TDIFest 2016 location discussion

john.jackson9213

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Big Sky was "under discussion" earlier in the summer I do believe.

But it would be a BIG help if some bid requrements/needs existed in a printed form. That does not exist, so it makes putting together a bid package very much a hit and miss proposition each year.
 

romad

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Big Sky was "under discussion" earlier in the summer I do believe.

But it would be a BIG help if some bid requrements/needs existed in a printed form. That does not exist, so it makes putting together a bid package very much a hit and miss proposition each year.
Whoever does the "official" blessing of a proposal should have that (at least as a checklist) after what, 13? fests. If they don't, then maybe the group that did this year's could come up with one?
 

LarryMax

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Newbe at this. 2015 was my first TDI Fest. great get away for the bride and I. Not going to step on toes but I have made some inquires at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey PA. and some other resorts in Lancaster County, PA. just to get an Idea of whats avaliable in my area. And would be willing to help here or volunteer at another site what that site is decided upon. until then I will try to compile something close by the Pennsylvania area. even if it gets used in 2017 or later. I know these take time and a huge effort. My hats off to those setting up the 2015 I had a great time. THANK YOU TO ALL AND THEIR EFFORTS !!!
 

MonsterTDI09

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Whoever does the "official" blessing of a proposal should have that (at least as a checklist) after what, 13? fests. If they don't, then maybe the group that did this year's could come up with one?

Fred gives the official blessing to the location. They do have a check list. There is a lot more to it,as we have found out in the pass couple of years.
 

LarryMax

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Also if someone could give me some insight about the auction and raffle I understand some states won't allow TDI Fest to conduct their own but have to hire outside licensed people to do this... Thoughts ?
 

MonsterTDI09

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Also if someone could give me some insight about the auction and raffle I understand some states won't allow TDI Fest to conduct their own but have to hire outside licensed people to do this... Thoughts ?
This can be a problem.
 

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This can be a problem.
Right.

I'm not really convinced of the value of those things anyhow. From a vendor point of view, since much of the stuff sells at a significant discount, I'd much rather just donate the cash equivalent. From a user point of view, I'd rather have the banquet dinner feature a "keynote" speaker of some sort.

I'm not part of organizing these, so please don't take what I am saying as a criticism at all. That being said, I think that TDIFest would be well served if it made itself a bit more formal, more conference, less GTG. For me, I think a big draw would be for outside speakers and more in-depth and official tech sessions.
 

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Right.

I'm not really convinced of the value of those things anyhow. From a vendor point of view, since much of the stuff sells at a significant discount, I'd much rather just donate the cash equivalent. From a user point of view, I'd rather have the banquet dinner feature a "keynote" speaker of some sort.

I'm not part of organizing these, so please don't take what I am saying as a criticism at all. That being said, I think that TDIFest would be well served if it made itself a bit more formal, more conference, less GTG. For me, I think a big draw would be for outside speakers and more in-depth and official tech sessions.
It's not the value. It how the way money is exchange according to Maine Law. A keynote speaker cost big bucks. If you would like pay for a speaker
They sure would look into it.

I though the Tech sessions were fine not short or to long.
 

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The Tech sessions were of a nice length but I missed a few due to helping with other Fest activities. I'm sure a lot of people would attend if IDParts sponsored a keynote speaker.
 

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Right.



I'm not really convinced of the value of those things anyhow. From a vendor point of view, since much of the stuff sells at a significant discount, I'd much rather just donate the cash equivalent. From a user point of view, I'd rather have the banquet dinner feature a "keynote" speaker of some sort.



I'm not part of organizing these, so please don't take what I am saying as a criticism at all. That being said, I think that TDIFest would be well served if it made itself a bit more formal, more conference, less GTG. For me, I think a big draw would be for outside speakers and more in-depth and official tech sessions.

I absolutely understand and appreciate your point of view, however, a simple cash donation is less interesting from an attendee perspective. So while it is more work to organize the various auctions and raffles, people get more entertainment out of it when they can win items and participate in those activities. This is just my point of view, of course. I may be totally off base, and a cash donation could free up our time to plan other activities.

We will be sending out a survey for this year's fest, and we appreciate brutal honesty. Positive feedback is wonderful, but we learn from criticisms. :)
 

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Speaking of other activities, I would love to see a swap meet, and we have received feedback that more introductory tech sessions would be helpful for those attendees who aren't familiar with how vehicles work.
 

VeeDubTDI

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Big Sky is nice. I've been to that resort in summer. When I was there in July there was still snow at the top of the mountain.

Big Sky is daunting, being so remote for so many people. I know it would be an amazing place, but how many people would actually put up and show up?
 

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You're probably right. It's in the middle of effing nowhere. Better to be in a more urban/central location. I still like Colorado Springs, Denver, Vail, or Aspen as options.
 

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Colorado sounds cool, I have a cousin out there.

Just hoping which ever location is near everyone, that way the turn out stays huge.

I heard the more central the fest the bigger the turns outs, just what I hear at least.

But never been to Colorado,
 

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Who do I need to private message for the needs of the Fest ? Or am I to new to be considering this ?

I'm always willing to share Fest information. Send me a message when you get a chance.
 

dmcdon2851

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Newbe at this. 2015 was my first TDI Fest. great get away for the bride and I. Not going to step on toes but I have made some inquires at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey PA. and some other resorts in Lancaster County, PA. just to get an Idea of whats avaliable in my area. And would be willing to help here or volunteer at another site what that site is decided upon. until then I will try to compile something close by the Pennsylvania area. even if it gets used in 2017 or later. I know these take time and a huge effort. My hats off to those setting up the 2015 I had a great time. THANK YOU TO ALL AND THEIR EFFORTS !!!
I think Hershey would be fantastic and would assist in drawing from the Midwest and the East Coast...
 

romad

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I think Hershey would be fantastic and would assist in drawing from the Midwest and the East Coast...
It has never been a problem getting attendees from those areas; the problem is getting those from WEST of the Mississippi. Of course, a Fest held west of the river would probably draw more Westerners than Easterners. A location that is roughly the same distance between the East Coast & the West Coast, British Columbia & Florida, and Southern California & New Brunswick might be a good compromise (though I'd like to see one up in the four western provinces of Canada).
 

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It has never been a problem getting attendees from those areas; the problem is getting those from WEST of the Mississippi. Of course, a Fest held west of the river would probably draw more Westerners than Easterners. A location that is roughly the same distance between the East Coast & the West Coast, British Columbia & Florida, and Southern California & New Brunswick might be a good compromise (though I'd like to see one up in the four western provinces of Canada).
So... St. Louis?

The issue is not finding a good location. The issue is getting people to do the legwork in a good location. ;)
 

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I would like to attend one in Belize or Alaska. Can we do a TDIClub Fest cruise? Something going through the Panama Canal would be nice, although probably a bit longer than we can fit into the Labor Day weekend. :D ;)
 

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Colorado is very cool (I took a trip to Denver this summer), but would we really want to put that many turbos at risk going a mile above sea level?

Tennessee would be really cool though. The state is absolutely beautiful. The VW plant is down there and I bet we can find some open roads for some light heart competition :)
 

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Tennessee would be really cool though. The state is absolutely beautiful. The VW plant is down there and I bet we can find some open roads for some light heart competition :)
*cough cough* THE DRAGON *cough cough*
 
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