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Old 11-02-2009, 08:06 PM
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I went last year and loved it. This year, I bought plane tickets, pre registered for the show, and pre-paid over $1,800 in hotel reservations at the Seelback Hilton in Downtown Louisville. I was ALL set to go and then my mother came down with the swine flu so I had to cancel the trip to stay here and deal with that. I bring our supervisor with us every year, and we were all disappointed, but you gotta do what you got to do.

Worst part was that I decided to save a couple or few hundred bucks by doing a "pre-pay, non refundable hotel purchase" and I had to eat the $1,800...... Last year I spent around $140 for the hotel for a couple nights but I was in some hell hole of a holiday inn by the airport and they stuck me in a smoking room (worst stay of my life), so I decided this year it was time to go all out with the nicest one available. Maybe I won't pre-purchase next year.....
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Old 11-02-2009, 08:14 PM
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There is no perfect time for the Expo. Our seasons vary tremendously in different parts of the country.
I like the comment about Florida. That seems to be a good idea to me. Warmer longer. Nice...
December is too close to Christmas.
January is bad weather for traveling for many.
February..see above.
March...we are all working again...
On and on and on and on.....

No perfect time.....
No perfect time...
mid november - leaf cleanup an close to Thanksgiving

may be august or february?
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Old 11-02-2009, 08:38 PM
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Been many times, this year seemed to be a little smaller outside than inside.
Really missed KOHLER brats!
First time ever had to sign wavier to try a mower.
Thought 15.00$ for buffet was pretty high.
Inside displays were very good.
Talked to several reps that were very knowledgeable about their product.
Sometimes it seems i know more than some of them.
I dont know when the best time of year would work for everybody.
I dont particulary like late OCT.
Inside area was clean and wide aisles not too crowded.
WE stay in New Albany IN. Good hotel ,Quiet too old to party much.
I dont think the recession is over yet .
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Old 11-02-2009, 08:45 PM
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Should have scalped your hotel room. Bet you could have recouped a couple hundred dollars at least...
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Old 11-02-2009, 08:58 PM
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Liked:
Location, just up the road from me.
Wide aisles didn't seem to crowded
I had my name on a cool badge
All the freebies
Seeing products up close
The lady at the MOJACK booth
I love it all around, I always look forward to it all year.
Great to network and see industry trends.


Dislikes:
Paying to park everyday
Had to be a Planet member to attend some classes
Outdoor area was poorly designed, very muddy, would like to see some of the area on asphalt and then drive equipment to a testing area.
BOP was not there, although I saw a BOP truck with mowers in the back?
Food Sucked
Would've liked to seen more snow products there.
Didn't really like companies bringing all there employees there just to screw around, I saw one company bring a bus load, thats just overkill.
Wouldve liked to see more apparel companies there, lawngrips, carhartt etc. I would have bought some clothes.
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Old 11-02-2009, 09:26 PM
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summer is mostly the best time to get away. normally it is hot and dry for msot of the country, but this year was def not that way here so, maybe florida is a good idea in december, well then again, ok, i give up. like my dad said above there is not a perfiect time,
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Old 11-02-2009, 11:09 PM
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MORE Likes:
Got to see and compare all stand up mowers in one day.
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Dislikes:
well its was just me. Food court wasn't impressive.didn't fill me up.couldn't wait to leave and eat.
I am seeing millions of pictures here,was told twice not to take pictures.As if that was some secret mower base still took some
Me and my buddy tailgated at the truck! That's how rednecks roll! LOL
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Old 11-02-2009, 11:14 PM
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Liked:
Location, just up the road from me.
Wide aisles didn't seem to crowded
I had my name on a cool badge
All the freebies
Seeing products up close
Quote:
The lady at the MOJACK booth
I love it all around, I always look forward to it all year.
Great to network and see industry trends.


Dislikes:
Paying to park everyday
Had to be a Planet member to attend some classes
Outdoor area was poorly designed, very muddy, would like to see some of the area on asphalt and then drive equipment to a testing area.
BOP was not there, although I saw a BOP truck with mowers in the back?
Food Sucked
Would've liked to seen more snow products there.
Didn't really like companies bringing all there employees there just to screw around, I saw one company bring a bus load, thats just overkill.
Wouldve liked to see more apparel companies there, lawngrips, carhartt etc. I would have bought some clothes.

Amen on the Mojack lady!! And the Badboy girl!! And the snowplow bunnys!! And the Hooter Girls!! Were there any other booths?
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Old 11-02-2009, 11:20 PM
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Liked:
Hardscape show will be there next year
Able to network
All the freebies
4th street live
Chainsaw chicks
Good times with good friends

Disliked:
Demo area seemed smaller this year
No Kohler brats
Not as many freebies as past years
I knew more than some of the salespeople
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Old 11-03-2009, 07:49 AM
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Amen on the Mojack lady!! And the Badboy girl!! And the snowplow bunnys!! And the Hooter Girls!! Were there any other booths?
BigDog mowers hired some models as well they ran up to me, hugged me, and then gave me some lame bag to carry around. I liked the attention though.
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