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    BACFest 2016

    As we prepare to head to Dubuque, Iowa next month for BACFest 2015, it is time to start thinking and planning our BACFest for 2016. Tentative dates for the event September 29, 2016 to October 2, 2016. We also need to think about a location for the event. It would be wonderful to have any submissions for a BACFest location to have a name(s) submitted for the event chairperson(people). Our BACFest 2015 has 3 local event supporters/chairpeople (Denis, Jim and Matt) who are "shepherding" the planning of event activities.

    Here are some suggested locations thus far:
    Pigeon Forge, TN
    Host Airport: KGKT - Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport
    Closest Commercial Airport - Knoxville, TN (TYS)
    Potential Host Hotels:
    Option1: Dollywood's Dream More Resort
    Option 2: Inn at Christmas Place
    Comments: Great Resort area with lots of activities including Dollywood (Dolly Parton's Park) Appalachian-themed park, also Country Music venues, dinner theaters, etc...


    Myrtle Beach, SC
    Host Airport: KCRE - Grand Strand Airport
    Closest Commercial Airport - Myrtle Beach Airport (MYR)
    Potential Host Hotels:
    Option 1: BayWatch Resort and Conference Center
    Option 2: Ocean Drive Beach and Golf Resort
    Comments: Great resort area, Ocean, Golfing, etc...


    Tullahoma, TN
    Host Airport: KTHA - Tullahoma Regional
    Closest Commercial Airport - Chattanooga (CHA) or Nashville (BNA)
    Potential Host Hotels:
    Hampton Inn
    Holiday Inn Express

    Comments: Home of the Beechcraft Heritage Museum on the grounds of KTHA

    These are some other location suggestions:
    Lancaster, PA (close to Hershey, PA, PA Dutch, Sensenich Propeller)
    Erie, PA


    I look forward to more discussion through this thread on a suitable location for BACFest 2016.

    Thank you!
    Chris Nowak
    N47 - Pottstown, PA

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    If Myrtle Beach is selected there is good service at KMYR as well as KCRE. and less crowded. A few miles apart but lots more room.

    Paul Werbin
    Mid-Atlantic Regional Director

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    Great feedback Paul. It has been many years since I have been to Myrtle Beach. I suggested KCRE thinking that it might be less crowded from a traffic perspective as well as its proximity to the suggested host hotel. I will place KMYR on the list as a point of discussion and decision-making should Myrtle Beach be the selected location.

    Chris Nowak
    Chris Nowak
    N47 - Pottstown, PA

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    I thought a primary item in the selection process was a focal person willing to host and set it up?

    Hasn't Cloyd offered to host and pay for everything himself, at New Orleans?

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    You hit-the-nail-on-the-head Bill.... I'm hoping that with the suggestions, I get event chairpeople willing to step up. As far as Cloyd and N.O., .....shoot, I have not seen any posts to date...
    Chris Nowak
    N47 - Pottstown, PA

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    Dave:

    Since you;re already scouting NOLA the week before BF15, apply for citizenship and host it yourself!!! LOL

    Rap

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    Rap,
    NIce try!!!

    No, thanks. I leave that to someone else. I would like to see new locations, rather than ones that have been previously visited. I think that a location should be where many members could easily fly their planes and also have close commercial airports for others. I agree with Chris, that having the people in place to host the event is top of the list.
    Dave

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    How about texas but not in the big class b mess at dallas. Maybe San Antonio.
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    I agree I'd like to see new places for BACFest. That leaves out San Antonio, Myrtle Beach and the Gatlinburg (Sevierville) area.

    How about Savannah, Georgia or maybe the Florida Gulf coast? Seems like it's time for the Eastern US again.
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    I would help set up a Bahamas BACFest if we wanted one!

    Paul Werbin
    Mid-Atlantic Regional Director

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