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belgrade
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Re: Any interest in a Convention in Norman? new [Re: rboe]
      #5200416 - 05/01/12 04:02 PM

The Heartland Astro Expo!

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coolrocketdude
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Re: Any interest in a Convention in Norman? new [Re: Astronomics]
      #5201531 - 05/02/12 10:21 AM

Road trip !! Count me in.

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Jason B
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Re: Any interest in a Convention in Norman? new [Re: coolrocketdude]
      #5202117 - 05/02/12 03:17 PM

October is a tough time of year for me with my son playing high school football the next two years but I would make it work if I can!

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Smittty692k4
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Re: Any interest in a Convention in Norman? new [Re: Jason B]
      #5202275 - 05/02/12 04:47 PM

Sounds like a winner!!

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Doug Culbertson
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Re: Any interest in a Convention in Norman? new [Re: Smittty692k4]
      #5202381 - 05/02/12 05:45 PM

Sounds like a good motorcycle trip!

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Clay Kessler
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Re: Any interest in a Convention in Norman? new [Re: Doug Culbertson]
      #5205310 - 05/04/12 10:21 AM

Putting on my "vendor" hat I would rather see a two day event. It will take me (note - I said "will") two days to drive from Michigan with a loaded van to display. I would like to see two days to display and talk to people.

OTOH - I am interested in whatever happens.


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EFT
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Loc: Phoenix, AZ
Re: Any interest in a Convention in Norman? new [Re: Clay Kessler]
      #5205331 - 05/04/12 10:39 AM

Quote:

Putting on my "vendor" hat I would rather see a two day event. It will take me (note - I said "will") two days to drive from Michigan with a loaded van to display. I would like to see two days to display and talk to people.

OTOH - I am interested in whatever happens.




I would certainly have to agree with this. Two days is a minimum for something like this. It takes way too much effort to travel and set up for one day.


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AstronomicsAdministrator
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Re: Any interest in a Convention in Norman? new [Re: EFT]
      #5205372 - 05/04/12 11:02 AM

Well, since we are in the bible belt, people generally go to church on Sunday morning, then have a nice long late lunch with their family and don't' get out until after 2:00 that day. So they would have a whopping 3 hours to view the goods if that. I think knowing the captive local audience really helps. If you guys can't make a one day event, duly noted. But a start up two day event is looking like a mistake. And Ed, it seems like you have zero interest at all, only to critique what I suggested. I was looking for input as to interest, not how to run my show. Please don't take it wrong as I sound harsh, but it is hard to convey anything through a forum at times. I just like to put it all on the table.

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Jay_Bird
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Re: Any interest in a Convention in Norman? new [Re: Astronomics]
      #5205683 - 05/04/12 02:03 PM

Sounds like fun. Duration is like a one-day California event I enjoyed, the only event like this I've attended, and your venue sounds larger (but isn't a walk from the beach). I liked getting to shake hands with some names in the business and even though I only got a book for my daughter out of the raffle, she was reading it out loud and asking questions on the drive home. I've been to only one of those events, in several years since there's always been another family priority on summertime weekends.

I haven't been to your retail store but from passing thru OKC area I recall lakes and parks in the region - is there a chance for an evening viewing and outreach tie-in that's not too far from the convention center?

If there are semi-dark skies where you are south of OKC, a 1 or 2 night star party tied to the convention, with outreach element, at a local park (especially one with camping & recreation like hiking or canoe rental) would add to interest.

A varied package of chamber-of-commerce coupons with admission makes a star party or expo more fun for the whole family - the Cowboy Hall of Fame comes to mind, and there must be more attractions, local food specialties to try & stock up, local dining.

Good luck planning & hosting

Edited by Jay_Bird (05/04/12 02:26 PM)


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EFT
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Re: Any interest in a Convention in Norman? new [Re: Astronomics]
      #5205732 - 05/04/12 02:37 PM

I am interested and have responded off-line.

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AstronomicsAdministrator
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Re: Any interest in a Convention in Norman? new [Re: EFT]
      #5205771 - 05/04/12 02:56 PM

And just to make a point clear, this is a straw poll about the feasibility of attendees coming to the show. The TOS prevents even the owner of CN from posting outside of where I am allowed to post. We aren't trying to figure out any sort of vendor participation outside of, "sounds neat, let's see where it goes."

Input is fine, but not warranted yet. And honestly, I can't run a show from the standpoint of a democracy it has to be done from a one person perspective.


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edwincjones
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Re: Any interest in a Convention in Norman? new [Re: Astronomics]
      #5206795 - 05/05/12 07:06 AM

have you considered a mini convention with with an open house when the showroom is complete-to test the waters?

edj


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AstronomicsAdministrator
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Re: Any interest in a Convention in Norman? new [Re: edwincjones]
      #5206870 - 05/05/12 08:34 AM

I am thinking about a grand opening/vendor day Sept. 15th. I have TeleVue and Celestron on board with the date. Explore should be fine with it as well. I just need to hear from Meade. I was hoping to get Lunt involved as well.

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edwincjones
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Re: Any interest in a Convention in Norman? new [Re: Astronomics]
      #5207247 - 05/05/12 01:24 PM



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Awesomelenny
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Re: Any interest in a Convention in Norman? new [Re: jrcrilly]
      #5207722 - 05/05/12 06:59 PM

I will definitely come too! Count me in!

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rboeAdministrator

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Re: Any interest in a Convention in Norman? new [Re: Awesomelenny]
      #5207851 - 05/05/12 08:23 PM

This year?

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AstronomicsAdministrator
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Re: Any interest in a Convention in Norman? new [Re: rboe]
      #5207944 - 05/05/12 10:03 PM

The seeds would be planted this year. I need to lock down the date, once we get officially moved in. It would be a simple vendor day/grand opening. I can supply the entertainment by juggling Ethos.

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rboeAdministrator

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Re: Any interest in a Convention in Norman? new [Re: Astronomics]
      #5207970 - 05/05/12 10:23 PM

I hope a simple guy like me can make it then. I'll hold you to the entertainment too.

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StephAdministrator
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Loc: North Texas
Re: Any interest in a Convention in Norman? new [Re: rboe]
      #5208050 - 05/05/12 11:08 PM

With that for entertainment? I'm there.

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edwincjones
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Re: Any interest in a Convention in Norman? new [Re: Astronomics]
      #5208368 - 05/06/12 07:07 AM

Quote:

.......... I can supply the entertainment by juggling Ethos.





I hope that you toss them to the crowd, like those tiny footballs at other events

edj


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