Originally posted by AutocroSSer:
Changing the date is NOT AN OPTION. Why? Can't get the event sites to all line up on ANY other week during June/July. ALL of the other options were already taken by one venue or another.
I think for a lot of reasons, this is why having a "permanent" venue and date for the ISSCA Nationals makes an awful lot of sense.
BK is right that there are not so many large B Body events that we can't possibly do them all in a year without bumping into each other. There are weekends that will work and once we agree that's a good course of action we can pick up the pieces and move forward.
Having the event the same date and location every year is going to give us more clout with the venues, more clout with the hotels, and make it so that instead of reinventing the event every year in a new location we're building on last year's success.
I may not be speaking for every member in Region 11 when I say this, but I believe that a lot of the concern with the July 4th date isn't so much that this year (2006) is going to be packed on top of itself, it's that we've gone though a three years of that now and there was a great deal of concern that was a trend that was going to continue. It took this long to make bubbles on the surface because until the ISSCA nationals took place in our neck of the woods, many region 11 members (myself included) had never attended an ISSCA National event. That wasn't because of the distance but because it was always just about impossible when it was right on top of LISST Drag Day and Carlisle. Now that we've been to one, I think most if not all of us want to add it to our yearly plans, but not at the expense of other large regional things that we've been doing for years already. I think most people would feel like that also faced with the same decisions.
Speaking for myself, and I hope a majority of the region 11 membership too, I think we can work with 2006 being a little tight so long as we're breaking the cycle of having to deal with the same conflict year after year. We might have to leave Indy on thursday night or friday morning to make it, but we can get everywhere we need to be in time.
ISSCA has acknowledged that they are now aware of these dates and how important they are to us in the NorthEast. I think that's a big accomplishment for everybody, and that should hopefully mean that we can find a workable solution in the future. A little confidence in ISSCA from the Northeast membership and everyone else that we're going to keep working on that solution wouldn't hurt either.
I wasn't originally fond of the idea of a set venue for this event until I gave it some thought and realized how it would help us improve the event in many ways, this date conflict issue being one of them.
ISSCA Director, Region 11