Any interest in a Convention in Norman?
Posted 22 April 2012 - 08:52 PM
I would always shoot for an October date.
We have a facility here.
The airport is literally 18 minutes away. If you have a private plane of some sort there is a small local airport two minutes away. The facility is attached to a hotel and the whole thing is 1/2 a mile off I-35.
Posted 22 April 2012 - 11:02 PM
One suggestion, though -- if you're looking at an October date and there's a Saturday in the mix, just be sure that Stoops' Troops are playing on the road, or finding lodging could prove interesting.
Posted 23 April 2012 - 06:42 AM
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Posted 23 April 2012 - 01:13 PM
EDIT: Of course, these anecdotal bits don't really help. I'd guess there is enough interest in the area around you to make it worthwhile. It seems like an awful lot of folks in the region are into astronomy.
Posted 23 April 2012 - 04:55 PM
I live in the Kansas City area and would probably come down as it is about a 300 mile drive.
Posted 23 April 2012 - 05:53 PM
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Posted 24 April 2012 - 12:02 AM
Clear skies and clean glass,
Posted 24 April 2012 - 12:14 AM
MikeB, great suggestion on the CRO tie-in!
Posted 24 April 2012 - 12:35 AM
Posted 24 April 2012 - 09:12 AM
One other thing I would recommend is running the show more like PATS where it is mostly a convension for vendors to show off their wares than NEAF which is more like a giant store on wheels that is dominated by a few large retailers just trying to sell stuff as poeple come in the door and drain them before they even get to the true vendor booths in the back (this can also be addressed by how the booths are organized). I can go to a retail store anytime I want, I can't meet a vendor/manufacturer that often.
Overall, as a vendor I think it would be nice to have something in the middle of the country rather that on both ends.
Posted 24 April 2012 - 10:50 AM
Posted 24 April 2012 - 10:57 AM
Well Oklahoma in the summer is not something I would want to invite most people. We were over 100 for around 50 straight days last year. October is great weather and really fits the best between all the other events IMO.
But PATS is September 22-23 this year and a month or less between the two would probably hurt you with the vendors. An indoor convention is not that big a deal for the weather, although mid winter with snow might not be that great. I would rather brave the heat. I would think that June would be the best time. A few months after NEAF and a few months before PATS.
Posted 24 April 2012 - 12:06 PM
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Posted 24 April 2012 - 02:38 PM
B. While I appreciate the input about PATS, knowing of other events in the Summer on the west coast, it doesn't really work for me to have it in the Summer. Also, indoor or not, if it is hot the chance of getting locals out is pretty slim. Going outside for even a few minutes results in discomfort during the summer here.
C. We would try to work a tie-in with Okie Tex star party which is in October as well.