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Old 07-15-2017, 08:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Well, the Tulsa NGRC 2017 Banquet is tonight. So far, no one has stepped forward to bid on the 2020 NGRC. Unless for some bizarre reason they are keeping it a secret for some kind of surprise reveal, there will not be a 2020 Convention.

Start making plans for Portland in 2019. It might be the last one.
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Old 07-15-2017, 09:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Friends,
Best make plans to enjoy 2018 in Atlanta and 2019 in Portland. See http://ngrc2018.com/ for info on Atlanta. I am hopeful that someone will come forward for 2020, but as of yet, there is no 2020. Get you fix in 2018 & 2019!
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This happens every couple of years and I have not seen a year get skipped yet.
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Part of the problem may be that it takes a fairly large and well-organized local club to sponsor a convention, and membership numbers may have been dwindling in recent years. Some time ago, the local Roanoke club (now inactive) was invited to sponsor a convention. With less than twelve members, I had to respectfully decline. So I can see where the search for a sponsoring club may take well over a year.

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Granted, I'm new at the convention thing, but, learning what I have recently, I don't see any way someone could put on a national convention in under three years. Asking around, most venues suitable for an event this size typically require at least two, often more, years advance booking. That's one of the reasons we are holding the convention in September. When we got the bid in 2016, all the viable venues in June/July/August 2019 had already been booked for a year.

So, unless some one comes forward in the next few hours, there will likely not be a convention in 2020. Once the momentum is lost, I don't see it recovering.

I would absolutely love to see someone prove me wrong.
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Friend,
At this point, the 2020 host would likely have to be Denver or Cincinnati, or some other location that already has the structure in place from past hosting.
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Was any action taken at the the banquet?

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I've heard a rumor that 2020 could be in New Mexico, Albuquerque, the town.
That could entice me to go...
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Friends,
Reports from the banquet at Tulsa was that no one presented a bid for 2020. So, officially, there is still no 2020 convention site. Maybe someone will come forward at Atlanta next June to bid for 2020. We can always hope!
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Friends,
It is February 6, 2018. There have been a few inquires about a table for a bid for 2020 and a couple questions about what it takes or how to host a convention. However, no one has yet made an official request for space to promote the 2020 National Garden Railroad Convention.I do hope someone steps up. We will provide them space.
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