ALA Convention 2013
The American Livebearer Convention came to town in 2013! We gathered up our gonipodiums and had a blast!
April 25 through 28, 2013 were the dates for the convention in GR and this was a great opportunity to attend a yearly convention of a well known and historic organization. An excellent line up of nationally known speakers were there which included Mike Hellweg and Stephan Tanner, and the Livebearer Show run by Curt Bitterling was huge, with a record number of entries! GVAC scored big with Scott Tetzlaff taking home the Chairman’s Award for most points along with 23 fantastic plaques made by Travis, Robin, Angie and Ben. Patrick Miller and Tom Siegfried also won awards. The large auction on Sunday produced great deals for the buyers, and a large number of excellent livebearers were sent home with new caretakers. Beer afficiando and convention personality Stan D. was also in attendance and was the life of the party.
The event was located at the Crowne Plaza Hotel 5700 East 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546, and the hotel was very helpful and supportive.
GVAC Jeopardy, (Ken Zeedyk, Scott Tetzlaff, and Pat Hartman), Mike Hellweg, Rich Eberly, Michael Koeck, Ron Kelley, Pablo Weaver, and Stephan Tanner. The Goodeid Working Group also participated.
Two collecting trips and a shop hop were attended, and the fourth floor room sales and the Gonopodium Galleria were a blast!
Big extremely large THANK YOU to Tim Boelema, Pat Hartman, Angie LaVoy, Scott Tetzlaff, Dave Hemmerlein, Patrick Miller, Roger Miller, Curt Bitterling, Travis Henkaline, Shea McGee, Mike and Tim Monje, Ben VanDinther, Kory Voodre, SWMAS, (John and Karen Oxner), and many more for making this one of the best ALA conventions ever. Nicely done guys!