Friday, 3 July 2015

2015 Fair Review

The Fair is over for another year, and once again the Fair staff has outdone themselves!  I think each year gets better than the last.
The Fair Booth
The vendor hall
Roomy and I arrived a day early in Chicago this year and took advantage of the time to do some sightseeing downtown with some non-collector friends. We visited the Bean, and also the University of Chicago Oriental Museum (three of us have backgrounds in archaeology) before Roomy and I broke off to attend the Fair.
Elfpony thought the Bean was neat
Elfpony loves ancient art
Elfpony also loves deep dish pizza!
The Fair began with the Hall of Fame Dinner, excellent, as always, and made even more special by the attendance of royalty.
Princess Twilight Sparkle & me
Our booth, before all the decorations began falling off
Saturday we set up the booth and it was rock and roll from there on out.  With over 2,000 people in attendance, Roomy was kept busy at the booth and I heartlessly abandoned her to go pony shopping.  Saturday night was the pajama party movie night, complete with popcorn and plushies.  Sunday was much of the same, but also with volunteering in the games room.
The History of MLP
I did a good deal of shopping this year, adding to both my Snuzzle/Peachy army and Twilight Sparkle army, as well as several other treasures.  I came in 2nd in MLP Trivia (again!)  And I very much enjoyed seeing the display of MLP history, lovely watercolour artwork, and contest entries.
Day 1 shopping (not including G2 castle)
Day 2 shopping (not including little bits)
Hasbro inspired custom contest entries
View of the hotel - do you think we're in the right place?
Of course, the best part of the Fair is seeing all the friends we only get to see once a year, and making new ones as well!  I know we're all looking forward to next year already, but I hope the Fair staff takes a good long rest before the planning begins.

Thank you to all the Fair staff and volunteers for making our weekend amazing!  Additional pictures can be seen here.


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