You can't limit the Fest location to the middle 2/3 of the country. Then you're asking the same people to host. Those on the left and right coasts couldn't be on the committee and there are a lot of nice possible locations on both coasts. It would be nice if we could all make it to all the Fests, but that's just not reality. If you want it closer to home, form a committee and submit a proposal.
My suggestion is/was as follows;
If you were to number the geographical location of the US/Canada such
that California etc. was #1 (being leftmost on the map) MO is #5 (being in
the center) and any state on the east coast being a #10 (being as far
right as you can get without treading water.. Ya with me so far??
So far all Fests have been in a #9 or 10 state? Right?
How about a 2 or 3 state? or a 7 or 8 state?
If it were in a #1 state (anything hard on the coast, not just CA.)do
you think anyone is going to swim in...? Same thing for a #10 location!!
If you move in from the coast a little way, you have the POTENTIAL of
attracting more attendees.
I proposed LIMITING nothing
If you think Vegas or Denver or MN. or Branson or Wichita or OH. don't
have the facilties to handle 400 TDIers and their cars... well, you just
don't get out much.
If one year it was held in a 2-3 state or area and the next in a 7-8 state
or area, that would NOT be the same people... (Jeez!)
I already stated I do not want to host a fest. It does not need to stay on
either coast or the middle more than one year at a time....
Move the thing around! lets have some bids on not just next year, But
several years ahead. The longer the lead time, the better you can make
Did I mention that food, fuel, and lodging are generally cheaper the
farther you get from either coast????
Ohio (think Air Force Museum!) would be great! Longaberger baskets
are 1 1/2 hours from Dayton (I think). Wives will love that!
CO. is lovely and set up for tourists, Golden CO. has one of the best
train museums in the country.
I am not trying to take away anything from anybody! I am not trying
to get the fest to come to my state! or even the state next to mine!
If you can help with suggestions or comments please do!
If you just want to whine, stick it where the sun don't shine. (poetry!)