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Old 11-28-2010, 10:41 AM   #1
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I see World of Concrete in Vegas is Jan 18-21st.
With the 17th as a seminar day.

What would you budget for this event? I see Hotels are $65-200/ night.
Looks like public transportation is available. If I go I will budget $1000.00 for 3 days not including transportation to Vegas. What do you think?

Do you really need to go for the whole 4-5 days? I have always managed to get Disney World or the Epcot center done in one day. Your opinions please. Is it even worth going?

What seminar or event(events) did you get the most out of and what did you miss that you wish you hadn't?

Opinions please.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 11-29-2010, 07:49 PM   #2
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I have attended World of Concrete over 15 times, Attended more than 65 classes, and wouldn't be were I am today without it. I would highly recommend going.

I will be there the 16th - 23rd. If you take classes in the morning and attend the show in the afternoon, you will be hard pressed to see every booth in 3 days if you really work it.

You will spend at least $150/night for hotel. Last time I went, I rented a time share off ebay for $500 for 5 days, 3br with kitchen. What you spend will depend on how much fun you want to have. I have 2 clients with condo's out there, so I get to stay for free now. I got my local contractor supply house to give me a code so I can register for free, plus attend the hospitality party with free food and drinks on Wed pm. They have free shuttle buses from the show to more than 10 different hotels. I use the Monorail to get around anymore, you can buy a daily pass for like $12/day.

I just try to be somewhat frugel, so I have more money for fun.

P.S. wear comfortable shoes!, there is more than a million sq.ft. of indoor space, plus what they have outside.

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Old 11-30-2010, 12:23 PM   #3
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CaliDesigns
Thanks for the response. Yes I need to get to the next level with some appropriate training. I have done lots of grey concrete(27+years) and I am trying to move more toward the decorative side.
My Decorative skills are low, although I have attended a couple of deminars.
Decorative is not in high demand in my area but I get my foot in the door with the grey stuff.
Thanks again for your thoughts and I hope to hear more from you and others.
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Old 11-30-2010, 08:26 PM   #4
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You are in Florida! That is one of the states it started in! Hope to see you at WOC!
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I have gone once, two years ago.

I stayed in one of the old downtown casinoes. $29 a night and a three day pass on the bus route, I was able to keep it pretty cheap. I scored an invite to a nice little evening party by sitting and listening to a demo about consolidated grout. The party was sponsored by Quickrete and was at one of the new places on the strip. I took the bus again. They had a bunch of appitizers and a bunch of guys standing around pounding drinks. (not an open bar if I recall correctly.) Pretty boring really, I struck up a few conversations, and then headed for my room. The food was first class.

I am not ashamed to admit I am a cheapskate. I didn't gamble the first penny. You can walk all day every day without slowing down and you just might see everything. Linger a little at a few boths that interest you and you will not get to all the area's.

The second nite I went to the mason's party at another big resort. It was packed with about a thousand mason and three trays of appetizers. I kept waiting for them to serve something decent in an amount that everyone could enjoy, but it never happened. It was very loud there, when they started handing out door prizes. They gave a bunch of crap away, of course I never got lucky. I was invited to that because I was a MCAA member at the time.

There is a ton of stuff going on, from product and equipment demo's to the bricklayer 500. The winner drives home a new F250.

I didn't go to any seminars, they are pricey and in my opinion not worth the time. If you decide to go, register before you get there, it will save you some time and you can start looking at the display's right away instead of registering. I killed an hour registering. If you don't have an ID badge hanging on your neck, security will chase you out of the place, so get online and register. I think you have to do it soon, if you wait too late, they make you do it in Vegas.
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This is a great event for all concrete contractors. Nothing compares to being able to meet and share ideas with other concrete professionals in person.

Staying in Vegas is quite cheap now, and you should be able to find hotels on a site like expedia for less than 40/night.
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I've been there 3-4 times in the last 12 years or so. It's well worth the trip if you've never been there, as there is an amazing amount of product, and subsequent info, that you can learn about first hand. As for cost, I enjoy gambling some (in moderation) and I think you'd have no problem making it on a grand for spending money.

I haven't been there since '07, and it seems like it just gets tougher every year to alot the time & money to attend, but one of these years I'll hit it again. I ended up being "roped" into laboring for a mason who worked for me at the time as he competed in the Bricklayer 500. I was sore fr days after, and maybe that's just why I'm avoiding going again.................
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Old 12-06-2010, 01:39 PM   #8
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I was thinking of driving but that would take 2-3 days drive each way and at todays fuel costs over $260 in gas.
I checked expedia and tripres and I can fly cheaper than for the gas alone. I am looking at a fly package with hotel for 4-500 bucks. For you really cheap guys hotels under $30 are available. (I am a cheap a$$ too)

I missed the shows in Orlando because I was in the AF. Otherwise that would have been ideal.

I remember the ice storms in Texas so even more reason to fly. Extra benny you get a free groping now. I wonder If I should carry something extra in my shorts for the government agents? Or maybe just some special undies.

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