What became a regional convention enjoying over 800 total attendees from Oklahoma, Texas, Florida, Kentucky, Kansas, Arkansas, Colorado, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Iowa, and Minnesota in its first two years began humbly as a failed attempt of a localized meet up.
In November of 2010, the newly-appointed president of the Atheist Community of Tulsa (ACT) began planning for a 2011 National Day of Reason celebration, lecture, and blood and food drive. The prospective draw for the event was The Atheist Experience’s Matt Dillahunty. While Dillahunty did give a tentative ‘yes’, he was cautious to give an authoritative affirmation due to his speaking at the American Atheists Convention in Iowa scheduled just two weeks prior to the May 5 celebration. So, in early March, the two mutually agreed to suspend further discussions about the event.