Old  September 3rd, 2012, 5:05pm     #1
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2013 National Sweepstakes Convention
The 2013 National Sweepstakes Convention will be held in Salt Lake City, UT on June 26-30, 2013. All information can be found on the SaltLakeCityUT2013 website!

Who runs the convention and decides where it will be?

There has to be a sweep club (or dedicated individuals) willing to come to a convention and put a bid in for it- "state their case" so to speak as to why their community should host the convention - if there is a club willing to do the work and can come to a convention, attend a Past/Present/Future Convention Hosts meeting and put together the bid for it - that is then taken to the large group attending that convention and it is voted on. There is a lot of support from past convention hosts that will assist with details and items leading up to and throughout the weekend. There is no National Convention Sweepstakes Committee or anything like that - sweepers rely on the clubs or individuals to step up and host. Pulling off a convention for 600+ sweepers is no easy task - so you have to have a strong club and/or strong leadership to make it happen. As you can see from the list below there have been conventions all over - any location is welcome to bid

Past/Present/Future Convention Hosts:

1990 - Lansing, MI
1991 - Clemson, SC
1992 - Arlington, TX
1993 - Annapolis, MD
1994 - Indianapolis, IN
1995 - San Diego, CA
1996 - Nashville, TN
1997 - Naperville, IL
1998 - New Orleans, LA
1999 - Arlington, TX
2000 - Bahama Cruise Convention
2001 - Orlando, FL
2002 - Louisville, KY
2003 - Baltimore, MD
2004 - San Diego, CA
2005 - Moline, IL
2006 - Scottsdale, AZ
2007 - Dearborn, MI
2008 - San Antonio, TX
2009 - Manchester, NH
2010 - Bloomington, MN
2011 - Ft Wayne, IN
2012 - Atlanta, GA
2013 - Salt Lake City, UT
2014 - FL, location TBD
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  Old  January 26th, 2013, 6:55pm     #2
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What do you get for paying Registration Fees $185, a bit much
There is a great cost involved in renting a meeting site - check any hotel and see what they charge for a large ballroom for 3 days! Then ask about a meal (banquet) and what the cost is per person and how many meals have to be guarenteed! Then if you want the attendees to 'Hear' and 'See', ask about the cost for renting audio equipment for 3 days of the convention. Starts adding up fast!!!!! AND most facilities will not allow you to bring this in from outside. You have to rent from them. And how about the rental of the vendor room and meeting rooms is there are breakout sessions? These are some of the costs involved in putting on a convention and where your registration fee goes.

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  Old  June 20th, 2013, 12:43pm     #3
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There is a great cost involved in renting a meeting site - check any hotel and see what they charge for a large ballroom for 3 days! Then ask about a meal (banquet) and what the cost is per person and how many meals have to be guarenteed! Then if you want the attendees to 'Hear' and 'See', ask about the cost for renting audio equipment for 3 days of the convention. Starts adding up fast!!!!! AND most facilities will not allow you to bring this in from outside. You have to rent from them. And how about the rental of the vendor room and meeting rooms is there are breakout sessions? These are some of the costs involved in putting on a convention and where your registration fee goes.
What you said is undoubtably true. It however does not answer the question; what does the person paying the $185 get besides (I assume) an admittance ticket to the building. Meals, discounts, entertainment?

I am not arguing about the need to charge that, just what do I get as a customer.

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  Old  June 20th, 2013, 2:46pm     #4
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What you said is undoubtably true. It however does not answer the question; what does the person paying the $185 get besides (I assume) an admittance ticket to the building. Meals, discounts, entertainment?

I am not arguing about the need to charge that, just what do I get as a customer.
You get sessions Thursday night, Friday morning, Friday afternoon, Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. Each of these sessions have prize giveaways. While I can't speak for what the prizes are this year, in the past they the top prize in each session has been things like iPads There is also a banquet on Saturday.

While it is a lot of money, its comparatively not, For example, my company is doing a 1 day event for our customers. Some informational training, and a dinner and we are charging $129, for ONE DAY.

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