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Furry Weekend Atlanta
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Other names FWA
Location
Website
Status Ongoing
First iteration February 13-15, 2004
Organizer(s) Furry Weekend Atlanta, Inc.
Charity Ellijay Wildlife Rehabilitation Sanctuary (2004-2006),

Conservator's Center, Inc. (2007-2023)
Lost-n-Found Youth (Present[1])

Subject Furry
Resources Photos, videos, reports: Furry Weekend Atlanta resources
Furry Weekend Atlanta (edit)
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Furry Weekend Atlanta staff
Furry Weekend Atlanta guests of honor

Furry Weekend Atlanta, often abbreviated simply as FWA, is a regional furry convention held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

History[edit]

Furry Weekend Atlanta was the logical outgrowth of furry gathering held for years in Atlanta at the homes of various furs. Over the years, as more and more furs showed up in the metro Atlanta area, the gatherings became larger and larger. The idea of holding a furry convention was raised by several members of the Atlanta furry family, first in 2001 when nothing became of it, and then again in 2003. As a result of several planning sessions held in August of 2003, a concrete plan emerged to hold a convention in February of 2004. The name was chosen echoes that of Anime Weekend Atlanta.

Although the convention originally was held around Valentine's Day, often with a similar theme (represented in the conbook and on the con shirt), the con was rescheduled to a mid-March timeframe in 2009.[2] As of April 2024, it is the 3rd largest furry convention.

Organization[edit]

Furry Weekend Atlanta is produced by Furry Weekend Atlanta, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation incorporated in the State of Georgia. Furry Weekend Atlanta Inc., in turn, is headed by an Executive Committee and tasked with operating the yearly convention and promoting the acceptance and appreciation of the anthropomorphic fandom in the Southeast and throughout the country as a whole. As a non-profit corporation, only funds necessary for the continuing operation of the convention are retained; the remaining funds are donated to appropriate charities.

In addition to operating the convention, Furry Weekend Atlanta, Inc. also maintains Georgia Furs, and works to organize the Georgia furry population for entertainment and service.

Furry Weekend Atlanta became a federally registered trademark on 2 December 2008.[3]

Board of Directors[edit]

The current[4] Board of directors of Furry Weekend Atlanta, Inc. consists of:

Staff[edit]

At the end of every convention, Furry Weekend Atlanta showcases its staffing ranks for the next convention season in a meeting held usually following closing ceremonies. Prospective applicants will be able to find out a little about the "behind the scenes" work of the convention and will be informed how to fill out the application online.

Charities[edit]

From 2005 to 2006, Furry Weekend Atlanta's official charity was the Ellijay Wildlife Rehabilitation Sanctuary.

The official charity for 2007 through 2013 was Animal Park at the Conservators Center, a nonprofit organization working to reconnect people with wildlife.

On February 19, 2024, the convention announced that Lost-n-Found Youth would become their new charity partner.[5]

Mascots[edit]

FWA's mascots are a fennec fox and a rabbit.[citation needed]

Information by year[6][edit]

Title Dates Theme Venue Location Guests of Honor Attendance Charity Amount Notes
FWA 2004 February 13-15 Holiday Inn Atlanta Airport North Atlanta, GA Latin Vixen 270 almost $2000
FWA 2005 February 11-13 Holiday Inn Atlanta Airport North Atlanta, GA Jessie T. Wolf, Fel 500 almost $3,000
FWA 2006 February 17-19 Holiday Inn Atlanta Airport North Atlanta, GA Bill Holbrook, Matt Burt 563 almost $4,000
FWA 2007 February 16-18 Sheraton Atlanta Airport Hotel Atlanta, GA Strider Orion, Daria McGrain 762 almost $4000 hotel closed[7]
FWA 2008 February 15-17 Sheraton Atlanta Airport Hotel Atlanta, GA Tilt Longtail, Bonk 1,046 $5,001 hotel closed
FWA 2009 March 19-22 On Safari Hilton Atlanta Downtown Atlanta, GA Matthew Ebel, Lizardbeth 1,371 $5,054
FWA 2010 March 25-28 Carnaval! Hilton Atlanta Downtown Atlanta, GA Kami Cheetah 1,564 over $4,600
FWA 2011 March 17-21 Furries in Wonderland Sheraton Atlanta Hotel Atlanta, GA Lacy, CloudPouncer, Zhivago 1,621 over $8,000 5 days long
FWA 2012 March 15-19 Furries at the Moulin Rouge Sheraton Atlanta Hotel Atlanta, GA Kyell Gold, Rukis 1,902 over $18,000 5 days long
FWA 2013 March 14-17 Still in Love Westin Peachtree Plaza Atlanta, GA Jimmy Chin, Hibbary 2,396 over $18,400
FWA 2014 March 20-23 Furry University Westin Peachtree Plaza Atlanta, GA Louvelex 2,488 $20,000
FWA 2015 April 9-12 Shangri La: The Furgotten Orient Atlanta Marriott Marquis Atlanta, GA Princess Rei, Silverfox5213 3,252 $28,000
FWA 2016 March 31-April 3 Camp Furry Weekend Atlanta Marriott Marquis Atlanta, GA Demicoeur 3,431 $28,922
FWA 2017 April 6-9 Game On! Atlanta Marriott Marquis Atlanta, GA Chibi-Marrow, Syber 4,274 $35,000
FWA 2018 April 5-8 Galactic Gunslingers Atlanta Marriott Marquis Atlanta, GA Strype, Kazul 5,193 $50,000
FWA 2019 May 9-13 Pirates Atlanta Marriott Marquis Atlanta, GA Caraid, Sean Chiplock 5,645 $50,000 5 days long
FWA 2020 May 7-11 The Enchanted Forest Atlanta Marriott Marquis Atlanta, GA Marc Knelsen/El Ranno Cancelled (COVID-19)[8]
FWA 2021 May 6-10 The Enchanted Forest Atlanta Marriott Marquis Atlanta, GA Cancelled (COVID-19)[9]
FWA 2022 May 5-8 The Enchanted Forest Atlanta Marriott Marquis Atlanta, GA El Ranno 7,212 $50,000
FWA 2023 May 11-14 The Lost City Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Hilton Atlanta Downtown, Hyatt Regency Atlanta Atlanta, GA Jacato 10,328 $100,000 *FastestFurs donated an additional $8,369 [10] and FWA donated a $10,000 match to HRT Access Fund.
FWA 2024 May 9-12 Furry University 2 Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Hilton Atlanta Downtown, Hyatt Regency Atlanta Atlanta, GA Wicked Insigna

Attendance by year[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Our Charity from FWA website. Retrieved April 4, 2024.
  2. Furry Weekend Atlanta 2009: The Official Announcement by Kiran Lightpaw.
  3. Furry Weekend Atlanta - USPTO (sn: 77413227, rn: 3539798)
  4. Furry Weekend Inc Retrieved April 4, 2024.
  5. Post by @FurryWeekend on Twitter. Dated February 19, 2024. Retrieved April 4, 2024.
  6. Furry Weekend Atlanta's History - Past Conventions. Retrieved April 4, 2024.
  7. Hartsfield-Jackson implodes 14-story former Sheraton hotel tower from WAGA-TV Atlanta. Dated September 6, 2021. Retrieved April 4, 2024.
  8. Tweet dated March 16, 2020 retrieved April 30, 2020
  9. 2021 Announcement post on FWA's website. Retrieved March 22, 2021.
  10. [1]

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