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Founder, Director & Master of Ceremonies
Timothy ‘Timi’ Conley was born in 1967 in Massachusetts and raised between Mass, and East Tennessee. He attended The University of Massachusetts in Amherst, receiving a BFA in Oil Painting in 1990. In early 1991, he moved to Athens, GA to start a music career that now spans three decades. His accomplished musical projects include Wonderland Rangers, Kite to the Moon, Aqualove, and Fuzzy Sprouts.
Restlessly creative, Timi started the Wild Rumpus Parade & Spectacle in 2009. The parade took the streets unofficially that year, with crowds large enough that Conley received a citation for disrupting traffic. Since 2010, the parade has grown, as has the organization. The Wild Rumpus parade is a unique event, centered on the premise that the public IS the parade, and that “All are invited”. Timi fundraises through business and individual sponsorships, civic and arts-related grants, tourism grants, private foundations, crowdfunding, and more to put on one of the biggest parties of the year in Athens and the Southeast, concurrently raising money and awareness for locally-based nonprofit charities.
The Wild Rumpus now attracts Halloween enthusiasts by the thousands, locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally, and has been supported by hundreds of businesses’ and individuals’ sponsorships. Timi formed the nonprofit entity for the Wild Rumpus in 2020 during the pandemic, paving the way for Rumpus for years to come.
Timi lives in Athens near downtown, prides himself in his kids, Sage and Luna, and his current musical project Wonderland Rangers, is a 25-year vegetarian, bicycle and espresso enthusiast, and avid proponent of environmentalism and being in Nature. Timi continues to make and sell art, mostly serving the imagery of the Wild Rumpus.
Reluctantly, Timi has ‘grown up’ to the degree of doing spreadsheets and taxes, but adheres to his tenet: “Keep playing.”