for a while now. Just gotta figure out how to get it past my parents.

    April 29, 2014

    • Otterhour

      Oh. I know that pain. I'm try to get past my parents right now. Good luck!

      May 2, 2014

    • Raikon K.

      My mom found out about RF somehow and I never mentioned it to her o,=,o she was cool with it though.

      May 4, 2014

  • Greliton

    I should be there. Kinda wanna bring my plushsuit but then I wouldn't be able to bowl -_-

    May 2, 2014

    • mousepaws

      MMMmmMm

      May 3, 2014

    • MaxCoyote

      I never bowl anymore. lul I just hang around in suit.

      1 · May 4, 2014

  • Airless

    Gotta go print my badge today so I can have it for tomorrow! So excited!

    May 3, 2014

    • Hex

      See you there!

      1 · May 3, 2014

    • ShadowKeeper

      Good plan, I should bring a badge this time!

      May 4, 2014

  • Onnanoko

    So looking forward to this!
    I'll be setup again at a table doing my $10 sketch specials as well, so check it out on my Twitter or come up and say hi!
    I'll be wearing badges to be better identified too. ;3
    https://twitter.com/OnnaNoNo

    2 · May 4, 2014

    • Wren

      I will be next to Onna again as well making chainmail or sketching. Been really looking forward to seeing familiar faces again!

      1 · May 4, 2014

  • T-Wolf

    im going and ill be bringing my dad. he isn't a furry but he loves me for who i am and i want to show him what this fandom is all about. socializing and having fun. lets show my father what furry really means!

    May 3, 2014

    • Kijani L.

      That's great! I look forward to seeing you and your dad there for a great time :)

      May 4, 2014

    • T-Wolf

      unfortunately, i couldn't get done with the gloves in time. but im gonna improvise!

      May 4, 2014

  • Arttimo V.

    Hey everyone! I'm excited to go to another WFS! I'm bringing a friend who has never been to any furry bowling event so she's pretty stoked about it, too.

    I posted in the rideshare thread in the hopes that someone would be able to help the two of us get from the lanes to the buffet, but so far nobody has offered. I'm asking here for folks who maybe haven't been to the thread... if you have space for two and can help us out, that would be awesome. Thanks! :D

    May 3, 2014

    • Arttimo V.

      Awesome, thanks! :D
      I'll be suiting as Banjo-Kazooie this time around so I'll have a big red bird hanging out of my backpack like a beacon both in and out of suit. My friend won't be suiting. Are you suiting? What should I look for?

      1 · May 3, 2014

    • Nickolas Zoë L.

      I remember seeing ya at sakuracon. I'll be wearing a blue and grey long sleeved shirt with a bad-dragon lanyard. And hell yes Banjo-Kazooie!

      1 · May 4, 2014

  • Yu P.

    So excited! Cx I got kind of tired of wearing my fullsuit at Procession of the Species today, so for the bowling I think I'm going to be Thunderbird, my blue goldfinch, instead. She's a lot easier to wear~ and I will actually be able to tale pictures this time! Yay o3o

    May 3, 2014

  • Azzy H.

    Im looking forward to this im bringing my suit but i might not wear him hes in a state of disrepair

    May 3, 2014

  • jill0r / J.

    See you there [as Pajamafox!] ;3

    May 3, 2014

  • Jason (.

    This will be my first time fursuiting in public, so I'm really excited and a little bit nervous.

    May 3, 2014

    • Kuhori

      You're gonna do great! Can't wait to see it!

      May 3, 2014

  • T-Wolf

    is this also a fund raiser of some sort?

    April 30, 2014

    • Vessi

      Nope not a fundraiser, just a lot of fun!

      May 3, 2014

  • Crystal G.

    Excited to bring someone new to fur gatherings along! and a few new suits I'm working super hard on this week. Woo!

    May 2, 2014

  • Hex

    I will be here however I will not be suiting as my head has broken and is in need of replacement. Apparently fursuit bouncy castle was the last straw.

    May 1, 2014

  • Kyvar D.

    If anyone is passing by the JBLM area and wouldn't mind picking up a hitch-hiking stray, then toss me a message. I am able to pay for the ride if so mandated.

    April 28, 2014

    • SiberHamster

      Post a reply in the link "WFS 16 Rideshare/Carpool Thread" in the information about the event (Look above). Hopefully you will get more response in the ride thread. ~C> http://www.meetup.com...­

      May 1, 2014

    • Kyvar D.

      *chuckles* I have already. And since no response yet, I'm already considering how long my bike/bus route will be. Still would rather pay a little more to hitch a ride then make a 3 hour or more trek to attend.

      May 1, 2014

  • LuckyFur

    Can't wait to meet all of you peeps! I know this is going to be an exciting experience!

    May 1, 2014

  • glitch

    oh sweet i actually might be able to make it to this one!

    2 · March 12, 2014

    • odie

      Hope to see ya there

      April 30, 2014

  • Luna Snowwolf/Xion the Fruit B.

    YUP! For SURE going! gonna be derping about as da bat once again <3 all the flails and loves x3

    2 · April 30, 2014

  • Oreo

    Id love to be able to go but I currently don't have a ride. I'm still new to WA and would love to me other furs from around state. I'd help to pitch in for gas if needed too ^^

    April 29, 2014

    • SiberHamster

      Welcome to Washington & Furlife! :3 Post a reply in the link "WFS 16 Rideshare/Carpool Thread" in the information about the event above. Maybe you can share a ride with a fur to the event. http://www.meetup.com...­ ~C>

      April 29, 2014

    • Oreo

      I'll keep that link handy for next time. Looks like I"m going to be sitting this one out.

      April 29, 2014

  • Thunderwyvern

    Sorry guys, turns out I'm not going. It looks like I'm gonna be moving this weekend :C. But I AM gonna be at the Godzilla 3D meet-up coming May 15th, so if you wanna hangout, that's where to check!

    April 29, 2014

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