Anthro Weekend Utah
|Anthro Weekend Utah|
|First iteration||October 27-28, 2017|
|Organizer(s)||Anthro Weekend Utah|
|Resources||Photos, videos, reports: Anthro Weekend Utah resources|
Anthro Weekend Utah (AWU) is the largest furry convention in Utah, organized by a nonprofit of the same name. Founded in 2017, it has taken place at the Davis Conference Center in Layton since 2018.
Origin of AWU
The concept of Anthro Weekend Utah was dreamed up by three furries known as Bexis, Rocky and Giga in early 2016. However, it wasn't until later that year that Giga revived the idea of a convention with Bexis and Rocky, this time bringing in a few others - Talon, JoJo, and Charcoal - and began planning what would soon become Anthro Weekend Utah.
2017: Legalize "AWU"
Anthro Weekend Utah's inaugural event was held October 27-28, 2017 at the Radisson Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. The theme this year was "Legalize AWU!", building on the popular "Don't Awoo: $350 Fine" meme. The official attendee count was 457. AWU hosted Tayerr (aka AlbinoTopaz) and artist RUdragon as Guests of Honor.
2018: Bark to the 80's!
AWU 2018 was held on August 10-12, 2018, this time at the Davis Conference Center in Layton, Utah in order to accommodate future growth. The theme, announced at the closing ceremonies of the 2017 convention, was "Bark to the 80's", and was based around 80's pop-culture (with its own furry spin). This year's Guests of Honor were Silvixen,, an Australian artist, and Atlas Inu. The official attendee count was 603., including 200 fursuiters. Attendees praised the larger convention center.
2019: Furlock Holmes
Originally scheduled for July 26-28, AWU announced on September 21, 2018 that to better work with neighboring conventions (as well as their venue), the dates for their third year were to be July 19-21, 2019. The convention was once again held at the Davis Conference Center. At AWU 2018's closing ceremony, the theme was announced to be "Furlock Holmes". They were joined by guests of honor Ritwells and Injured Songbird. They also revealed a special appearance by Fox Amoore and Pepper Coyote. Final attendee count for the year was 913. Additionally, attendees donated a total of $2,677.58 to their official charity, Wild Wonders.
AWU announced their 2020 theme on July 21, 2019- Arc E. Ologist and Carver Bones in "The Curse of AWUbis". The convention would be held again at the DCC, on July 17-19, 2020. However, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 convention and theme was postponed to July 16-18, 2021.
- Pre-registration already breaking records! - Anthro Weekend Utah, Facebook. Retrieved October 29, 2017.
- About - AWU's official website. Retrieved August 18, 2018.
- Silvixen - Twitter. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
- Atlas Inu - Twitter. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
- Official AWU Announcements - Anthro Weekend Utah, Telegram. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
- 2018 Fursuiters - Anthro Weekend Utah, Twitter. Retrieved August 18, 2018.
- 2019 Convention Dates - Anthro Weekend Utah, Twitter. Retrieved July 10, 2018.
- 2019 Date Change Twitter. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
- Furlock Holmes - Anthro Weekend Utah, Twitter. Retrieved August 18, 2018.
- 2019 GoH - Ritwell - Anthro Weekend Utah, Twitter. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
- 2019 GoH - Injured Songbird - Anthro Weekend Utah, Twitter. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
- Foxes and Peppers - Anthro Weekend Utah, Twitter. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
- 2019 Stats - Anthro Weekend Utah, Twitter. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
- Curse of AWUbis - Anthro Weekend Utah, Twitter. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
- 2020 Dates - Anthro Weekend Utah, Twitter. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
- COVID-19 Date Moved to 2021 - Anthro Weekend Utah, Twitter. Retrieved July 4, 2020.
- Anthro Weekend Utah - official website
- Anthro Weekend Utah on Twitter
- Anthro Weekend Utah on Facebook
Anthro Weekend Utah · Furry Unlocked (defunct) (originally Unthrocon)