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Andy Anderson

Pictures from the Virginia Mini

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A few pictures from the Virginia Mini.  Delicious cupcakes from Paul's Bakery in Fredericksburg compliments of Paul Glancy.  A couple of pictures of the door prizes compliments of LOR, WOW Lights, Paul Sessel/CDI, Christmas Done Bright, Holiday Lights Express, Christmas LEDs,and Christmas Light Show.  Many thanks to these sponsors.  A few pictures of items people brought from their display to share with the group and a few pictures of some of the many attendees.

 

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GREAT!  Looks like you have a pretty active group of enthusiasts in your area to be able to draw that many for a mini. I only know of a handful of real enthusiasts in the entire State of Utah. 

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We have a good group that likes to get together and talk Christmas.  We all look forward to our annual mini.  You need to look at some of your neighboring states.  We have some that come from Maryland and North Carolina.

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