February/March 2020 Updates

By Dwayne Anthony; posted March 3, 2020

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2020 NIA National Show Update 51st National Show - - Logan, Utah June 12-14, 2020

The 51st NIA National Show and Convention is just around the corner now. This is the 1st National to be held in the beautiful state of Utah. Preparations are well under way. The show hall in the newly constructed Cache County Fairgrounds Event Center is spacious (20,000 sq. ft.), well lit (skylights plus LED), air conditioned, free Wi Fi, and has easy access. There's room for 156 sales tables, 40 exhibit tables, and wide aisles. The banquet will be held in the Riverwoods Conference Center with the meal provided by one of the best restaurants in the valley. Our host hotel, a Marriott Springhill Suites, is relatively new and has excellent accommodations at reasonable rates for show attendees and includes free parking, free breakfast, and free Wi Fi. Rooms are filling up fast. Visit: https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1562030125853&key=GRP&app=resvlink or call Hailey at (435) 750-5180 for the discounted room rate. The discount rate applies before and after the show dates for those that would like to spend more time in the valley.

Very IMPORTANT: If you have an older dealer packet that says you need a Utah Sales Tax License please ignore that. A very simple sales tax form and envelop will be provided in the dealer bags given out at the show.

For those collectors attending the banquet, we have just contracted for some very special entertainment open to all banquet attendees. Katie Mathews, a very talented vocalist, and her accompaniment will be performing live background music during the social hour prior to the banquet. If you are planning to attend the banquet please be sure to sign up prior to the show. Our attendee count for the hall setup and food needs to be turned in prior to the start of the show.

We are also adding an Art Contest as part of the show. We invite collectors of all ages to enter their original insulator related art or craft project. There will be awards in various age categories. While there isn't a formal signup for entry prior to the show, please let us know if you plan to have an entry so we can arrange sufficient space.

There will be complimentary donuts, coffee, and other drinks in the show hall each morning thanks to a very generous sponsor that is covering the cost.

Dealer and exhibitor reservations are steadily showing up now. As of February1st nearly 1/2 of the sales tables are reserved and about 40% of the exhibit tables are reserved. It appears we will have some amazing displays in addition to the community "Beehive" display. Please contact Mike Green, n2glass@centurylink.net or (303) 549-5028, if you have a special "Beehive" to display.

Our show advertising is well underway and will include ads going out to antique stores, shows, and collectors throughout Utah and Southern Idaho. We are expecting a large turnout of walk-in attendees. Some amazing insulators showed up at our last swap meet a couple of years back.

There are still openings for the optional bus tour to the Golden Spike National Monument and other stops on Wednesday, June 10th. Visit http://www.nia.org/shows/2020_national/index.htm for full details.

There are also still openings for the optional Thursday bus tour to Salt Lake City. Again, full details can be found at http://www.nia.org/shows/2020_national/index.htm

In addition to the show itself and the pre-show bus excursions, there are numerous things to see and do in and around the beautiful valley. If you have the time, plan an extended stay.

For more complete information, dealer packet, signup sheets, and links to various sites of interest visit: http://www.nia.org/shows/2020_national/index.htm or contact your show hosts:

Don or Jeanne Briel Arnold or Linda Smith P. O. Box 188 796 North 700 East Providence, UT 84332 Morgan, UT 84050 (435) 753-5786 (801) 750-5180 Don. Briel@comcast.net smithlrh@hotmail.com

We are still looking for donations for the silent auction to help defray some of the show expenses. Donations are to the NIA, a 501c3 organization, usually makes donations tax deductible. If you plan to bring donations to the show please let us know in advance. If shipping them, please send donations to the show hosts or to:

Shauna Smith (Silent auction coordinator) 1110 Mahogany Ridge Rd. Morgan, UT 84050 (801) 372-7866 nonna21@hotmail.com

REMEMBER: Dealers, Exhibitors, Helpers, and Friday attendees must be current NIA members. If you are not a current NIA member, renewing your NIA membership at least a month ahead of the show will avoid a wait at the front table. While only current NIA members are allowed in the show hall and at the Membership meeting on Friday, non-members will be allowed into the seminars after the Membership meeting.