Due to some family issues, @Michaelinvegas has not been online for a while, and I am doing what I believe he would want us to do in this situation.
This thread will be detailing the progress and an open discussion about the 2018 Electric skateboard convention that I would like to host in my hometown of Pleasanton, California. When I first presented this idea, people seemed to be onboard because Pleasanton is right at the end of the BART line that spans the Bay Area, and it has plenty of facilities for us to use. Previously, I wanted to use the Ken Mercer Sports park and The Preserve for most of our events, however in doing research and after contacting the city for a little introduction to my idea (nothing has been approved yet, I’m working on it), I believe it is best to use another area at my disposal:
THE ALAMEDA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS:
This area is huge, and it hosts hundreds of events every year, it’s been around for decades and is well known for car shows and of course, the Alameda County Fair. It is available for rent, with a permit and at a decent cost, but I believe it is an absolutely fantastic facility that would support tents from hundreds of vendors in the several large conference center buildings:
It also has something that may be of interest to those doing offroad racing: A dirt horse track! This surrounds the beautiful golf course, and is open for use if we rent the property (at extra cost).
I will however need funds and experts who are willing to help me, and I am working hard to get this rolling but any help from vendors who are willing to contribute or at least show up and rent a booth (I.e. @treenutter, @longhairedboy, @psychotiller, @oriol360, @PredatorBoards, etc. .) would be greatly appreciated. Let’s see this happen!
FOR THOSE WHO DIDN’T READ ALL OF THAT: The idea so far is simple: -Get sponsors from anywhere possible to rent Alameda County Fairgrounds for the weekend -Host during a weekend in July (I know it gets hot, but we can manage and the larger buildings ARE air conditioned) -Have access to the conference center so that vendors can display new technology and developments -Have a swap/trade area -Use one of the large (and well paved) parking lots for sprint competitions as well as loop track competitions -Use the horse racing track for off-road competition
I’m also thinking (in rough numbers at this time) Entrance Fee for General public: 20$/person 10$ if you’re a racer
Prizes for winning races are TBD Price for booths for vendors is TBD
Thoughts? Concerns? Questions? Willing to help? Let me know.
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EDIT: Attendance Lists
Ok I’ve made two roster lists, anyone clicking on these links can edit so please be honest and responsible. If you do not know things like the number of guests that you will bring, go ahead and write “idk”
GENERAL ATTENDANCE (Anyone other than vendors):