Furry Fiesta has experienced five years of consecutive growth and powerful support from the community it serves. In the 2013 cycle, we sailed the ocean blue with attendance of 1492. You should have seen Diddy, he was out searching for just eight (more) homeless people to register. And while many vagrants evaded our head of registration, you were all out in force throwing money at 600 lb kittens – raising $13,000 for the Center for Animal Research and Education. Every fur’s a hero in their own way.
Back in 2009, around 500 of you showed up to support the first attempt at establishing a recurring “Convention de la Furballs” in the state, bringing a little fuzzy chaos to a traditionally conservative landscape. A staff with a Texas brand of pioneering spirit and a devoted volunteer force kept the event alive. Half a decade later your convention tripled in size, and the Crowne Plaza could not magically engorge it’s space-time footprint. It was time to grab our 10 gallon hats, and boogie on before the whole world fell apart. And so this year we have a new home – The Intercontinental Dallas.
So first off, if you reserved at the Crowne Plaza again, go fix that. Here’s some important things to learn about our nice new home:
*** THE ROOM BLOCK IS OPEN! ***
* Rooms are $99/Night
* Room code is FUR to get our group discount rate online
* Mention that you’re with Furry Fiesta 2014 if you reserve on the phone lines
* The hotel restaurant makes ridiculously good food
* There is Starbucks coffee sold in the lobby
* Escalators! And lots of elevators.
* The convention largely takes place on floors one and two, but the 3rd floor has a meeting room.
* There is a room with a night club feel in the basement. Yes, we has it.
We’re very excited.
Diddy can see the hotel from his home. I find that humorous, because his sanity is tenuous. You might remember Diddy as the wolf who showed up to closing ceremonies in a strait jacket. Y’all will be comforted to know he’s been released (I’m guessing because his insurance ran out), and is almost ready to register you again in 2014. But not yet!
Registration will be opening up soon. A lot of our pages are in the works. With a new hotel comes new floor plans and re-engineering. We’re working hard bring everything on-line, literally!
Let me wrap up by thanking all of you for letting us continue this heroic endeavor. A big thanks to Keggy for a fantastic banner up top. Thanks to Ipequey for continuing to put a quality site up for us.
We look forward to working with Honored Guests Blotch and Big Blue Fox throughout the year!
A word on BBF – click that link to visit all sorts of conventions you’ve never been to, he’s a magician who can transport you to furry cons past just by hitting play. This is a big year for us!
THANK YOU, and we’ll see you next year!
-Path Hyena, Convention Chair
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