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AMPS 2021 International Convention
Thu Apr 29, 2021 to Sat May 1, 2021
Marriott at City Center, Newport News, VA


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AMPS 2023 International Convention
May 4, 2023 to May 6, 2023, Penn Harris Hotel, Camp Hill, PA
AMPS 2022 International Convention
Apr 7, 2022 to Apr 9, 2022, Marriott at City Center, Newport News, VA
AMPS 2020 International Convention
Sep 24, 2020 to Sep 26, 2020, Crowne Plaza Danbury, 18 Old Ridgebury Rd., Danbury CT.
AMPS 2019 International Convention
May 9, 2019 to May 11, 2019, Buffalo Grand Hotel (formerly the Adam's Mark Hotel), Buffalo, NY
AMPS 2018 International Convention
May 3, 2018 to May 5, 2018, Hope Hotel and Richard C. Holbrooke Conference Center, Dayton, OH
AMPS 2017 International Convention
Apr 20, 2017 to Apr 22, 2017, Crowne Plaza Danbury Hotel, Danbury, CT
AMPS 2016 International Convention
Apr 7, 2016 to Apr 9, 2016, Sumter, South Carolina
AMPS 2015 International Convention
Apr 30, 2015 to May 2, 2015, WW2 Victory Museum, Auburn IN
AMPS 2014 International Convention
Apr 3, 2014 to Apr 5, 2014, Fredericksburg, Virginia
AMPS 2013 International Convention
Apr 18, 2013 to Apr 20, 2013, Atlanta Marriott Century Center, Atlanta, Georgia
AMPS 2012 International Convention
Apr 26, 2012 to Apr 28, 2012, WW2 Victory Museum, Auburn IN
AMPS 2011 International Convention
Apr 6, 2011 to Apr 9, 2011, Fredericksburg, Virginia
AMPS 2010 International Convention
Apr 22, 2010 to Apr 24, 2010, WW2 Victory Museum, Auburn, IN
AMPS 2009 International Convention
Apr 17, 2009 to Apr 18, 2009, Havre de Grace, Maryland
AMPS 2008 International Convention
Apr 10, 2008 to Apr 12, 2008, WW2 Victory Museum, Auburn, IN
AMPS 2007 International Convention
Apr 19, 2007 to Apr 21, 2007, Havre de Grace, Maryland
AMPS 2006 International Convention
Apr 28, 2006 to Apr 29, 2006, World War II Military Vehicle Museum, Hubbard, Ohio
AMPS 2005 International Convention
Apr 15, 2005 to Apr 16, 2005, Havre de Grace, Maryland
AMPS 2004 International Convention
Apr 16, 2004 to Apr 17, 2004, Havre de Grace, Maryland
AMPS 2003 International Convention
Apr 11, 2003 to Apr 12, 2003, Havre de Grace, Maryland
AMPS 2002 International Convention
Apr 19, 2002 to Apr 20, 2002, Havre de Grace, Maryland
AMPS 2001 International Convention
Apr 20, 2001 to Apr 21, 2001, Havre de Grace, Maryland
AMPS 2000 International Convention
Apr 14, 2000 to Apr 15, 2000, Havre de Grace, Maryland
AMPS 99 International Convention
Apr 16, 1999 to Apr 17, 1999, Havre de Grace, Maryland
AMPS 98 International Convention
Apr 17, 1998 to Apr 18, 1998, Havre de Grace, Maryland

AMPS 2021 International Convention 

Dear Friends,

I suspect many of you already had a feeling this notice would come. I can’t tell you how so disappointed our convention committee has been over the past few weeks. It is with the best interest of all involved and with the unanimous support from AMPS leadership and our convention committee that we have decided to Reschedule our AMPS 2021 International Convention.

We considered what is best for the safety of everyone involved, as well as a responsibility to do what is right and best for the membership of the organization.

However, there is good news!

We have worked out an available date for the 2022 convention. We will simply move all aspects of this year’s convention, its theme, special awards including the original 2020 theme to April 7-9, 2022 at the same location: The Marriott at City Center, Newport News, VA. The Marriott has graciously kept all room pricing and arrangements the same for the 2022 convention.

There are many factors involved in this decision the most of which include:

  • Virginia has instituted tight COVID-19 restrictions where we essentially can’t have more than 10 people in a meeting room. While COVID-19 vaccinations are progressing and we are seeing a decrease in cases, we don’t know what restrictions will be placed on us to host a convention in Virginia.
  • The convention team needs at least 60 days to ramp up many of the final details for the convention: gather sponsors, get t-shirts, trophies and finalize convention prep.
  • The convention team considered a number of options for holding the AMPS International Convention during 2021; however, we still don’t have a clear path (regarding COVID-19) for later in the year.

Housekeeping notes for members, participants, and vendors.

  • The hotel will cancel all individual reservations with no cancellation penalty if you booked through the online reservation system. You will need to register for the 2022 convention. We will post a follow-up notice here on the AMPS website and on the AMPS Facebook page as soon as the Marriott has cancelled all AMPS 2021 reservations.
  • Chris Graeter, the AMPS Vendor Coordinator will be reaching out to each vendor with specific guidance concerning refunds or carry over to AMPS 2022.
  • Zach Hudson, the AMPS Sponsorship Coordinator will be reaching out to each sponsor with specific guidance concerning refunds or carry over to AMPS 2022.

What do you need to do for AMPS 2022?

Hotel reservations are open for 2022! You can call the Marriott reservation system at 866-329-1758 and ask for the AMPS International group block. You can also go directly to the Marriott hotel’s online registration:

  • Special group rate: Newport News Marriott at City Center for $132.00 per night.
  • If you arrive in Newport News early, enjoy the special group rate starting from April 3, 2022 through April 10, 2022.
  • Book your room prior to March 3, 2022 to ensure you receive the special rate. Reservations made after March 3rd may not be eligible for the discounted convention rate.

Since many of you will not have an opportunity to shop our vendors this year, we encourage you to consider spending some of your “convention money” with them either in-person or through their on-line shops. The following is a list of the AMPS 2021 vendors:


Armand Bayardi Model Maker

Boomers' Books & Empire Models

Challenger N-Scale Hobbies

Custom Dioramics

David Doyle Books

For The Historian

Frank Rincon

HQ72 Resin Productions

Hobbyworld USA

MCW Finishes

Microworld Games, LLC

S&J Hobbies

Stars for Our Troops

Tiger Werke Resin

Unique Tools

Wanamaker Hobbies

During the COVID-19 lock downs, many of us have completed a number of models worthy of entry in AMPS 2022. This means we anticipate a greater than normal number of entries in the AMPS 2022 competition. Please remember that running all aspects of the AMPS International Convention take an enormous amount of voluntary time so that you can have a fantastic experience. We ask that you consider volunteering some time to support AMPS 2022 by judging, working registration, or the raffle. As we put together the AMPS 2022 website, we’ll provide you with the ability to sign-up as a volunteer to help put on AMPS 2022 as we get closer to the convention date.

The AMPS Central Virginia convention team and AMPS international leadership team started down this road in May 2018. None of us could have anticipated where we are today. We have worked through these conditions as best as possible and expect to see remarkable improvements for everyone this year as we all look forward to gathering together in April 2022. Each member of this year’s team deserves three well-earned “Huzzas” for all this past year’s effort as well as more time this year as we prepare for 2022.

Thank you for your patience and support during this crazy time. Until 2022!

Ashley Abernathy
Convention Chair, AMPS Central Virginia

John Charvat
AMPS, President

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