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ICE 2010 Date  

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  1. 1. ICE 2010 Date

    • End of June
    • Beginning of July (July 10th)
    • End July
    • Beginning of Aug
    • End of August
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Awwww, come on Terry, the voting is 2 to 1 June over July. The Fort Wayne Parade (3 Rivers) is July 10th. :(

I know... The Bikini National Fitness Championships in Hackensack, NJ are that day as well.

We ALL have to make sacrifices... :cool:

Seriously though...

Middle of June is Texas Lone Star Academy, end of June the town of Fishers has it's Freedom Fest (you won't be able to slip a spaghetti noodle sideways into the town that weekend), July 4th everyone I know is grilling out and lighting things that go boom...

Which brings us to July10th...

IF you can't make ICE on the 10th, what I would suggest is to try and attend Light Up Ohio in May, ~or~ Chicago on Labor Day weekend. ;)

I know I will be at both of them myself! :)

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Just keep in mind that the July 4th is on a Sunday this year and that may tie a lot of people up the last weekend in June. (9 day vacation)

A week before would be better.

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Just keep in mind that the July 4th is on a Sunday this year and that may tie a lot of people up the last weekend in June. (9 day vacation)

A week before would be better.

The date has been set...

ICE 2010

Saturday, July 10th Fishers Indiana

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The date has been set...

ICE 2010

Saturday, July 10th Fishers Indiana

ice&fire.jpg

I like that photo, could be our logo this year. "ICE, We're HOT!"

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From my good friend, Vash at Chinese Department Store. I have had many successful transactions with him.

http://www.chinesedepartmentstore.com.cn/osc/product_info.php/products_id/5135

We will have to disagree on this one.

We had a horrid experience with CDS.

All the details are documented here:

http://forums.planetchristmas.com/index.php?/topic/46770-unbelievable-conversation-with-chinesedepartmentstorecom/page__p__550457__hl__%2Bchinese+%2Bdepartment+%2Bstore__fromsearch__1#entry550457

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