|Rainfurrest guests of honor|
Rainfurrest is a furry convention first held August 24-26, 2007 at the Holiday Inn Seattle-Sea-Tac Airport hotel in Washington state, U.S.A. 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. 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.
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.
Rainfurrest Anthropomorphics International (RAIn) is a Washington nonprofit which intends to qualify as a 501(c)(3) organization, and 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". As of January 2013, RAIn had filed for 501(c)(3) status, but did not expect to receive a response until the latter half of 2013.
- ↑ Rainfurrest website. Retrieved on 2008-10-11.
- ↑ Rainfurrest Anthropomorphics International By-Laws
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