Annual JaxFurs Spring Picnic
The Annual JaxFurs Spring Picnic is an annual event held in Jacksonville, Florida at Kathyrn Abby Hanna Park. The picnic started in 2002 and has been held every year since. Attendance has grown from 11 in the first year to over 100 in recent years.
Each year, the picnic is held at Kathryn Abby Hanna Park in Atlantic Beach, FL. Traditionally the current group moderator reserves and pays for a picnic shelter at the park. For several years, the group has been lucky to secure a picnic shelter that is some distance away from the most populated area of the park, but is still a very short walk to the changing rooms, bathrooms and the beach. The shelter comes with about 6 picnic tables and a large barbecue grill.
There is no cost to attend the meet, but the picnic is potluck in style. Several e-mails are sent to the state and local community mailing lists requesting RSVPs and that those who are wanting to attend state what they would like to bring to the picnic. This usually produces a broad variety of food and snacks.
Other activities include swimming in the ocean, sun bathing, playing with frisbees and footballs and more. Also, usually at least one picnic table becomes an unofficial artist's alley. The picnic is fursuit friendly.
The 11th Annual Picnic had the largest attendance on record with 128 people from all over including locals, South and Central Floridians, and a group from GA. We also had a bunch of fursuiters, 5 dogs, 2 birds, a potbelly pig and even an impromptu headless lounge.
The party attracts furries from all over Florida, and from outside the state as well. Due to being held in a city run park, there is no alcohol present and the event is open to all ages. Several furs with families have enjoyed bringing their young children to the picnic.
In 2014 the picnic was moved to a local beach hotel where it became more of a weekend room-party event. It was held here for 2 years. The 2015 event was the last held & there was no event in 2016.
- 1st JaxFurs Spring Picnic was held on March 30, 2002. attendance: 11.
- 2nd JaxFurs Spring Picnic was held on May 24, 2003. attendance: 35.
- 3rd JaxFurs Spring Picnic was held on April 24, 2004. attendance: approx 33.
- 4th JaxFurs Spring Picnic was held on April 23, 2005. attendance: 64.
- 5th JaxFurs Spring Picnic was held on April 22, 2006. attendance: approx 70.
- 6th JaxFurs Spring Picnic was held on April 21, 2007. attendance: Numbers not recorded
- 7th JaxFurs Spring Picnic was held on April 19, 2008. attendance: Numbers not recorded
- 8th JaxFurs Spring Picnic was held on April 18, 2009. attendance: 76.
- 9th JaxFurs Spring Picnic was held on April 17, 2010. attendance: 110 furs, 12 fursuiters, 2 dogs (A new record!)
- 10th JaxFurs Spring Picnic was held on April 16, 2011. attendance: 114 furs
- 11th JaxFurs Spring Picnic was held on April 21, 2012. attendance: 128 furs , 5 dogs, 2 birds, and a pot belly pig
- 12th JaxFurs Spring Picnic was held on April 20, 2013. attendance: 186 furs, 29 fursuiters, and 2 dogs
- 13th JaxFurs Spring Picnic was held on April 12, 2014. Unknown due to venue change. About 100 people
- 14th JaxFurs Spring Picnic was held on April , 2015. attendance: unknown.
- 15th JaxFurs Spring Picnic 2016 was not held
- 16th JaxFurs Spring Picnic 2017 will be held April 22nd 2017
- FuzzWolf - 2002 - 2005
- Lace Aurora - 2005 - 2006
- DracoFur - 2007
- STiTcH - 2008 - 2009
- Paradox - 2010, current
- durango - 2015 -2016 only
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- JaxFurs Picnic Official Site
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- JaxFurs community at LiveJournal
- Florida Fur Events website