The Delaware Furbowl is an event hosted multiple times a year by The Furst State staff. The event sometimes draws over 200 people from the tri-state area and beyond; with the average number of attendees at about 150.
The largest Furbowl to date was Furbowl 47, which drew 215 attendees. A notably large event, the Furbowl has ranked as high as number 39 on the worldwide list of furry conventions and furmeets.
The Furbowl began as a way to relieve Post-con depression after Anthrocon 2008. A relatively small group of 12 made it out to Brunswick Blue Hen Lanes in Newark, Delaware on Monday, June 30, 2008. The location changed over to the current AMF lanes in Wilmington, Delaware in August for the second meet up.
The Delaware Furbowl did not become an official, monthly meeting until it's seventh instance on August 1st, 2009.
Measures have been established to assure attendees and staff of a smoothly run evening. A monthly calendar is available for scheduling. An RSVP page is set up before each meet.
At Furbowl 24, the meet leadership introduced several improvements, including a headless lounge for fursuiters to change and cool off in, and badges that are stamped to track Furbowl attendance for the year. At Furbowl 28, the staff began implementing themes for each meet. Examples of themes used so far include Pirates, My Little Pony, and Jersey Shore.
At Furbowl 47, the meet organizers discontinued the dinner portion of the meet. Cici's Pizza, home to the dinner portion of the meet for over a year, closed, and a suitable alternative could not be found.
For Furbowl 60 leadership switched venues on June 17th, 2017 due to a change in leadership for AMF Lanes. Furbowl staff decided on Bowlerama in New Castle, Delaware due to it being suitable for continued event growth and success.
The Delaware Furbowl is established and organized by the board & staff of The Furst State. Many of the staff have been assisting with Furbowl for many years.
Assistance for the maintenance of the Furbowl is given by LupineSpark, Cid, Sapphy, and others. Sapphy and RailRunner run the cash payment table at the event. The cash handling job quickens the pace of sign-in and allows cash-paying attendees to obtain their bowling shoes more quickly. It also eases the stress on the bowling alley staff, as the Furbowl attracts a large volume of cash-paying customers.
Location and time
- New Castle, DE
- 3031 New Castle Ave
- Event Calendar
- Bowlerama: from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
The current dates set for 2018 are:
Furbowl 63 : February - 3rd
Furbowl 64 : May - 19th
Furbowl 65 : August - 4th
Furbowl 66 : September - 29th
Furbowl 67 : November - 3rd