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St Louis Pen Show Cancelled


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#1 Frank_Federalist_Pens

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Posted 26 March 2020 - 14:26

I'm sorry to add that the St Louis Show has also been cancelled.

Both a crowd, and vendor, favorite!

 

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Posted 26 March 2020 - 15:30

This is terrible and sad news. I was hoping theyd hold off a bit longer with it still being so far out.

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Posted 08 April 2020 - 03:37

This is terrible and sad news. I was hoping theyd hold off a bit longer with it still being so far out.

Completely agreed. I moaned aloud when I read this headline. I guess I'll have to keep my fingers crossed for DC in August.

 

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Posted 08 April 2020 - 16:05

Sad but I guess necessary...


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Posted 08 April 2020 - 16:09

I had hoped it would be rescheduled to later in the year, July likely would be too soon, but a December show would be nice as no one has one then and there is seldom anything to do in December (pen related).

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Posted 08 April 2020 - 17:12

December is already packed with all of the holiday activities.   I  think that there's a reason why Ohio is the last one of the year.


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Posted 08 April 2020 - 18:20

I'm just hoping that the Ohio Show doesn't get cancelled, since that's the closest thing I have to a "local" show.  

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ETA:  And for that one, it's not just COVID-10 to worry about.  It's whether another site can be found, since apparently the old hotel is being torn down and the replacement is NOT going to cater to conventions.

Hmmm.  Wonder what the actual Columbus Convention Center costs for smaller events than the gaming con my husband used to go to.  I know that in the past I've heard that the Pittsburgh Convention Center can cater to small events as well as big ones like the Home & Garden Show and Anthrocon (the annual Furries Convention -- the downtown merchants LOVE it when the Furries are in town, BTW, because they spend money... B)).


Edited by inkstainedruth, 08 April 2020 - 18:25.

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Posted 08 April 2020 - 19:27

Emails with Terry yesterday - he has a hotel.  He'll announce what and where in due time.  One hopes that this mess is cleared up by then.


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Posted 08 April 2020 - 22:20

Awesome news!  Thanks, Ron.  

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Posted 11 April 2020 - 20:42

On rescheduling St. Louis:

 

  • December wasn't an option. Lousy St. Louis weather + Christmas = crappy pen show.
  • Between the Ohio show and Thanksgiving, mid-October through November was a no-go.
  • We would never schedule the same weekend as another show (or even an adjacent weekend), so looking at what was available, most weekends in September & October were too close to our dear neighbors in Dallas, Denver, and Detroit. We didn't want to mess them up.
  • Really, the only month that would have worked schedule-wise was July, but (1) the hotel is booked and (2) we weren't sure if the virus thing would be cleared up by then. 

With so much uncertainty, we decided to cancel and focus on our triumphant return in 2021. Everyone on the board was disappointed, but the vote to cancel was unanimous.



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Posted 11 April 2020 - 21:01

I understand about the iffy weather in December or later and earlier might require another cancelation. Perhaps the Atlana show could be rescheduled for December, unlikely, but the weather less iffy that far south.
Other than religious activities which at that time of year for certain Christians becomes slightly busier, early December, after Thanksgiving is generally a good time for some of us and I would think a Pen Show, which by its nature focuses on shopping might be a good place to buy presents.

Edited by Parker51, 11 April 2020 - 21:02.







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