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TDIFest 2014 Discussion about TDIFest 2014 which had been planed for the Labour Day weekend (August 29th to August 31st, 2014) in St Louis, Missouri and has unfortunately been cancelled.

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Old June 5th, 2014, 03:59   #61
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Old June 5th, 2014, 04:25   #62
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The Announcement post should be made into one of those forum announcements that is on the top of each page... I saw it the one time in my new threads listing but since it is locked for comments, it hasnt turned back up. its too easy to miss that way.
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Old June 5th, 2014, 05:10   #63
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I don't get it. On this forum we have people involved in all sorts of industries and folks that live in STL that could volunteer to make TDI Fest a go yet it is just canceled for some undisclosed reason?

They said they had to cancel because the forum couldn't afford to lose any money if it cratered? Lets start a collection then!

People help people here everyday with VW problems ..I mean they rebuilt a guys engine at the last fest! Why doesn't TDIclub ask for our help to get TDIfest off he ground?
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Old June 5th, 2014, 13:24   #64
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I don't get it. On this forum we have people involved in all sorts of industries and folks that live in STL that could volunteer to make TDI Fest a go yet it is just canceled for some undisclosed reason?

They said they had to cancel because the forum couldn't afford to lose any money if it cratered? Lets start a collection then!

People help people here everyday with VW problems ..I mean they rebuilt a guys engine at the last fest! Why doesn't TDIclub ask for our help to get TDIfest off he ground?
Please read Fred's post: http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=416291

There are evidently some details regarding Missouri law that are causing the issues...
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Old June 5th, 2014, 14:40   #65
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Now maybe Denver, CO or Victoria/Vancouver, B.C. will have a chance?
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Old June 5th, 2014, 16:15   #66
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Well, this is a bummer, but my wife was concerned anyway with it being over Labor Day and the kids having to be in school on Tuesday.
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Illinois is two miles east. Did they look into moving it across the river?
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Old June 5th, 2014, 18:39   #68
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I HOPE you're not suggesting East St. Louis!
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Old June 5th, 2014, 18:47   #69
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Now maybe Denver, CO or Victoria/Vancouver, B.C. will have a chance?
Yep, here's your chance.

I'm also disappointed that the big TDI Fest won't be held in St. Louis this year.

HOWEVER... Since I've already scheduled a bunch of time off from work around that weekend, I've begun investigating setting up a much smaller, local (or regional, depending on how out of control it gets) event for that weekend.

There isn't much time between now and the traditional Labo(u)r Day so it won't be anything big. It'll hopefully be enough that I can avoid the withdrawal symptoms of no Fest, pull something together to financially help Fred's, and do something I had wanted to do for the Boston TDI Fest, but wasn't able to at that time.

There's absolutely no reason that you, or anyone else, couldn't also set up a smaller, manageable mid-sized get-together in your own area. Whether to raise funds for the continued operation of Fred's, or as a trial /practice run for bidding on a future full-blown TDI Fest.

There are a LOT of Fred's members that can't make the week-long trip for a mid-continent fest, but could make a few hour day trip to a local event. There are also a LOT of members (maybe just me) that need to do something TDI that weekend.

So pull together a GTG in Reno, or Denver, or Erie, Chilliwack, Tuscaloosa, Minot, or where ever. Here's your chance.
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Hey guys, sad news, eh?

I wish to help shed some perspective on our situation here.

I believe this club is essentially a concoction of some passionate amatuers. It is not a professional business in itself, and its astounding size and caliber is only a testament to it's members. Wonderfully, it has reached further than imagined at it's inception but at the same time this leads into more responsibility in an ever-complicating world. So the way to look at this is as a properly pragmatic vetting of dealing with these issues for the future strength and integrity of the club. But these "legal and regulatory" matters are SO complicated and bureaucratical, they simply cannot be be sorted out before September, at BEST. And we certainly can't make plans or promises until everything is official. What matters is these guys are dedicated to going through these ordeals to keep us kosher with all authorites.

So while we're bummed out for a whole year, we'll come out better and stronger for it. This is just a big fat delay. A Fest vacation for fest makers! But I'm thinking STL 2015 for sure. With a LOT more time for me to plan and all the groundwork laid here already, I expect to push hard in a refreshed proposal as soon as the legal green light is on. Heck, I might even be able to get my original venue now.

So let's chin up and stay positive, I already thought circumstancially that this location at this time could brew a strong showing, but maybe that effect will increase with everyone jonesin' for an extra year!

Finally, it's not all Missouri's fault, it's just the other shoe dropping.

All right back to work for me.....
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There are a LOT of Fred's members that can't make the week-long trip for a mid-continent fest
I suppose a mid-continent fest would have been better than an incontinent fest...


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Finally, it's not all Missouri's fault, it's just the other shoe dropping.

All right back to work for me.....
It might help others thinking of planning such an event to say exactly what changed the last week of May to kill it.
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It might help others thinking of planning such an event to say exactly what changed the last week of May to kill it.
Post 75 sums it up pretty well for the most part.
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Post 75 sums it up pretty well for the most part.
Ah, it was that post that I quoted; primarily because it DOESN'T say what happened. There have been allusions to Missouri's tax code but here he implies that it was not a fault of Missouri. So what was it? Was it something that might trip up other, non-Missouri locations? If so, there is a chance of the situation being repeated down the line due to this. Inquiring minds want to know.
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