NEAF 2013 IS TURNING OUT TO BE THE BEST EVER!!!
Posted 22 April 2013 - 08:34 AM
Reports by the vast majority of vendors indicate that sales for Saturday ALONE equaled Saturday AND Sunday sales from last year. Sunday had the best attendence by a wide margin by any previous Sunday in the show's history!
Many attendees reported that the vendor isles in the field house were so crowded that they were at times unpassable!!! Now that's a show!!!
The show had many notable speakers, including one surprise addition being John Davis, the creator of Jimmy Neutron!!!
If you missed it, you missed a great one!!! Wait till next year!!!
We will supply updated attendence figures soon....
Thanks to all who attended!!!
Posted 22 April 2013 - 11:02 AM
Posted 22 April 2013 - 09:24 PM
Posted 23 April 2013 - 07:16 AM
Posted 23 April 2013 - 08:21 AM
I was posted at the entrance to the Galaxy Theater which faces the entrance to the field house from the far end and had a full view of the center isle from 10 to close for both days, and I can tell you it was far from a ghost town.....I also walked the isles both days, usually between 1PM and 3PM and can say with all truthfulness, there were times I couldn't walk down or thru an isle with out having to say excuse me and bumping into people. NEVER happend before, EVER!!!
Like was reported, I've been going or participating in NEAF for 15 years now. This is the most crowded I've ever seen it. We know already, from vendor reports, that the VAST majority eclipsed last years total sales on Saturday ALONE! Anything on Sunday was gravy, and that was crowded too!!!
However, we will have total numbers soon, and they will be posted. Then the answer will truly be known objectively.
Very Sincerely and Respectfully,
Bernie Sokolowski RAC BOD and NEAF Committee Member
Posted 23 April 2013 - 05:02 PM
Saturday, especially, in the afternoon, attendance seemed down from recent years. However, on the other hand, Sunday seemed like there were more folks than prior years. To my memory Sunday has been about half of Saturday, but not this year. Sunday equaled Saturday, or there were even more people. I think one factor was the better weather (solar viewing) on Sunday. There were presentations going in two locations, and the auditorium was about half filled for the three talks I saw there.
Also, the 'deals and discounts' seemed better than I can ever remember (as in 20% off on everything at one store, quickly matched by the others). Gary Hand, OPT, Woodland, others, seemed to me to have more 'stuff', including a great selection of high-end eyepieces. Gary had a brand new Edge C-14 tube assembly with a small dent in the tube (quarter size), offered at a substantial discount. I just wish I had the $$ to jump on that one! From walking around, it seems that Dobs (both basic and premium) are on the up-swing, APO's and Achro's were fewer, and new GoTo GEMs of various designs made a splash. I also was impressed with the 'Astrophotography' display that took up one whole wall. There were also a few more organizations and public observatories, while the book and magazine publishers were there in full force.
Posted 23 April 2013 - 05:22 PM
Posted 25 April 2013 - 07:25 PM
With the Internet growing and growing, I wonder if this is contributing to lower attendees at trade shows.
Maybe. Or maybe the Internet is contributing to higher attendance instead. There are a few new shows started in recent years, indicating that folks who have looked into it believe there's still a good audience to be had. NEAF is still going strong, too.