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terrypowerz

American Christmas Decorators Convention 2013, Indy

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Heads up for those that have not heard yet...

 

 ACDC - The American Christmas Decorators Conference
No matter if you're an extreme decorator, or new to the Christmas lighting hobby, this conference is for YOU!
Come join us June 20-22, 2013

 

Facebook page for the event;
https://www.facebook.com/AmXmasDeCon

Event registration page with more details:
http://acdc.whindo.com/

 

Registration is now open! :)

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 The agenda/schedule framework is in progress and will be posted soon.
We have been getting input on what people WANT to see and discuss and do rather than deciding everything for you!
(so it takes a bit more to get er done) :cool:

 There is going to be a good cross section of interests, so feel free to throw your 2 cents in!

We are confirming vendors/sponsors and speakers/moderators daily and will start posting them up in the next day or so and as they come in.

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Hey Terry,  

So I'm guessing this is the new "ICE" this year?   Is it going to be similar with most of the learning happening on Saturday with the meet n' greet Friday.  Just figuring out when I need that hotel room.   Looking forward to it.  Thanks so much!

 

Victor

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The American Christmas Decorators Conference IS replacing ICE, LUO, and C3...

The concept to form one larger event to make things easier, as well as more valuable for everyone is one that has been in the works for a while.

We will have ALL of the things that made each of the seperate events a success, so no matter if your interest is Blow Molds, DIY, LOR, pixels, or something in between, this is your event!

 

The central Indiana location was selected for ease of access, affordable amenities, and a large list of things to see and do for families while visiting.

 

The agenda is being finalized, but things will kick off on Thursday at Noon with the opening presentation and hands-on workshops in the afternoon, an informal dinner and meet and greet that evening. Friday and Saturday morning at 9 we have a full day schedule including continental breakfast and lunch (provided) and it will run through until 5-5:30, at which point everyone will be free to do thier own thing. Some of the die-hards that want to continue conversations into the evening will be welcome to hang out until we have to chase everyone off later that night to get some sleep. :P

 

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

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Look like I'll have some driving, we already have plans to be in Mackinaw City, MI on that Saturday or Sunday to get ready for the big car show the following weekend.

 

Looks like we will come there first then drive to Mackinaw City, MI from there. Now I'll just have to map out the best route from there to Mackinaw City anyone ever make that drive from that area?

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The American Christmas Decorators Conference IS replacing ICE, LUO, and C3...

The concept to form one larger event to make things easier, as well as more valuable for everyone is one that has been in the works for a while.

We will have ALL of the things that made each of the seperate events a success, so no matter if your interest is Blow Molds, DIY, LOR, pixels, or something in between, this is your event!

 

The central Indiana location was selected for ease of access, affordable amenities, and a large list of things to see and do for families while visiting.

 

The agenda is being finalized, but things will kick off on Thursday at Noon with the opening presentation and hands-on workshops in the afternoon, an informal dinner and meet and greet that evening. Friday and Saturday morning at 9 we have a full day schedule including continental breakfast and lunch (provided) and it will run through until 5-5:30, at which point everyone will be free to do thier own thing. Some of the die-hards that want to continue conversations into the evening will be welcome to hang out until we have to chase everyone off later that night to get some sleep. :P

 

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

 

Excellent!  Can't wait!

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I forgot to mention... if you want a good deal on a nice hotel close to the event, we have arranged a special rate just for the attendees of ACDC!

 

Follow the link below to make your reservation and you will save some $$  :)

 

http://hiltongardeninn.hilton.com/en/gi/groups/personalized/I/INDCAGI-XMAS13-20130619/index.jhtml

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Attention!

We are pleased to announce the first ever ACDC automobile decorating contest!

Judging will be on Friday evening at dusk (8:30-9:00) during ACDC after hours at The Barn at Village Farms main parking lot.

For safety reasons, your masterpiece does not have to be driven while decorated.

The only rule is that any lighting must be battery operated or powered from the vehicle... no extension cords from the building or light pole.

Let's see those creative decorating ideas in action! :)

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We wanted to take a moment to mention some of our sponsors who will also be onsite as vendors at ACDC as well.
Be certain to take advantage of the terrific deals while you are there! :)
 
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Is anyone interested in taking part in a sequencing challenge? :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It is getting close to the time when some of the vendors will be announcing any specials or deals exclusive for event attendees, and we will post those as soon as they announce them!

MOST if not all of the vendors will go out of their way to save you on shipping and deliver your order to you at the conference, and this is one of the reasons we posted their links... to help you get in contact with them to do just that.
If a person plays their cards right, they can save more on shipping then they spend to register!
(Don't ask how I know this...) :cool:

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Just a reminder for those that want to take advantage of the group discount for excellent lodging while your in town...
A little over 2 weeks left before the discount period expires... get your reservation in before it is too late!

Follow the link below to take advantage...

http://hiltongardeninn.hilton.com/en/gi/groups/personalized/I/INDCAGI-XMAS13-20130619/index.jhtml

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