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BroLarry

Mississippi Mini 2011

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After receiving messages from several people, we ARE going to have the Mississippi Mini this summer. It will be held on August 13th. Check back from time to time in order to receive the most updates details. We hope to see as many as possible in June at the Christmas Expo in Gatlinburg and then the Mississippi Mini in August. Be Blessed! Bro. Larry

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We'll see ya'll in TN!!! Hopefully might be able to cross the border to come to the mini. I think I'm going to have to take the bull by the horns and organize our own mini over here in LA. Might be try to get with you, Mike, and get some tips on planning at Plus. Looking forward to meeting everybody.

Mikah and Laura Crochet

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Looking forward to Mississippi Mini that is Aug. 13th in Jackson MS....can't wait to see all of you....

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Mikah and Laura Crochet,

Send me your mailing address so I can send you a flier and invitation letter.

Bro. Larry

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Plans continue to come together for our Mississippi Mini 2011. If you are interested in coming and haven't sent me a physical address, please do so ASAP. I'll get a letter and flier out to you within a couple of days.Time is getting short. Hope to see you there!

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Whoo, Wee. It's hot all across the central and northeast parts of the country. Things are heating up with the Mississippi Mini as well. I talked to Walter and Jackie Monkhouse this morning and they have agreed to bring a presentation to the Mississippi Mini never seen before! We've got presentations including Getting the Word Out about your display, Adding something new to LOR, I have been asked to repeat my presentation on the History of Saint Nicholas, and others. Oh Yeah, the Man in the Red Suit will be here as well. There are a couple of other presentations that are in the works as well if I can overcome some techincal problems. Don't forget the fellowship and idea sharing!

If you need me to send you a flyer, Send me your mailing address ASAP and I'll get it out to you.

We are going to have a great time!

Larry

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I know we got to see some of our friends at the Christmas Expo....but it will be good to be able to talk to you guys about this year's display....At the Expo so many classes going on and you would just keep walking the vendor hall because it was so good....so looking forward to fellowship with our friends at the Mississippi Mini.

August 13th.....

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Okay everyone, we are down to the wire. Our Mini is this Saturday. We have our presenters lined up, lots to talk about after the Gatlinburg Expo, we have some inspiring video to see and maybe some else if I can get through the techinical problems. Please let me know (If you haven't already) if you will attend so that we will have enough goodies.

Looking forward to the Mississippi Mini

Larry

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Haven't been on the site much lately but thought I would be contacted since I live here in Brandon ... guess I'm persona non grata.

Can someone let me know the "where" and "what"?

Thank you,

Tom

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Hey Tom, Have not heard from you in a while. Come on in the morning at 9:30 at the Flowood Library. Plenty of room for one more!

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We'll everything I know to do to have a successful Mini is done. The truck is packed and I'm bushed! Everyone have a good night sleep and we'll see you in the morning at 9:30 at the 2011 Mississippi Mini Expo.

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Well the 2011 Mississippi Mini is history. We had a great time. I especially want the thank the Monkhouses, Steven Paul, and Dale Woodall for all their help. We had several new attendees and I can only hope that everyone got as much out of our time together as I did. You are a great bunch of people that I am fortunate to call friends. May God bless you all in your travels home and I can't wait to see photos/videos of your 2011 Displays.

Now to unload the truck and go to bed.

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Just returned home from the Mississippi Mini. Wow! What a great time we had. It was good seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Thank you Bro Larry for hosting this event. The "catfish social " was terrific . Thats the best catfish and cornbread we have ever had.

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Here are some pics from the MS Mini....We had a great time and have learned alot to add to the future displays...

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