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Chuck,

Thank you for a wonderful Expo. I thourghly enjoyed every minute of it. Thanks to everyone behind the scenes. The classes were wonderful. I was so good to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. See everyone again next time.

Mira

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Mira, I want to publically thank you for making sure the vendors were taken care of. I really appreciate it and so did they.

Thanks again, I really do appreciate it.

Marilyn

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Thank you Chuck and everyone behind the scenes that put the event together. Can't wait for the next one.

The Demented Elf was there in disguise? I wish I would have known you were there. I would have loved to meet you.

Edited by buddhawood

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Chuck, Walter, Jackie, Dale, et all. Thank you for a classy event. I can't imagine the untold hours to pull off a first class conference, but it certainly showed. It was greatly appreciated by those in attendance.

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Yes, Thank you all.... I had a great time and scored some great deals. I even learned a thing or two! I was disappointed when it ended, I was there till most vendors where gone. Sad seeing them all leave! Oh well maybe I'll be back next year!

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Thanks to everyone for setting up such a great expo!!!. This was my first year going, and it made it easier being so close. I got a lot of information from the vendors and others who attended. TONS of ideas! THANK YOU

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I thought the classes were great, the vendor hall was amazing and it was all Very well run. Thank you very much! And a special thanks to WinterLand and LOR for sponsoring the evening social events!

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This was my first EXPO and we really enjoyed ourselves! although I was only able to be there wed and thurs, I was like a kid in a candy store.. and left with much joy and excitment!

Thanks again!

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And a special Thank You to the vendors and speakers who gave away door prizes. Especially those where I won something! Paul Sessel of Creative Displays Inc. and Steven Paul (Inflatables). I guess that means I'm a "puffer" now! :D

Edited by BaldEagleChristmas

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I'd Like to echo that. Although I had to leave on Saturday morning (had to return to reality for work). It was nice to get the phone call from Paul saying I had won the lights in the drawing with Creative Displays. Even though I had to take a pass on the lights for leaving early, I hope they'll be enjoyed by someone!!! Maybe I'll get to stick around for the whole event next time.

Edited by Chip

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