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Illinois Section AWWA - E-Splash -  May 2012

MAC Committee
Terry Locke, MAC Committee Chair

WATERCON 2012 is now in the history books. And what a wondrous week it was.

Talk about a busy two days. The Grand Opening of the exhibit hall on Tuesday was a whole lot of fun. We had the official BIG scissors that were used by Krishna Pagilla, the new president of IWEA and Dennis Ross, the outgoing chair of the ISAWWA to cut the ribbons and start the Kazoo-led parade into the exhibit hall.

Now I know there's video out there somewhere of the Splash Mob routine performed to the Water Cycle song but, luckily I haven't seen it yet. I just hope I didn't embarrass myself too much. Top-Ops, the Water Taste Test, a box lunch and the Meet & Greet with the 50-50 raffle rounded out the action on Tuesday.

With Wednesday morning's 9:00 start, all the hard working vendors were able to sleep in an extra hour over years past. I, for one, was grateful as I was awake until after 1:00am helping with the Texas Hold'em tournament. The Logo Hunt on Wednesday seemed to be a big hit with a lot of people. The buffet lunch, the IWEA putting contest and the Silent Auction kept traffic moving in the exhibit hall most of the day.

We made a lot of changes in this year's exhibit hall. The committee members circulated around the hall seeking out comments including criticism and compliments. We heard plenty of both and we realize that we need to adjust our plans accordingly. Our MAC Committee's ultimate goal for WATERCON is to make it the Number One event in the Midwest for exhibitors – the one you surely don't want to miss.

So, here are the proposed changes for 2013. The new exhibit hall hours will be:

  • Sunday, March 17th - Booth setup – 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Monday, March 18th - Booth setup – 7:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Exhibit Hall Grand Opening 1:00 pm
  • Meet & Greet 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • IWEA Putting Contest 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday, March 19th - Exhibit hall open 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • TopOps – 11:00 am
  • Water Taste Test 12:00 noon
  • Box lunch 12:00 noon
  • Meet & Greet 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • 50-50 Raffle 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Texas Hold'em 9:00 pm - ???
  • Wednesday, March 20th - Exhibit hall open 8:00 am
  • Silent Auction closes at 11:00 am
  • Exhibit hall closes at 12:00 noon

Silent Auction items will be on display at individual booths all day Tuesday. We will have scheduled breaks in the educational sessions each day to allow traffic through the exhibit hall.

If anyone has any questions or comments you can send them to any member of the MAC Committee. The list of members is available at

We look forward to seeing everyone at Watercon 2013 in Springfield, March 18 – 21, 2013.


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