I will be there all three days.
Friday I will be setting the display with Inga Wolffe. This year is a departure from past years. Instead of the one big room on the end of the building, we have three rooms near the lobby. The display will be set up in these three rooms. I will be bringing a small Tokonoma I built several years ago for a little variation. I will be doing a three tiered shohin exhibit of my own trees for one of these rooms.
Sat. I have a black pine workshop with Johnny Uchida.
Sun. I will be wearing my head in a splint for the drive home!
The brochure makes it sound like the event is probably already full:
"We will be able to accommodate the first 275 people for full registration on a first come first
served basis. ...There are 227 workshop openings available."
I have yet to see a bonsai convention that is sold out.
Anyway, I will be there on Saturday.
This convention always sells out.
That's great news. I wish all bonsai conventions were this hot.
Bonsai in America would be a popular pastime, convention tickets would be dealt by scalpers at double price, and we could make a nice living from it. Unfortunately, most of the bonsai events are struggling to attract visitors.
Only outside of California
Riverside was one of the best in five years as far as profitablity.
Nice to hear.
Could it be because the organizers kept the costs down?... which is the smart thing to do. I suspect that it was profitable not because the revenues were much higher, but because the Convention Center gave a heck of a deal, and in addition, the headliners did not charge an arm and a leg. Controlling costs is the best thing that can be done, in order to be financially successful in this convention business.
These are just my guesses, since I have not seen any books or records.
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