It's that time again... furry bowling time that is! We've finally made it to that landmark number, the 10th edition of When Furballs Strike, which is set for August 25th, with check-in beginning at 2:15pm. With 100+ bowlers to check in, this process will take about 45 minutes so expect bowling to start around 3pm.
Kenmore loves having us fuzzies and I'm happy to say is the permanent home of the WFS meet. They are once again giving us complimentary rental of their party room. For WFS 10, the bowling cost will remain the same at $7 and includes two games of bowling, shoe rental (if needed) and a free prize raffle ticket.
Changes to Prize Raffle structure
For WFS 10, I am going to make a change to the way the prize raffle is run that I think people will enjoy. During check-in, all the prizes will be laid out on a table, each with a bin in front, and instead of everyone being in it for every prize, you can CHOOSE which prize(s) you want to go for by dropping your ticket in the appropriate bin, which will be drawn from separately at the end. Do you go for a big-ticket prize that has lots of entries, or try for something less popular but has better odds? The choice is yours, and don't forget extra tickets are only $1, available all throughout the check-in time and just before the raffle.
And if you don't win the prize(s) you were going for, don't give up - after all the main prizes are given out all the non-winning tickets will be put in a bin for drawing some great "last chance" prizes such as gift cards.
If anyone has any prizes to donate towards the raffle that is always greatly appreciated (most of the prize fund comes out-of-pocket, thanks to everyone that donates cash or prizes).
DINNER LOCATION - Old Country Buffet, Lynnwood
This has worked exceptionally well for the last two meets and I have already reserved our FurLife group for a 6:30 dinner engagement. The address is:
4601 200th St. SW, Lynnwood 98036
Once again I was able to secure an AWESOME group rate for us - just $12.50 includes the buffet, beverage bar, tax AND gratuity, about a 25% savings over the regular price.
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.
Important: When you RSVP, please let me know whether or not you will be attending the dinner portion of the meet, so I can get a more accurate number of attendees to the restaurant as the date nears.
So here are the updated details:
When Furballs Strike 10 (or "X", as in strike!)
Date: Saturday, August 25, 2012
Location: Kenmore Lanes
Address: 7638 NE Bothell Way, Kenmore, 98028
Time: Meetup/check-in at 2:15 p.m., start bowling at 3pm (or as close to it as possible).
Cost: $7 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 10 rideshare/carpool thread (http://www.meetup.com/furlife/messages/boards/thread/25256742)
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 Fur Life 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 6:30 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 6:00, and I have set our dinner reservation at Old Country Buffet at 6:30 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 10! 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 9 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3k5IWbBs7I) - Shattered our record again, 147 attendees and 48 fursuiters!
When Furballs Strike 8 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPD48C2Gjnk) - HUGE increase in turnout, 135 attendees and 100 bowlers, wow!
When Furballs Strike 7 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZxlDxGq_kk) - Great turnout, 33 suits, 82 attendees!
When Furballs Strike 6 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwkIe2u0zKo) - Another record, 39 fursuiters!
When Furballs Strike 5 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rx4xIC_IMIU) - 95 total furs attended!
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