July 10-12, 2014
Summer FUN began on Wednesday the 9th with dealer set up at 2PM. The public came in on Thursday at 10AM. There were 214 dealer booths, 2 more than last year. Attendance was approximately 3000. The temperature in Orlando was about 90 degrees with showers in the afternoon. The show was in Hall WA1, next to the Rosen Centre. Little did we know that there was a boys age 7-12 basketball tournament right next to us in Hall WA2. At times they were totally unsupervised and bouncing basketballs everywhere. It was a miracle no one was hurt.
There were 11 exhibits filling 47 cases. We had 6 educational programs, 2 each day, that were reasonably well attended. The YN program had 40 kids and the Scout program had 91. .
The Coin Club Get Together had 28 attendees representing 19 different coin clubs. The Piedmont Gold Panners always seemed busy. We had 5 coin club buses bringing in 156 club members. Jacksonville had 39, Ocala & Palm Beach each had 35, Sarasota 25 and West Hernando had 22 on board.
The grading services attending were, NGC, PMG, ICG, and ANACS. The Heritage Auction did $ 9,721,000. We had Wizard Supply, “Coins & Kids” booth had prizes for all kids. There were 26 tables in the Budget Section and 15 tables in the Foreign & Ancient Section.
Every dealer that I spoke to said they had a good show. As far as I know everything went smoothly.
Many thanks go out to Convention Coordinator Cindy Wibker, FUN Officers & Board, and all of the FUN volunteers.
We now look forward to the January FUN show, 8-11, 2015. It will be FUN’s 60th anniversary and the 300th anniversary of the sinking of the 1715 Fleet off of the east coast of Florida. Have a good summer and fall, and we will see you in Orlando, Hall D, West Concourse in January.