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Latest News on the Mississippi Mini August 1st

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Great news gang,

Mike Mulvenna from Phoenix, Arizona will also be at our Mini to demonstate Light Show Pro. This Mini is really shaping up to be a great event.

Larry

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Great news gang,

Mike Mulvenna from Phoenix, Arizona will also be at our Mini to demonstate Light Show Pro. This Mini is really shaping up to be a great event.

Larry

Wow it is going to be good. We have 2 major things in this years display that came from last years mini. Looking forward to get some new ideas for 2011's display. Thanks Bro Larry for all your work on the mimi and thanks to Dale W also.

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We will not be able to make it. We thought that it was agreed at last year's mini to leave it in September, middle of August is the worst possible time. We are trying to get kids back in school and off to college that weekend. I guess we will try to make it to Chicago for regional Labor Day weekend.

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Hey everyone, Just wanted to tell everyone to be careful on their way to Flowood. If you need any help or info call me at 601-540-2567. The library opens at 9:00. Belinda will put the coffee pot on and we should be ready to go at 9:30. See you in the morning!

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Hey everyone, Just wanted to tell everyone to be careful on their way to Flowood. If you need any help or info call me at 601-540-2567. The library opens at 9:00. Belinda will put the coffee pot on and we should be ready to go at 9:30. See you in the morning!

We are on the way....see everyone in a couple of hours

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Just wanted asy Thank Bro Larry Putting on the MINI and Mike [Light Show Pro ], Dale [ coroplast ] , Steven [ rope lights ] and Walter and Jackie [ JUMP ]. Meet nice folks, and had a good time.

Thanks

Mike E

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Wow it was great to meet everyone at the mini. Thank you Bro Larry for putting the mini on. Thanks to Dale W also. We learned a lot from everyone and it was real nice just to talk displays with everyone. Walter and Jackie are pros at displays and was nice just to talk about everything after the mimi was over in parking lot. Mike really got the Light Pro system down path good demo. Dale had a great demo on coroplast.And I enjoyed the demo on keeping Christ in Christmas and video with LOR by Bro Larry. I will post pics later.

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