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 a furry convention in Layton, Utah, organized by a nonprofit of the same name. It is the largest furry convention to take place in the state. The con currently takes place at the Davis Conference Center in Layton.
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 27th-28th, 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 was honored to host as Guests of Honor Tayerr (aka AlbinoTopaz) and artist RUdragon. The response from the furry community was incredibly positive, and the convention was migrated to a larger convention space in order to accommodate future growth.
2018: Bark to the 80's!
AWU 2018 was held on August 10-12th, 2018, at the Davis Conference Center in Layton, Utah. 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 featured Guests of Honor were Silvixen, an Australian artist, and Atlas Inu. The official attendee count was 603, including 200 fursuiters. The community response was extremely positive, with particular praise for 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 will be July 19-21, 2019. The convention will once again be held at the Davis Conference Center. At the closing ceremony of AWU 2018, the theme was announced to be "Furlock Holmes".
AWU has welcomed artist Ritwell as a Guest of Honor.
- Pre-registration already breaking records! Post on Anthro Weekend Utah's 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 Telegram. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
- 2018 Fursuiters Twitter. Retrieved August 18, 2018.
- 2019 Convention Dates Twitter. Retrieved July 10, 2018.
- 2019 Date Change Twitter. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
- Furlock Holmes Twitter. Retrieved August 18, 2018.
- 2019 GoH - RitwellTwitter. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
Anthro Weekend Utah · Furry Unlocked (defunct) (originally Unthrocon)