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From their 2007 history page:
"The club "Fort Weyr" was founded in the late 1970's by mid-western United States fans of Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern. They chose Fort Weyr because it was the oldest and largest Weyr on Pern, and none of Ms. Caffrey's stories -- at that time -- centered on the Weyr. Fort Weyr produced it first newsletter, the Harper Beat, in 1981. In 1983, the club gathered together for its first Fort Fest, where fifteen personas impressed dragons via a 'live' hatching. Fort Fest has been a yearly tradition since 1983."
For some photos, see this link.
Explaining their fan publications:
"Fort Weyr is a not-for-profit fan organization existing to promote McCaffrey fandom. Our newsletters and postings are not intended to infringe on any copyrights held by Ms. McCaffrey or her Publishers.
Fort Weyr produces eight newsletters a year, alternating fan fiction and art with club news and activities. We have about 300 members throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia.
The Harper Beat is our Fan-Fiction newsletter. It runs around 70 to 80 pages of fiction and artwork. Harper Beat is mailed to our members four times a year.
The Between 'Zine is our News Digest. It averages 8 pages of member contributed news, feature articles, and regular columns. The Between 'Zine is sent out four times a year, between each Harper Beat.......From time to time, Fort Weyr provides additional fan fiction to its members. In past times this included Dragonfall and In the Shadows of Dragons as part of the membership dues, and Fort Folio, a collection of longer fiction, at the cost of copying and mailing on top of club dues. Back issues, when available, can be purchased by new members at cost of copying and mailing. Members will be notified as to availability of such publications."