RainFurrest

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RainFurrest
Location
Website
Status Defunct
First iteration August 24-26, 2007
Final iteration September 24-27, 2015
Organizer(s) Rainfurrest Anthropomorphics International (RAIn)
Subject Furry
Resources Photos, videos, reports: RainFurrest resources
RainFurrest
RainFurrest 2007
RainFurrest 2008
RainFurrest 2009
RainFurrest 2010
RainFurrest 2011
RainFurrest 2012
RainFurrest 2013
RainFurrest 2014
RainFurrest 2015
RainFurrest 2016

RainFurrest staff
RainFurrest guests of honor
Monika Livingstone, Gene Armstrong, Trapa, Stalking Cat, and Phil Geusz welcome attendees during the opening ceremonies of RainFurrest 2007.
RainFurrest's logo, as of 2016.

RainFurrest was a furry convention first held August 24-26, 2007 at the Holiday Inn Seattle-Sea-Tac Airport hotel in Washington state, U.S.A.

About[edit]

RainFurrest was conceived by a group of individuals in the Pacific Northwest region who wished to start a new furry convention in the absence of Conifur Northwest. Gene Armstrong was one of those amongst the group who was asked to help coordinate and lead the efforts as he had experience working in all aspects of convention development in the sci-fi and fantasy fandoms[citation needed].

Attendance[edit]

370 furs attended the inaugural event. For its second year, RainFurrest was held on September 26-28, 2008 at the Seattle Airport Marriott, with an attendance of 599.[1] The 2009 event was held September 18-20 at the same hotel, and had 911 attendees. In 2010, RainFurrest attracted 1045 attendees, making it the sixth convention worldwide to surpass 1000 attendees. For 2011, RainFurrest had 1420 Attendees, a 36% growth over 2010. Attendance for 2012 was 1705, a 20% growth over 2011; in 2013 there were 2202 attendees, an increase of 29% on 2012; and in 2014 there were 2,586 attendees, or an increase of 17% on 2013. There were 2,704 attendees in 2015, or an increase of 4.5% on 2014.

Cancellation[edit]

In February 2016, Rainfurrest had announced the cancellation of the 2016 event, citing an inability to secure a venue. On February 28, 2017, governing board RAIn announced that Rainfurrest would no longer operate as a furry convention - and referred attendees to Furlandia and Furvana.[2]

Closure[edit]

For more details on this topic, see RainFurrest 2016#Cancellation.

On March 1, 2017, the Rainfurrest website and social media shared the following message[3]:

   
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Hello, Rainfurs.

It is with sad hearts that we have to tell you that we are closing RainFurrest as a convention. The RainFurrest Anthropomorphics International (RAIn) board of directors has been working hard to secure a venue, but we have exhausted all of our options. Right now, we can't make it happen. We thank all of you for waiting and standing with us, and we are sorry to let you down.

Even though RainFurrest the convention is being closed, RAIn will continue to hold Furlandia in Portland, as well as the summer BBQ and the winter holiday party in Seattle. We will also continue to support and promote the furry fandom in the Pacific Northwest and worldwide, because we want everybody to see the great things that our community, our colleagues, and our supporters accomplish every day.

Thank you, everybody who helped us run RainFurrest—staff or volunteer, many years or few. Thank you, everybody who came together with us to celebrate the wonderful things our fandom brings to life and the amazing community we can create by working together. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.

We hope to see you at other RAIn events, and we look forward with you to the arrival of Furvana in Seattle in the near future.

— The RAIn Board of Directors

   
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Themes[edit]

  • 2007: Rainforest
  • 2008: Flight
  • 2009: Zombie Attack!
  • 2010: Furst on the Moon!
  • 2011: Camp RainFurrest!
  • 2012: Warehouse Furteen
  • 2013: Dancing in the Moonlight
  • 2014: Cyberpunk - Fur Meets Chrome
  • 2015: Swords and Sorcery
  • 2016: The Search for Kaldera (Cancelled)

Organization[edit]

Rainfurrest Anthropomorphics International (RAIn) is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in the state of Washington[4], which "exists primarily for the purpose of holding events to facilitate education in anthropomorphic literature, art and culture, and to facilitate the donation of funds to non-profit institutions that the board decides are worthy."[5]

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