AMPS 2006 was a great success on many levels. For the first time, the International show was held away from the Aberdeen, Maryland area. This was a risky move involving a new site, higher show costs and many unknowns.
With the help of many volunteer members, vendors, and our hosts at the World War II Vehicle Museum and Learning Center,
AMPS 2006 was a huge success. Here are a few of the numbers:
Models: 551 models were on display, with 506 of those entered in competition. This is a 25% increase from last year when 405 models were entered. It is the second-highest number of entries in AMPS history and is far above the 429 model average.
Participants: 182 people entered models in competition. This is thirty more than last year and is about 20% above the average for all AMPS shows.
At the start of the show, the Society had 447 members, which is about 20 more than last year at this time.
Vendors: 87 Vendor tables were sold, a new record.
Judging: The judging was finished in record time
The society treasury is in excellent shape; although the show was held at a higher-cost site, this was the highest-grossing show ever and our treasury can sustain us through next year’s show.
Thus by any measure, the show was a great success. AMPS has proven it can move beyond the east coast, into the Midwest, and succeed. A big thanks is due to all the vendors and the entrants who supported the show. Managing a project like the annual show is a big undertaking. Please see Bob Collignon’s post-show “Thank You” notes on the discussion board for recognition of all the key players.
The most important element of an AMPS show, of course, cannot be measured. That is the amount of fun everyone had making new friends, showing their models, admiring other models, learning how to judge, attending seminars, and walking the museum. Where else can you admire a 1/35th Sherman and then walk across the room to look at two or three real ones?